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Myanmar president’s resignation draws mixed reactions

YANGON — Myanmar was plunged into uncertainty on Wednesday with the announcement that the country’s president, Htin Kyaw, had resigned after two years in office. A brief notice posted on the president’s official Facebook page said simply that he had resigned effective March 21 because he needed to “rest from current duties and responsibilities.” The […]

New Myanmar oil pipeline bolsters China’s energy security

The opening of an oil pipeline through Myanmar is a big step forward for China’s energy security, reducing the major importer’s reliance on shipments through waters where the U.S. exerts strong influence. Chinese President Xi Jinping and Htin Kyaw, his counterpart from Myanmar, agreed Monday to activate an oil pipeline stretching roughly 770km from Kyaukpyu, […]

Cambodia, Myanmar Pledge to Enhance Trade, Tourism, Education Ties

​​ Cambodia and Myan­mar have pledged to enhance their bi­lateral relations in trade, tourism and education, according to a Cambodian senior official. The pledge was made during a meeting between Cambodian Prime Minis­ter Samdech Techo Hun Sen and visiting Myanmar President U Htin Kyaw, said Eang Sophalleth, an assistant to the prime minister. Htin Kyaw […]

Myanmar Will Be Able to Play US Game ‘Battlefield 1’ After Being Abruptly Cut Off

A Burmese Reddit user named trivia_sublime commanded the attention of the site’s home page this morning after he reported that Electronic Arts had blocked users in Myanmar from using its digital distribution platform Origin following a recent update, reportedly in compliance with U.S. sanction laws. The internet rallied to his cause, to put it lightly. At the […]

Myanmar is cracking down on Buddhist extremism directed at Muslims

YANGON (Reuters) – Myanmar is cracking down on Buddhist extremism, aiming to curb ethnic and religious tension that saw two mosques destroyed and scores of Muslim residents fleeing their villages in recent weeks. Nobel Peace Prize winner and government leader Aung San Suu Kyi has come under criticism from human rights activists and lawyers for […]

The Land Rush in Myanmar

After decades of military rule, Myanmar at last has a democratically elected government. Longtime opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s party took charge in March, with her ally Htin Kyaw becoming president and the Nobel laureate herself serving as foreign affairs minister. In response, the U.S. last month announced a partial rollback of economic sanctions […]

Targeted Myanmar tycoon may profit from US sanctions changes

YANGON, May 18 (Reuters) – Standing among the party seeing off Myanmar’s new president as he left for Russia on Wednesday was leading businessman Htun Myint Naing, better known as Steven Law. Only the day before, the United States had added six of his companies to the Treasury’s blacklist, a move that is unlikely to […]

NLD govt faces daunting task in reforming ruined universities

YANGON (Myanmar Now) – On a recent April morning, Aung Kyaw Soe got off the bus near the University of West-Yangon after spending some 2 hours in traffic to reach the campus located on the city’s outskirts. “When we take the public bus to the university we break out in a sweat and are not […]

Myanmar can flourish by sowing seeds of agricultural prosperity

On 30 March, Htin Kyaw, a long-time adviser and ally of Aung San Suu Kyi – whose National League for Democracy party achieved a historic victory inrecent elections – became the first elected civilian to hold office in Myanmar since the army took over in 1962. The NLD won the democratic battle and enjoys unparalleled political capital and […]

Jovago aims high in Myanmar with hotel-booking app for domestic tourists

A NEW HOTEL booking app has been launched in Myanmar with the aim of boosting domestic tourism. Developed by Jovago, the app is available in Burmese and features a selection of more than 700 hotels across the country. It is targeting partnering 95 per cent of hotels in Myanmar by the end of this year. […]