If one person stood out among the speakers, panellists and delegates at the “3rd Conference on Media Development in Myanmar” it was Minister of Information U Ye Htut.

Celebrating success ... MySQUAR executives, from left: Han Tun Lwin, product manager; David Rossellat, chief technology officer; Linda Lim, chief executive officer; and San Lin, director, business development. Photo: Lwin Maung Maung

MyChat, a free mobile messaging application created for Myanmar users, soared to a leading market position within days of its launch, product developer MySQUAR said in a news release.

More foreign investment is needed to create the macroeconomic infrastructure essential for further development and to create jobs, Energy Minister and Myanmar Investment Commission chairman U Zay Yar Aung said on September 16.

Saturday, 27 September 2014 14:56

'Myanmar can be an extraordinary gateway for ASEAN'

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Nay Pyi Taw event to highlight ASEAN business, investment opportunities

The ASEAN Business and Investment Summit at Nay Pyi Taw in November will provide a fertile networking environment for participants, says businessman and entrepreneur, U Moe Kyaw, a member of the ASEAN Business Advisory Council, which is organising the event. Photo: Supplied

The national capital, Nay Pyi Taw, will be teeming with heads of state or government and international and regional business leaders in mid-November.

Erosion has stripped the topsoil from cleared hillsides near Pam Lem village, making poppy growing more difficult.

Growing poppy was a moral dilemma, said Khun Aung Htun, 29, a resident of Bant Sawk village, about 13 miles (21 km) from Hopone.

Saturday, 20 September 2014 19:06

From opium to espresso

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An alternative crop brings hope to southern Shan State poppy growers

Long Htway village resident Sai Sang Sai, 31, displays poppy seeds. Of the 39 familes in the village, 15 have begun growing coffee. Photos: Portia Larlee

“We couldn't stay in the village; I had three young children and one was still breastfeeding,” said Nang Ba Na, 66, recalling the grim time when the fighting came. “We didn't have torch lights then, only pine oil lamps; we slept under trees.”

Sunday, 14 September 2014 16:18

A century of suppressing student activism

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The suppression of student activism begun during the British colonial period endures in Myanmar.

‘The message I want to convey to the public is that early diagnosis is vital’

Myanmar is stepping up efforts to counter the growing public health threat posed by diabetes with the first national study of the disease due to be conducted this month and a publicity campaign helping to raise awareness about the insidious but common non-communicable condition.

Saturday, 13 September 2014 17:06

Myanmar's dry zone

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Assessing the challenges to building a greener future

Myanmar's vast central dry zone and the challenges to improving its agricultural productivity and bringing more security to the lives of its villagers were the focus of a workshop held recently in Yangon by the Mercy Corps, an international non-government organisation based in the United States.

Sunday, 07 September 2014 16:06

Harm reduction for 'floating' community

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Indian NGO supports Myanmar drug users

Every day dozens of Myanmar drug users cross the porous border with India at Tamu to buy and inject heroin in Moreh, where a community-based organisation is doing what it can to ensure the harm caused by their addiction is kept to a minimum.