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Title: "The Myanmar Times" Vol. 12, No. 237, October 11 - 17, 2004
Date of publication: 17 October 2004
Description/subject: ASEM milestone as new members join: MYANMAR and 12 other countries were formally admitted to the Asia-Europe Meeting dialogue grouping last Thursday on the eve of its two-day summit in the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi. The colourful enlargement ceremony at a Hanoi hotel, described by the Vietnamese Prime Minister, Mr Phan Van Khai, as a “momentous event” for ASEM, brought its membership to 39... Summit opens: “Political dialogue should be further strengthened so as to turn ASEM into an important force for securing peace, security and sustainable development,” said Mr Luong, who described the expansion of ASEM as an important step for the grouping... Bumper monsoon for hotel operators: “We are up 40 per cent on 2002, our best previous year,” said the general manager of Traders hotel, Mr Raymond Bragg, referring to occupancy rates during the monsoon season, from May to September... New momentum emerging in bilateral ties,says visiting Indian Foreign Secretary: In an exclusive interview with Myanmar Times on October 4, the day after he arrived for a three-day visit, Mr Saran said a meeting with the Prime Minister, General Khin Nyunt, had reflected a desire “to take this relationship forward.”... South Korean donation aids hepatitis campaign: The equipment was handed over by KOICA’s representative in Myanmar, Ms Baek Sook-Hee, to Professor Dr Paing Soe, the director general of the department, at a ceremony at its headquarters on Ziwaka Road, Dagon township, on October 5... Growth in news journal market welcomed by veteran journalist: “As a journalist, I welcome the increase in the number of journals because they are the eyes and ears of the nation and the information they provide broadens the knowledge of the public,” said Lu Du Sein Win, 64... Round-the-world solo flyer pays a visit to Mandalay: A 54-YEAR-OLD American pilot who has been travelling around the world in a single-engine airplane since 2000 landed at Mandalay International Airport late last month on a flight that began in Chiang Mai, Thailand... Young performers set sights on prizes at festival of traditional culture: This will be the sixth year she has competed as a dancer in the competition, held each October since 1993 to sustain traditional culture and to encourage young people to develop an appreciation of Myanmar’s performing arts... Certificates aiding ICT sector, says test centre: COMPUTER specialists holding professional certificates from internationally recognised companies will play an important role in the development of Myanmar’s information and communication technology industry, said an official from a leading domestic ICT business... Myanmar businesses still learning the value of MBAs: IN many parts of the world a master of business administration degree is a well-established entry ticket into the world of gainful employment. The skills of graduates from such programs are highly valued in the labour market... Interior work to begin on United Condominium 2: INTERIOR work on United Condominium 2 on Anaw-rahta Road in Lanmadaw township will start this month, Dr Sein Win, managing director of United Construction, said last week.United Construction plans to finish the 12-storey building by April 2005, he added... Iron Cross concert heats up MCC: Phyu Phyu Kyaw Thin, a new member of the Iron Cross band, also performed and her unique performance style and dress are starting to win fans.She has a strong voice and her first song Lone Wa Ma Thet Saing Daw Bar (Nothing to do with you at all) was a wise choice... Few women take on director’s role: But behind the scenes women are scarce and there are precious few in the director’s chair. More than 90 per cent of Myanmar directors are male and since 1930 only 15 women have attempted the role... UNICEF hails progress on water, sanitation: MYANMAR is making greater progress in providing clean water supplies and improving sanitation and hygiene, the country representative of the United Nations Children’s Fund, Ms Caroll Long, told a workshop in Yangon on October 7.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Myanmar Consolidated Media Co. Ltd
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 21 January 2006


Title: "The Myanmar Times" Vol. 12, No. 230, August 23 - 29, 2004
Date of publication: 29 August 2004
