Sunday, 01 June 2014 17:46

Myanmar’s rice bowl potential

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Winnowing the challenges for realising the rice sector’s export potential

On a hot afternoon in early May, U Tin Myint was looking forward to early rain. He was well prepared. His diesel-powered ploughing machine had been serviced. The paddy seeds were ready to be sown. The first rains are usually not heavy, but they soften the earth and help the paddy seeds to germinate. Unlike most farmers, who grow seedlings to transplant in the mud of their fields, he will grow the rice in one uninterrupted process. The 70-year-old has no choice.

Saturday, 31 May 2014 18:40

The ups and downs of the kyat

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What makes the value of Myanmar’s currency move up or down?

Money makes the world go round. It’s more than just a famous line in the song performed by Liza Minnelli in the musical “Cabaret”. It’s the truth. Without the availability and transferability of stable currency, transactions would be difficult. Money is the lubricant of the economy.

Saturday, 31 May 2014 18:31

Sky Age schooling fills an education gap

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Months after being released from prison in October 2011, Saw Thet Tun, gathered a few comrades and spent more than a year travelling throughout Myanmar, teaching English to groups of young people.

BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) ? By the time Muslim rubber tappers came across the boy in a jungle in southern Thailand, he was so weak he couldn’t even wave away the flies and mosquitoes that covered his body.

Monday, 26 May 2014 19:41

Myanmar’s Golden Age of football glory

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U Myo Win Nyunt shows his Fair Play Award won by the Burma Team at the '72 Olympics

They were called the “White Angels”, because of the colour of their kit, and between 1965 and 1973 they won every Southeast Asian football championship, were one of the region’s most successful sides and brought pride and joy to their adoring Burmese fans.

Journalism students from the University of Strasbourg in France arrived in Yangon at the start of May and are working under a deadline to publish a 52-page magazine, produce a 26-minute television programme and make an online documentary in a month.

Monday, 26 May 2014 18:28

Counselling a 'trauma society'

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‘We have a really unique opportunity to help people’

Ko Kwin Moe Myint, a student activist involved in the democracy uprising in 1988 said he never feared arrest. Even after being jailed for seven months in 1991, his spirit was unbroken.


The impact of climate change and the rehabilitation of region’s mangrove forests were dominant themes of President U Thein Sein’s opening address on May 11 at the first summit of Southeast Asian leaders to be hosted by Myanmar.

Sunday, 11 May 2014 18:30

Deadly gamble

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Antivenom shortage costing lives in Myanmar

Myanmar is home to some of the most venomous snakes in the world – a total of 39 known deadlyspecies that include vipers, cobras and kraits.

Sunday, 11 May 2014 18:26

Pushing professionalism

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Veteran trekking guide aims for an industry upgrade

By the sixth time in as many minutes that your tourist guide has told you that he will provide a full invoice “tomorrow”, you may be fed up hearing it, but for U Doh Soe Min, chairman of the Myanmar Tourist Guides Association, Kalaw branch, this is an important part of improving standards and professionalising the trekking industry.