Sunday, 19 October 2014 16:00

The Valley of Fancy

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Across from the western entrance to the revered Shwedagon Pagoda, on the edge of the wide open spaces of People’s Park stands the Myanmar culture valley. Though unsure of the exact topographical nature of the area, it does not seem to sit in any discernable valley. It is in Myanmar, surely. But one out of three isn’t enough. So what kind of culture does it have to offer?

Sunday, 19 October 2014 15:00

Point of origin, point of departure

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A search for lineage rejuvenates Yangon’s Armenian community

Yangon’s oldest church was returned earlier this month in a ceremony rich in colour and ritual graced by His Holiness Karekin II, the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of all Armenians, who was making his first visit to Myanmar.

Laborers working on a pipeline at the Thabawa gas project site in Kyauk Phyu, Rakhine State. Photo: Kyal Pyar
Laborers working on a pipeline at the Thabawa gas project site in Kyauk Phyu, Rakhine State. Photo: Kyal Pyar

Not enough Myanmar companies are benefitting from foreign investment in the oil and gas sector, says Parami Energy group chairman and chief executive officer U Ken Tun.

Sunday, 19 October 2014 12:15

Money troubles

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Political parties struggle to raise campaign funds

Many political parties eager to compete in the general election due to be held next year are concerned that a lack of financial resources will limit their ability to campaign effectively, party members say.

Ma Kyel Yi Lin Six, journalist, accomplished novelist, screenwriter for Myanmar Motion Picture Organisation and one of three directors of the short documentary film, The Open Sky, says she dreams of better times for Meiktila, her hometown in Mandalay Region.

A training program funded by the European Union is gradually bringing positive change to the image of the Myanmar Police Force and its relationship with the public.

Saturday, 04 October 2014 14:01

'A voice for the voiceless'

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The enormous potential of community radio

A draft broadcasting law due to be tabled during the current session of parliament could see Myanmar's airwaves being enriched by community radio stations for the first time.

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.