Description/subject: Fewer buses on Yangon lines but capacity unchanged, says official: THE carrying capacity of Yangon’s bus lines has been largely unaffected by a decline in the number of vehicles serving the city’s commuters in recent years, a senior official said last week. The secretary of the Yangon Division Buses Control Committee, U Myat Hla, said this was because many mini-buses had been replaced by full-size buses that can carry about three times more passengers... Havoc as river levels hit 30 year highs: On August 20, an official from the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology reported that water levels at Pyay in Bago Division were still well above the danger mark after reaching their second highest recorded level in late July... Daewoo talks of $3 billion gas plant in Rakhine: SOUTH Korea’s Daewoo International says it is considering developing a gas field and building a liquefied natural gas plant with a total cost of US$ 3 billions in Rakhine State to process gas from a huge offshore reserve discovered last January... Optical fibre link mooted: The general manager of the ministry’s Myanma Posts and Telecommunications, U Tha Oo, said the two countries agreed in principle to establish the link during a visit to Yangon in July by China’s Deputy Information Industry Minister, Mr Xi Guohua... Families of ship tragedy victims receive $2.1m in compensation: THE relatives of victims of an explosion on a cargo ship in the Caribbean Sea off Colombia earlier this year have received millions of dollars in compensation payments.A total of US$2.1 million in compensation payouts was paid into the accounts of victims at the Myanmar Foreign Trade Bank earlier this month... Myanmar Al-Qaeda suspect arrested: LAHORE – Security forces in the eastern Pakistan city of Lahore have arrested two more Al-Qaeda suspects, including a Myanmar national carrying “vital documents”, an official said on August 16... Music industry turns to billboards to promote new releases: “Album producers once relied on journals and television to advertise their releases, but they have come to use temporary billboards as an important medium,” said Ko Soe Wai Phyo, the marketing assistant at the Zomia Media Company, Ltd., advertising agency... Government dismisses criticism by Powell: Responding to Mr Powell’s criticism, a government spokesperson said Myanmar had embarked on a systematic, step-by-step approach in its democratic transition process to avoid “bloodshed, hardship and chaos”... Highway delights American drivers: A MEMBER of a group of Americans who are driving around the world to focus attention on Parkinson’s disease said the highway between Lashio and Mandalay had been the highlight of their trip so far... Singapore seeks ways to promote transport links with Myanmar. REPRESENTATIVES from the Singapore business community last week visited Myanmar, Vietnam and Cambodia to explore ways to improve transport links between the three countries’ garment industries and key international markets... Advertising helps promote property sales, say realtors: Advertising a property for rent or sale is one of the time-honoured ways of reaching potential buyers. The Myanmar Times polled several of the country’s biggest property developers to find out what they feel about the power of advertising... New hairdos hit Yangon streets: YANGON’S youth are spending increasing amounts of time at the hairdresser as new styles and trends are hitting the streets, hairdressers and trend setters told the Myanmar Times... Myanmar food shown at KL food fair: THE fifth annual Malaysian International Food and Beverage Trade Fair 2004 and the Malaysian International Halal Food Conference were held in Kuala Lumpur last month and businesses world wide were invited to attend, including the Kyet Shar Soon food centre from Myanmar... AIDS treatment warning on trade agreements: MYANMAR needs to be prepared to minimise any negative pricing effects involving pharmaceuticals when it implements international agreements on trade related intellectual property rights (TRIPS), a workshop in Yangon has been told.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Myanmar Consolidated Media Co. Ltd
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 21 January 2006


Title: "The Myanmar Times" Vol. 12, No. 226, July 26 - August 1, 2004
Date of publication: 01 August 2004
Description/subject: As colonial buildings crumble, modernity marks Yangon: ON the corner of Mahabandoola and Bo Aung Kyaw streets, a colonial building a lifetime old is drawing its last breath.Having been labelled a “dangerous building” by the authorities, the two storey structure is being demolished. Men chop at its remaining walls with picks while others cart bricks out of its decaying entranceway. Inside, vestiges of its colonial character – square columns, iron railings, rounded windows – are crumbling away. A stairway to the ‘first floor’ leads to the open air; the building is being taken out top-down, brick by brick. The structure is colonial, not traditionally Myanmar, but it is part of the motley of architectural styles – Indian, Chinese, Anglo-classic and late Victorian, among them – that make Yangon stand out among Southeast Asian capitals... $36m in grants to combat disease due to flow in: THE first of US$35.6 million in approved grants from the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is expected to begin flowing into Myanmar in