Burma Removes Hundreds of Names from Blacklist

RANGOON — The names of some 600 foreign and Burmese nationals were removed from Burma’s blacklist, the Ministry of Labor, Immigration and Population told The Irrawaddy on Thursday. A move that was pledged by Union minister Thein Swe as part of his ministry’s 100-day plan, led to the removal of 607 names—more than 200 Burmese and 300 […]

Thailand reaffirms Dawei plans, but does Myanmar?

“The governments of Thailand and Myanmar reaffirmed that the Dawei megaproject will create thousands of jobs and improve the livelihoods of people along the border,” according to Thailand’s caretaker Prime Minister Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha. Prayuth was speaking at a joint press conference in Bangkok on Friday. Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi also addressed reporters, […]

Tanintharyi villagers demand end to palm-oil project

Tanintharyi mountain villagers have demanded that the Myanmar Stark Prestige Plantation Company (MSPP) suspend its plans to cut down their forests and seize their land to open palm-oil plantations. They claim they are suffering from severe water problems and a scarcity of cultivable land. Villagers from the lower reaches of the Tanintharyi River in Myeik […]

Trial phase of KNU hydropower dam to cost $1 million

IT is anticipated that $1 million will be used in the preliminary trial phase of a Karen National Union (KNU) construction of Baw Ka Hta hydropower dam project, located in Nyaunglebin district of Bago Region, says Saw Tar Doh Moo, the chair of the KNU central economic committee. As well as working to have a […]

Controversial palm oil project sparks arguments

Letters were exchanged between the Taninthayi regional government and the Karen National Union (KNU) over a palm oil production project run by Myanmar Stark Prestige Plantation Co Ltd, in cooperation with a Malaysian company. The debate started when company officials sent a complaint letter to the regional government claiming that the KNU demanded they shut […]

Trial of Traders Hotel bombing suspects continues

The trial of suspects allegedly linked to the spate of bomb blasts in Yangon last October, including a blast at the former Traders Hotel, is continuing, sources from the Western District Court said. Three men are on trial at the court for a plot to bomb the Western Park Ruby Restaurant in Ahlone Township. The […]

Chinese firm claims Hpa-an locals support cement factory project

Myanmar Jidong Cement Company, a subsidiary of Chinese multinational giant Tangshan Jidong, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of cement, has countered claims that local communities in Karen State capital Hpa-an are opposed to their building a factory in the area, saying it has the support of the people, and that it intends building the […]

More arrested over recent bombings

After interrogating Saw Myint Lwin and seven accomplices who have confessed to recent bomb blasts throughout the country, the Myanmar Police Force has made more arrests in connection with the crimes, the force says. “We are interrogating those arrested recently to explore more about the case. We are collaborating with police members from various regions […]

Myanmar Police Say Karen Businessmen Plotted Bombings

RANGOON — Rangoon Division’s police chief says a group of ethnic Karen businessmen allegedly planned the recent string of bomb blasts in Burma to scare off foreign investors from their resource-rich Karen State. The police have detained eight suspects following bomb blasts in several states and divisions over the past week, the police chief said […]

Bombs aimed at scaring foreign investors away from lucrative areas of country

YANGON – A series of bomb blasts in Myanmar over the past week was intended to scare away foreign investments in the country, authorities said on Friday. Since Oct 9, there have been at least 10 small explosions or attempted bombings that have killed two people and injured several, including an American woman who sustained […]