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A picture made available on 03 October 2014 shows the sun setting down as people drive and ride around a busy road at Myawaddy town, Karen State, eastern Myanmar, 02 October 2014. Myawaddy is the town lies in eastern Myanmar which shares a border with Thailand's Mae Sot district. EPA/LYNN BO BO
The sun setting as people drive and ride along a busy road in Myawaddy town, Kayin State, Myanmar, October 2, 2014. Myawaddy shares a border with Thailand's Mae Sot district. Photo: Lynn Bo Bo/EPA

Thailand and Myanmar plan to have a joint trade committee meeting next month in an attempt to boost two-way trade and investment, according to the Bangkok Post.

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The Mizo National Front in northeast India has attacked the local Congress Party government for its plans to buy rice from Myanmar, facilitated by the extension to the Silchar-Lumding railway line, according to a report from Mizonews.net on December 11.

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New gems bill worries Lower House lawmakers. Gem merchants examine jade lots at a special sale of jade in Yangon, Myanmar, July 3, 2006.Photo: EPA

Nay Pyi Taw – The Lower House is planning to adjust a Myanmar gems bill to remove total government control over the lucrative gems industry.

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Local bean companies aim to double the export volume of beans to quality-sensitive European markets starting in the coming export period of January, bean exporters told Mizzima.

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Myanmar and Thailand’s chambers of commerce have held discussions in the Mae Sot Thailand-Myanmar border town to draw up a joint master plan to develop special economic zones in both countries, according to The Nation.

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A file photo dated 09 November 2007 showing an oil worker under an oil well as he checks the oil pumping equipment at Gudong oil field which is a part of China's Shengli oil field, 09 November 2007.Photo: EPA/WU HONG

Singapore (AFP) - Oil prices bounced from multi-month lows in Asia on October 9, lifted by an equities rally and a weaker dollar as minutes from the US Federal Reserve's latest policy meeting indicate it may keep interest rates at record lows longer than expected.