September under a process that will see a major expansion of healthcare resources... Capital set to expand: THE Yangon municipal area is expected to cover nearly 300 square miles by 2010, show figures released by Yangon City Development Committee. The projection shows that the city will cover more than 294 square miles by 2010, an increase of nearly 30 square miles over its current size... Government urges Britain to drop stand on ASEM membership issue: THE government last week called on Britain to drop its opposition to Myanmar becoming a member of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) forum.The call was made in a government statement issued on July 19, a day after Reuters news agency reported that Britain was adamant in refusing to approve Myanmar’s membership of the 25- member grouping... Plastic bags a growing threat to environment, says official: “Tons of polymers are used each month as a raw material for producing plastic bags in Yangon Division,” said the official with the Pollution Control and Cleaning Department of Yangon City Development Committee... Australia lends a hand to counter activities of human traffickers: The training course in basic investigation techniques, presented by two officers from the Australian Federal Police, was held at the Drug Elimination Museum in Kamaryut township from July 15 to 23... Myanmar police to attend training course in China: The state-run China Daily reported on July 5 that training was being provided to police from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam as part of efforts to expand security cooperation with members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Ten police officers from Cambodia completed the course in late July, becoming the first from an ASEAN member to receive training in China... BIMST-EC to hold first summit: THE first summit will be held in Bangkok this week of grouping established in 1997 to promote economic cooperation among countries in South and Southeast Asia... Public internet access centres on way: THE Myanmar Information and Communication Technology Development Corporation plans to launch a project in August aimed at increasing public access to the internet... Company mergers key to competing internationally: They agreed that Myanmar’s ability to reach international markets depends on company mergers, with the result that most will then become public companies with greater access to human and financial resources as the company grows in size... S’pore to hire Myanmar workers: ELECTRICIANS, container drivers, and mechanics are in demand from the Port of Singapore Authority, which will hire 160 Myanmar workers to start work in October... Work begins on K65b development in Ahlone township: DEMOLITION work necessary before the construction of a multi-billion kyat housing project, at the junction of Kyeemyindaing Kannar Road and Ahlone Road in Ahlone township, began on July 15, the developer said last week... Celebrity wives: the off-centre of attention: THE life of a celebrity’s wife can be exciting and privileged, but having the attention of thousands of people has drawbacks, the wives of several Myanmar celebrities told the Myanmar Times.Ma May Thu, the wife of actor Lwin Moe and Ma Khin Ei Ei Khin, the wife of singer Alex, agreed that being in the spot light has pros and cons... Hiking team makes Waso robes donation: A TEAM from Yangon University made a cash donation to the monasteries in the mountains of Mon state last week to celebrate the start of the month of Waso and the start of Buddhist lent.Offering Waso robe to monks is considered a significant way to earn merits and it was the fifth time a delegation from Yangon University had made the journey to the mountains in Beelin township in Mon state... Health official highlights the high cost of malaria: The comment by Dr Saw Lwin, a deputy director of the Central Malaria Control Unit, followed the release of Health Ministry figures showing that about 750,000 cases of the mosquito-borne disease were reported last year.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Myanmar Consolidated Media Co. Ltd
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 22 January 2006


Title: "The Myanmar Times" Vol. 11, No. 216, May 17 - 23, 2004
Date of publication: 23 May 2004
