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Obituary: David Abel, Economics Czar Under Myanmar’s Military Regime, Dies

David Oliver Abel, a former brigadier general and the economics czar of Myanmar’s military regime in the 1990s, died of heart failure in Yangon on Sunday. He was 84. Of Anglo-Burman, Indian and Jewish Catholic descent, he was one of only a few non-Buddhists in the military government. Born in Yangon, David Abel was selected […]

North Korean Restaurant in Yangon Ordered to Close its Doors

The government ordered a restaurant belonging to the North Korean Embassy in Yangon be shut down recently following a request from the US for Myanmar to respect a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution on sanctions against North Korea. Aryani Manring, who is assistant public affairs spokesperson for the US Embassy, told The Irrawaddy that […]

Army Shutters Myawaddy Checkpoint in Clampdown on Auto Smuggling

Two Border Guard Force (BGF) soldiers refused The Irrawaddy permission to approach a border crossing between Myawaddy and Mae Sot, Thailand on foot on Monday, saying the area was closed. The closure reportedly followed efforts by the army to clamp down on vehicle smuggling across the Thai border. According to Kyaw Than, an automobile trader […]

Myanmar army moves worry China

Since the Kofi Annan Commission on Rakhine state announced its recommendations a month ago, Aung San Suu Kyi has been insisting that her government is committed to implementing them. As a part of this plan, a ministerial-level committee to monitor progress on the implementation of the commission’s recommendations has been formed. But the government has […]

Why the visit of Myanmar’s military chief is important to New Delhi

The commander-in-chief of Myanmar defence forces, senior general Min Aung Hlaing, is currently on an eight-day tour of India. He is visiting numerous cities such as Gaya, Varanasi, Ahmedabad and Vishakhapatnam and will meet several military and civilian leaders. On 14 July in New Delhi, he is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi, defence […]

The Road to Muse

Mandalay-Muse Road linking Mandalay, the second capital city of Myanmar, and Muse located on Myanmar-China border plays a pivotal role in border trade between the two countries. The road was once notorious for its poor condition coupled with the then thriving insurgency. But nowadays, the situation has changed a lot as the country is moving […]

China or India: Difficult choice for new Myanmar government

Even as the Aung San Suu Kyi-led National League for Democracy (NLD) is expected to form a new government in Myanmar, China has lost no time in diagnosing the import of the party’s victory and is all set to recalibrate its policy towards the country to steal a march over India towards gaining a deeper […]

Myanmar opens door for Aust mining

A burst of $US3.6 billion ($A4.85 billion) invested in Myanmar’s oil and gas sector in the past year is a green light for Australian companies involvement, Australian business representatives say. In 2014, the Myanmar government awarded 40 onshore and offshore oil and gas licences and Australia’s Woodside Petroleum is exploring two offshore areas in the […]