Friday, 31 October 2014 17:13

Inle Lake

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Strategies for saving a national scenic treasure

Early each morning in Nyaung Shwe, the main hub for tourists visiting Inle Lake, the jetty resonates with the putt-putt sound from the engines of dozens of long-tail boats waiting to take visitors for a trip on one of the country’s most popular destinations.

Thursday, 30 October 2014 10:42

A community’s identity crisis

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Zomi journal takes the middle road

Morning star journal in Chin state is community media at its best: non-profit, volunteer-run, all but free of advertisements and providing information to the most impoverished and isolated region in Myanmar.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014 10:28

The Corner Table

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Escaping to light, healthy Vietnamese cuisine

Although Asian restaurants are common in Yangon, most of them serve Japanese or Thai fare or include the words “hot pot” or “teppanyaki” in their name. Yangon enjoys only a light selection of alternative Asian cuisine and it could be argued that few of these options employ as many of the light, refreshing ingredients that typify Vietnamese cuisine. Because they offer an alternative healthy choice for a meal, Vietnamese restaurants quickly rank highly on my list of dining options in Yangon.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014 09:48

Rising from the ashes

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Yangon’s market for office space is rebounding

For years Pearl Condominium, a complex of four high-rise buildings towering over one of Yangon’s busiest roads, was shunned by prospective commercial tenants. Demand was low in the sanction years, so it didn’t make sense for its owner, Asia Express, to invest in improvements.

Photo: Hong Sar/Mizzima

Every morning, before the start of the day’s parliamentary session, military representatives arrive at the hluttaw in Nay Pyi Taw in buses. One after another they alight from the buses, their uniforms perfectly pressed and hair neatly groomed, army briefcases bulging with documents under their arms. These members of parliament are ready for another day on a job for which they did not enlist.

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.