Description/subject: Predicament: Preserving our beaches: MYANMAR is blessed with an enormous amount of natural beauty, none the more evident than its 2000 kilometres of coastline. While beach tourism in Myanmar has so far been limited when compared to destinations such as Phuket or Bali.. Law paves way for criminal case cooperation: OFFICIALS have welcomed a new law enacted late last month which paves the way for Myanmar to cooperate with foreign nations in criminal investigations... We must train our people, says FM: THE Foreign Minister, U Win Aung, has stressed the role of education and training to provide the human resources needed to ensure that Myanmar becomes a modern, developed nation... Workshop studies link between tobacco use, poverty; • Law being drafted to increase protection of nation’s rivers; • New water supply schedule for Mandalay; » SPORT U-19s not to attend Asia Championships: THE MYANMAR women’s under-19 national team will not be competing in the Asia Championships this month, the Myanmar Football Federation announced last week... Myanmar honours sporting heroes: CANOEIST Aung Lin and wushu athlete Khaing Khaing Maw were chosen as best sportsman and best sportswoman 2003 respectively by the Myanmar Sports Writers Association at Traders Hotel on May 11... NEWS: Factory to make citronella oil from lemon grass: A multi-million dollar factory which will extract citronella oil from lemon grass was opened at Hlegu, about 30 miles north of Yangon, on May 12.. Myanmar to implement IMO code on ship, port security: MYANMAR will join other member countries of the International Maritime Organisation in implementing a range of security measures for ships and ports by the end of next month, an official with the Department of Marine Administration said last week... YCDC plans upgrades for roads, bridges: THE Yangon City Development Committee has launched a four-year plan to improve roads and bridges, a YCDC official said last week... BUSINESS: Utilities woes spark water pump boom: SALES of fuel-powered water pumps have increased by about 30 per cent in the past month in Yangon, water pump distributors said last week... PROPERTY: Construction work begins on K8 billion Airport View Tower: BUILDING work has begun on Airport View Tower at 9 mile on Pyay Road, a 20-storey development near Yangon International Airport, the developer said this month... Gems and Jewllery - Special Feature page.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Myanmar Consolidated Media Co. Ltd
Format/size: html
Alternate URLs: http://www.myanmar.gov.mm/myanmartimes/no216/MyanmarTimes11-216/index.htm
Date of entry/update: 22 January 2006


Title: "The Myanmar Times" Vol. 11, No. 213, April 26 - May 2 , 2004
Date of publication: 02 May 2004
Description/subject: Challenge to reduce the digital divide: WHEN the former chief engineer at Myanma Posts and Telecommunications, U Tint Lwin, spoke in Yangon in November 2002 on ‘narrowing the digital divide’, Myanmar’s technological development was still in its infancy.Nearly two years later, Myanmar has succeeded in dramatically increasing internet access. The challenge now, say industry sources, is to bridge the telecommunications gap, and the key to that is boosting mobile phone services... Nine new resorts underway as Ngapali beach booms: WORK has begun on nine hotel projects at Ngapali Beach to meet the growing demand for accommodation in the area, which is emerging as one of the country’s most popular seaside destinations, an official at the Directorate of Hotels and Tourism said last week... Preparations for convention nearly complete, says govt: Secretary-2 of the State Peace and Development Council, Lieutenant-General Thein Sein, said on April 20 that work had been completed on most of the buildings at the convention venue, the government owned Nyaunghnapinkwin resort, about 20 miles west of Yangon... Ministry officials conducting surveys in massive Hukaung Valley tiger reserve: THE Forestry Ministry has begun working on plans to transform a 21,890-square-kilometre tiger conservation area in far northern Kachin State into a functional reserve.The plans follow the establishment of the world’s largest tiger reserve in the Hukaung Valley last month... Myanmar women fail to reach Athens: In their first game, Myanmar lost 11-0 to Asian silver medallists China in their Asia Zone Group B Olympic Games qualifying match in Hiroshima, Japan on April 18. A subsequent 7-0 loss to South Korea last Tuesday meant Myanmar finished third in Group B, despite a 2-0 victory over last-placed Guam last Thursday... Education officials put priority on new syllabi: OFFICIALS in the education sector say it is more important to upgrade the primary and secondary syllabus than to introduce more years of schooling.The director general of the Myanmar Education Research Bureau, U Myint Han, said introducing more years of schooling would require a complete overhaul of the primary and secondary education... Athletes need better diets, says doctor: IMPROVED diets for Myanmar soccer players are essential to improve onfield performance and endurance, says a leading sports medicine specialist.Doctor Molly Chit, the head of the institute’s medical department, told Myanmar Times that players often have their own ideas, beliefs, and food preferences... ‘Golden Rock’ pagoda attracts record number of foreign tourists: ONE of Myanmar’s most revered Buddhist sites, the Kyaikhtiyo or ‘Golden Rock’ pagoda in Mon State, has attracted a record number of foreign tourists since the annual Buddhist pilgrimage season began early last October, officials said last week.They said more than 