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Myanmar: More than 60,000 affected by dam collapse

The collapse of part of a dam in Myanmar has unleashed giant waves of water and forced the mass evacuation of several villages and towns. Watch this report. ...

In Myanmar, Flood Warnings Come After the Floods

This year’s monsoon season has brought crippling floods to many parts of Southeast Asia. In some cases, poor dam construction, deforestation and a lack of emergency preparations have worsened the effects. Keep reading ...

Chinese-Funded Port Gives Myanmar a Sinking Feeling

Myanmar’s government wants to sharply reduce the scale of a Chinese-funded port project on the Bay of Bengal that officials say risks saddling the country with unsustainable debt. Keep reading ...

Japanese investors eye retail sector investments in Myanmar

Wholesalers and retailers from Japan, Thailand and South Korea met with the Ministry of Commerce (MOC) to discuss investments in the Myanmar retail sector, said U Yan Naing Tun, director general of the Department of Trade under MOC. Among the companies was Japanese retailer Aeon ...

Military Rule May Be Over, But Myanmar's Film Industry Remains in a Tawdry Time Warp

Racism, homophobia and anti-Muslim sentiment are rampant in Myanmar’s movies—the result, insiders say, of nearly five decades of military rule in which stringent censorship ultimately stifled any chance of a proper cinema culture. Keep reading ...

Rohingya turn to blockchain to solve identity crisis

Rohingya refugees are turning to blockchain-type technology to help address one of their most existential threats: lack of officially-recognised identity. Denied citizenship in their home country of Myanmar for decades, the Muslim minority was the target of a brutal campaign of violence by the military which culminated ...

Singapore FinTech Enables Instant Blockchain Remittance for Myanmar Migrant Workers in Thailand

Everex, a Singapore-based financial technology firm, has partnered with Myanmar’s Shwe Bank to introduce blockchain-Powered remittance Services between Myanmar and Thailand. The blockchain firm claims that the partnership will enable millions of Myanmar migrant workers living in Thailand to send money home instantly and securely at ...

Jade, drugs and GDP

Myanmar boasts of possessing precious natural resources including those that are mined, legally or otherwise, and one of these resources is jade. But there is an enormous difference between the official data and estimates provided by non-profit organisations like Global Witness. Keep reading ...

Trump administration walking back Obama-era foreign policy mistakes in Burma

Less than two years after sanctions were lifted, that decision looks like a major foreign policy mistake, according to a variety of experts and human rights activists who told Fox News that Burma – also known as Myanmar – has slipped back into a miltary-dominated ...

Myanmar: Aung San Suu Kyi defends policies towards Rohingya

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has defended her government’s actions in Rakhine state which have forced more than 700,000 Muslim-majority Rohingya to flee their homes and seek refuge in neighbouring Bangladesh. Keep reading  ...

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