What’s so special about a white elephant?

The expression “white elephant” refers to a gift, typically cumbersome and large in size, that is difficult to dispose of and exorbitantly expensive to maintain. Like, say, something that eats 200 to 600 pounds of food in a single day. Legend holds that the king of Siam would bestow white elephants upon his wilier courtiers, […]

Myanmar captures 9th rare white elephant

YANGON: Myanmar’s forestry department has captured a rare white elephant in the jungles of the country’s western Ayeyarwaddy region, an official said on Sunday. The 7-year-old female was captured on Friday, six weeks after it was initially spotted in a reserve in Pathein township, forestry official Tun Tun Oo said. It’s the ninth white elephant […]

SCG to Pour in $400m in Mawlamyine Cement Plant

Thailand’s largest cement plant, Siam Cement Group (SCG), is investing $400 million to build its first “clean and green” cement plant in Myanmar’s Mawlamyine, 300 kilometres southeast of Yangon. The cement plant is expected to be operational in the mid-2016 with a production capacity of 1.8 million tonnes per year, the firm said. The company […]