19,000 tourists had visited the pagoda up until April 16, the highest number for the season, which finishes at the end of May... Increased salt intake sees goitre cases plummet: COOPERATION between the Myanma Salt and Marine Chemicals Enterprise and the United Nations Children’s Fund since 1992 has led to a dramatic reduction in the incidence of a disfiguring condition caused by a lack of iodine in the diet, a workshop has been told... Myanmar and China aim to increase trade to $1.5b by 2005: Speaking in Yangon last Thursday, Mr Yang Chonghui, senior advisor to the government of Yunnan Province, said economic ties with Myanmar were vital to increasing Chinese trade and investment in Southeast Asia. He also highlighted Myanmar’s increasing geo-economic importance as part of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations trading bloc... Govt sells low-cost houses in Hlaing Tharyar township: The project is being developed by the Department of Human Settlement and Housing Development. Private contractors began construction in February and are expected to finish by June, said U Myint Swe, the deputy director of the department... Diamond Condominium’s first three towers nearing completion: THE Asia Express Company is nearing the completion of its first three towers in its massive Diamond Condominium construction project, but developers say the second phase is being delayed by insufficient cement rations.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Myanmar Consolidated Media Co. Ltd
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 22 January 2006


Title: "The Myanmar Times" Vol. 11, No. 212, April 12 - 18, 2004
Date of publication: 18 April 2004
Description/subject: Highway to intensify ties with Bangladesh: The MoU for building the 133-kilometre highway, which will help to expand bilateral trade, was signed in Dhaka on April 4, the first day of the three-day visit by General Khin Nyunt.The MoU followed the signing of a letter of intent to build the highway during a visit to Dhaka in 2002 by the Chairman of the State Peace and Development Council, Senior General Than Shwe.The highway will link Buthidaung in Rakhine State and Ramu in Bangladesh’s Chittagong Province, where a ceremony was held on April 5 to lay a foundation stone for the project... Boom for beach resort operators: Most of the bookings were from Myanmar, though many expatriates and foreign visitors have taken the opportunity to spend the holiday at the beach.One of the most popular beach resorts for Myanmar is Chaungtha, about 200 kilometres west of Yangon...Thinking Aloud talks to the Thai ambassador, Mr Suphot Dhirakaosal... Millions gather to revel, throw water and party on: Pandals erected for concerts and water throwing will be focus of much of the fun for the festival, from April 12 to 16.Many revellers will spend the festival getting a drenching as they travel from pandal to pandal in cars, pick-ups and trucks... For some, a time to make merit, meditate: Many men enter the monkhood during Thingyan to cultivate their minds by studying the Buddha’s teachings and by living austerely according to the rules which apply to the Sangha, or the community of monks. Ordaing as a monk is also a means of earning merit for oneself or one’s parents... Tourists’ search for inner peace draws them to mediation centres; Le Planteur clinches Gold Plate Awards; Once upon a time in Myanmar; First complete DVD made... Myanmar women’s soccer team get ready for Japan: THE 25-member Myanmar national women’s soccer team leaves for Japan this week to compete in the Asia zone qualifying games for the Olympic Games in Athens in August.The qualifying round will be played at Yokohama from April 18 to 22... National NGOs urged to expand activities: “The greater involvement of local NGOs is necessary since they represent great potential resources to improve human development in Myanmar,” said Mr Brian Heidel, the program director in Yangon for Save the Children (UK)... Auditor General’s office signs MoU with China: The MoU is the first to be signed by the Office of the Auditor General with a foreign country. It was signed in Beijing on March 26 by Myanmar’s Auditor-General, Major-General Lun Maung, and China’s Deputy Auditor-General, Mr Linghu Ann.The MoU is for the exchange of information on auditing methods and technologies, said U Thein Myint, the director of the Myanmar Office of the Auditor General... Private banks plan merger for May, the first of its kind in Myanmar: Myanmar banks were nationalised in 1963 as the then-government sought to take control of the private sector, but after the government reverted to a market-oriented system in 1989, private banks were again permitted to operate... Pork consumption on rise, show YCDC figures: Daw Nu Nu, a pork retailer at Than Market in Chinatown, said sales have climbed slowly since she started her business about eight years ago. However, sales had risen sharply since the start of the year because of concerns about the bird flu outbreak that affected other countries in Asia... Brisk sales at Central Tower: “We began selling the units some months ago, but things have really picked up over the past few weeks,” said U Win Myint, chairman of Shwe Naga Min Company which is building the tower.