Indian cold pills pour over remote border to fuel Myanmar narcotics boom

Five years ago, when cold pills first trickled across Myanmar’s untamed border with India, many local officials were baffled. Where was this medicine going, and why were smugglers so interested in it? Today, the cross-border trickle has become a torrent and everyone knows why the Indian-made pills are so valuable: they are bound for secret laboratories in […]

IT firm denies ex-minister’s claims

RedLink, a data communications service provider, has spoken out against comments made by the former information minister Ye Htut regarding tax evasion. It denied Ye Htut’s accusations saying the firm was of good standing and was listed three years in a row for paying extremely high levels of tax. RedLink added that Ye Htut’s claims […]

Myanmar’s transition committee lays out priorities

For the first time since Myanmar’s independence, the country will see its military government hand over its responsibilities to a civilian government. To ensure a smooth transfer of power, members of the outgoing military government and the National League for Democracy (NLD) have formed a joint eight-member transition committee. One of the committee’s members is […]

Myanmar sets up committee to facilitate power transfer to NLD

An eight-member committee has been set up to facilitate the transfer of power from the current Myanmar government to the National League for Democracy Party (NLD). According to Myanmar News Agency, President Thein Sein met NLD Chairperson Aung San Suu Kyi on Dec 2 to discuss plans for the smooth transfer of state responsibility and […]

Myanmar appeals for international assistance for flood relief

Myanmar said on Tuesday it had appealed for international assistance to help provide food, temporary shelter and clothing for more than 210,000 people affected by widespread flooding following weeks of heavy monsoon rains. At least 47 people have died in the floods, according to the government. Myanmar’s call for international aid stands in sharp contrast […]

Myanmar president hosts rare Suu Kyi talks amid constitution debate

YANGON: Myanmar President Thein Sein had a rare meeting on Monday (Mar 2) with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to discuss constitutional changes and the first election under the country’s new democratic system, a minister said. It was the fifth round of talks between the two since the Nobel laureate’s release from house arrest […]

China Looks to High-Speed Rail to Expand Reach

BEIJING — A favorite export from China to its neighbors these days are high-speed rail lines designed to make trade routes in the vast stretches of Asia more accessible and fortify Chinese dreams of turning its southern reaches into the capital of mainland Southeast Asia. But not everyone wants to be bound so close. A […]

West hurting only itself with economic sanctions on Myanmar

Myanmar’s opening up has attracted much interest, not only from its Asian neighbours but also those in the West that once considered the country a pariah state. Recent events, however, suggest that Naypyidaw’s honeymoon with the United States and Europe may be waning over political issues. In contrast, China and others remain ready to engage, […]

Minister of Energy to chair investment commission

Minister for Energy Zayyar Aung, who has a close relationship with President Thein Sein, has been appointed as chairperson of the influential Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC). In a new reshuffle, a number of top ministers and government officials, including Htay Aung (Hotels and Tourism), Win Tun (Environment and Forestry) and Tun Shin (Attorney General), were […]

Myanmar brushes off limited US sanctions renewal

YANGON: Myanmar on Friday shrugged off US President Barack Obama’s decision to renew some sanctions against the country in order to spur continued reform, in a move that highlighted fears over continued rights abuses. Obama said sanctions restricting certain investments should be renewed because the former military-run nation still poses “an unusual and extraordinary threat […]