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The European Unionhas announced that it will pledge 257 million euro (US$320.6 million) to Myanmar to fund rural development, political reform, peace initiatives and other issues for the next three years.

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Poppy growers in Pekon Township, Southern Shan State have told the government that they cannot give up producing opium unless the government comes up with alternatives such as development and crop substitution projects, reports the Kantarawaddy Times.

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Aik Htun, chairman of Shwe Taung Group of Myanmar, at the offices of BeritaSatu Media Holdings in Jakarta on Oct. 6, 2014. (JG Photo/Yudhi Sukma Wijaya)

Jakarta. (Jakarta Globe) - Myanmar could look to Indonesia, which emerged as a democratic country after 32 years of authoritarian rule under Suharto, as a guide in building the nation politically and economically after a half century of military control, according to an executive of a large conglomerate in Myanmar.

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Computers with internet access will be introduced in 55 of Myanmar’s public libraries under a programme due to begin this October, Dr Thant Thaw Kaung, executive director of the Myanmar Book Aid & Preservation Foundation told Mizzima on October 1.

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Yangon Mayor U Hla Myint has pledged that tendering for a massive public housing project on the city's western outskirts will be transparent if it is approved at a sitting of the regional parliament on September 26.

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Rakhine Chief Minister U Maung Maung Ohn has asked non-government organisations to provide development aid for poor ethnic Rakhine villages, a state government minister told Mizzima on September 3.