“In the beginning, we sold only about two apartments a month but we sold ten in March,” he said... New Condominium on Maha Bandoola Rd: BUILDING work has begun on Yathar Condominium, a 12-storey commercial and residential building on the corner of Maha Bandoola Road and 31st Street, the developer said last week.Asia Express Construction began work on the 10,500-square-foot site at the beginning of April and expects to finish building by June 2005.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Myanmar Consolidated Media Co. Ltd
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 22 January 2006


Title: "The Myanmar Times" Vol. 11, No. 211, April 5 - 11 , 2004
Date of publication: 11 April 2004
Description/subject: Historic journey begins May 17: MYANMAR begins an historic journey towards implementing its road map for a transition to democracy next month when the National Convention begins meeting to draft a new constitution. In an announcement broadcast on national television and radio last Tuesday evening, the government said the convention would reconvene in Yangon on Monday, May 17.The announcement was made by Secretary-2 of the State Peace and Development Council, Lieutenant-General Thein Sein, who also chairs the National Convention Convening Commission... Thinking Aloud talks to U Tin Htut Oo, the director general of the Agricultural Planning Department under Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation... Senior General Than Shwe stresses need to build stronger defence capability: THE Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Services, Senior General Than Shwe, highlighted the importance of strengthening the country’s defence capability in a speech at a ceremony marking Armed Forces Day on March 27... Vietnam’s FM visits for talks on ASEM membership issue: THE Vietnamese Foreign Minister, Mr Nguyen Dy Nien, visited Yangon last Wednesday as a part of regional tour to discuss the admission of Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos to the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) forum... Britain’s development agency to appoint representative in Yangon: The position is to be filled by a DFID adviser on poverty, Mr Rurik Marsden, the program manager of the department’s Bangkok-based Southeast Asia office, Mr Phil Marker, told Myanmar Times in an email message last Wednesday... NICA sends artists to Bangkok, Phnom Penh; Thingyan classic endures; Local galleries work to give arts industry a boost; Women in the workplace IV; Myanmar to play in Davis Cup: MYANMAR’s Davis Cup tennis team will be hoping to get one step closer to playing the competition’s elite this week, as they do battle in Asia-Oceania Zone Group IV in Jordan... EU donates €2m for WFP activities in Rakhine State: THE European Union donated €2 million (about US$ 2.5 million) to the United Nations World Food Program last month to support its activities helping people in northern Rakhine State... Collaboration on ICT essential,says e-national taskforce leader: COLLABORATION between government authorities and the private sector is required to further develop Myan-mar’s information and communication technology sector, Brigadier-General Thein Zaw, the chair of the e-National Taskforce, said last week... PM hails formation of women’s group: THE establishment of the Myanmar Women’s Affairs Federation is a milestone in the development of women’s affairs, the Prime Minister, General Khin Nyunt, told the first plenary meeting of delegates from the organisation in Yangon late last month... Workshop discusses food security, forests: MORE than 10 non-government organisations met in Bagan earlier this month to discuss environmental issues linked to the food security of people living in rural areas... Thuwanna Housing project to be completed by August next year: Five of Yangon’s leading construction companies have collaborated to develop the site between Thanthumar Road and Nga Moe Yeik Creek – Tet Lann Construction Group, Tosta Group Ltd, Asia Express (Yangon) Company Ltd, Dagon International Ltd and Yuzana Construction Group Company Ltd... Property software targets big builders: MALAYSIAN software designed for use by the construction industry has been introduced to Myanmar for the first time, the programs’ distributor said last week. The two software packages – Property Plus and Contract Plus – are the first of their kind, according to Mastech Company Ltd, the distributing company that launched the software at Yangon’s MICT Park at the end of March.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Myanmar Consolidated Media Co. Ltd
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 22 January 2006


Title: "The Myanmar Times" Vol. 11, No. 210, March 29 - April 4, 2004
Date of publication: 04 April 2004
Description/subject: China underpins commitment with raft of economic, trade agreements: A VISIT to Myanmar last week by a Chinese Vice Premier, Madam Wu Yi, resulted in a further strengthening of economic and trade ties, with Beijing agreeing to provide a new preferential loan and extra funding for a range of infrastructure and agriculture projects.A total of 21 agreements and memoranda of understanding were signed by the two sides last Wednesday, the second day of four-day visit by Madam Wu, who was accompanied by a 40-member business delegation.The agreements were signed following talks between Madam Wu and the Prime Minister, General Khin Nyunt... Thinking Aloud talks to U Thein Oo, the president of the Myanmar Computer Federation... Myanmar creates world’s largest tiger reserve: MYANMAR has created the world’s largest tiger reserve under a decision earlier this month involving 21,890 square kilometers in the Hukuang Valley in the far north of Kachin State... Myanmar needs positive, constructive assistance, says Chinese vice premier: CHINESE Vice-Premier Madam Wu Yi called last week for the international community to extend assistance to Myanmar in a “positive and constructive manner.”... Government liberalises trade in three key industrial crops: The decision, which took effect late last month, was announced by a senior member of the State Peace and Development Council, General Thura Shwe Mann, at a meeting with government officials and entrepreneurs at Myeik on March 17... The lyrics behind the music; The cycle of your weight; Rubies, sapphires are a city’s best friends; Diversity from Dagon artists; Summer sport coaching classes attract thousands of students: THE 28 sport federations under the Ministry of Sport launched their annual summer school holiday coaching program throughout the country on March 15.The program, which is being offered at basic high schools and sports fields, will run until April 9... INSIDE THIS WEEK - WORLD OF ELECTRONICS 2004 Workshop drafts plan for cutting road toll: MYANMAR has drafted a national road safety plan as part of a project aimed at reducing the traffic accident rate in members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, an official with the Road Transport Administration Department, under the Ministry of Rail Transportation, said last week... Better facilities seen as essential to reap the potential of golf tourism: “There is a market for Myanmar golf tourism. Our neighbouring country, Thailand, attracts about 300,000 golf tourists a year who can easily fly to Myanmar if we provide them with similar facilities,” said U Chan Han, the Small businesses call for more financial support: In the financial year 2003-2004, small and medium sized enterprises accounted for 95.1 per cent of Myanmar’s total industry, but many are having difficulties borrowing, potentially harming industrial development, industry sources said in March... New high-rise in Kyeemyindaing: CONSTRUCTION work has begun on the 17-storey Pan Hlaing Tower project on the corner of Lower Kyeemyindaing Road and Pan Hlaing Road in Kyeemyindaing Township, the developing company responsible for the project said last week... Myanmar parquet resists competition from abroad: THE parquet floor industry in Myanmar has maintained a stable share of the domestic market, despite a depressed property sector and competition from abroad, industry sources said in March.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Myanmar Consolidated Media Co. Ltd
Format/size: html
Alternate URLs: http://www.myanmar.gov.mm/myanmartimes/no210/MyanmarTimes11-210/index.htm
Date of entry/update: 22 January 2006


Title: "The Myanmar Times" Vol. 11, No. 209, March 22 - 28, 2004
Date of publication: 28 March 2004
Description/subject: Overseas, domestic demand sees sales rise for wooden carvings: THE growing popularity of Myanmar wood carvings among foreign buyers has led to a sharp rise in export orders in recent months, market sources said last week.They said increasing demand among consumers at the high-end of the domestic market was also contributing to buoyant sales. The products on the market include statues depicting Myanmar historical figures, intricately carved panels featuring scenes from Buddhist mythology, and even household utensils... Thinking Aloud talks to Dr Helen James, an academic and specialist on Myanmar... Golden export outlook for natural gas: MYANMAR has the potential to become a major supplier of natural gas to the region within the next five years, the director general of the Energy Ministry’s Energy Planning Department, U Soe Myint, said earlier this month... Road map shows potential, says UN Secretary General: THE government’s road map for a transition to democracy has the potential to be a positive step towards achieving national reconciliation in Myanmar, the United Nations Secretary General, Mr Kofi Annan, said last week... Myanmar art wins praise at HK exhibition: The exhibition, organised by a New Zealand resident of Hong Kong, Ms Philippa Rooke, featured works by the 32 finalists in the Myanmar Times Myanmar Contemporary Art Awards 2004 held in Yangon last month and oils by well-known artist, U Soe Moe... Women in the workplace: Part II... World Food Program launches pilot aid project: “This is the first intervention for HIV-AIDS and other chronically ill patients by the World Food Program in the country,” said Daw Swe Swe Win, an official at the WFP’s office in Yangon. .. Japanese government gives funds for school, health centre projects: THE Japanese government last week provided US$355,778 under its Grassroots Grant Assistance Scheme to fund new buildings at four schools and to improve facilities at a health care project... Planning begins for awareness campaign on diabetes, blindness link: PLANNING has begun for a media campaign in Yangon aimed at creating greater awareness among general practitioners and the public about the link between diabetes and blindness... Trial planned for teacher’s guides to promote child-centred learning: TRIALS will begin next month of a teacher’s guide that promotes a child-centred approach to learning, the deputy director of the Department of Educational Planning and Training, U Tin Tun, said last week... Private sector to import diesel: THE private sector will be allowed to import up to 20,000 tonnes of diesel, the first exports of which are expected at the beginning of April, a spokesman for the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry said last week... Golf estate construction hampered by financing difficulties, says developer: Situated in Zaykabar Company’s Mingalardon Garden City, the 275-acre project has been under construction since February 1998. It had been scheduled for completion within three years, said Dr Khin Shwe, chairman of Zaykabar. But “crises and a number of other matters have caused delays”, he said... Myanmar gem industry has great potential, says expert: MYANMAR gems have the potential to further penetrate the world gem market, a leading international gemmologist and gemstone trader said in an interview with Myanmar Times last week.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Myanmar Consolidated Media Co. Ltd
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 22 January 2006


Title: "The Myanmar Times" Vol. 11, No. 207, March 8 - 14, 2004
Date of publication: 14 March 2004
Description/subject: ASEAN insists Myanmar must take part in ASEM despite EU objections: HANOI – Foreign ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations insisted last Thursday that Myanmar must take part in October’s Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), despite objections from the European Union. ASEAN wants its newer members – Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar – to be included in the biennial summit in return for the participation of the 10 European Union candidate countries... Thinking Aloud talks to U Nyein, the patron of the Myanmar Rice Traders’ Association... Monsoon rice harvest may hit 17 million tonnes: THE monsoon paddy harvest is expected to exceed last year’s figure because of an increased growing area and favourable weather conditions, the director general of the Agricultural Planning Department, U Tin Htut Oo, said last week... UN seeks $26 million more for fight on drugs: THE United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime said last week it was seeking another US$26 million from the international community for alternative income and community development projects in the Kokang and Wa regions of Shan State... US report riddled with errors - Govt: THE government has rejected what it called a “one-sided and unbalanced” report on Myanmar in the latest annual survey by the United States on human rights throughout the world.The report, issued by the US State Department on February 25, included criticism of a number of countries, including Myanmar, China and North Korea, over alleged human rights violations... Catching a glimpse; Students help music ‘dream school’ make comeback; You get what you paid for; Modern material, old-school methods... Yangon dominates cycling competition: WIN Hlaing of Yangon Division men’s cycling team was the star performer in the 34th State and Division Cycling Competition from February 24 to March 1, winning gold medals in the 1000-metre, 4000m and 100-kilometre races.The Yangon cyclist also won the trophy for Best Male Rider at the event, held at the National Cycle Racing Ground in Thuwanna Youth Training Centre... We will deter child sex tourism - Govt: THE government is doing all it can to ensure that child sex tourism does not occur in Myanmar, the Deputy Minister for Hotels and Tourism, Brigadier General Aye Myint Kyu, said last week... Honey export earnings tipped to rise: Honey exports are projected to earn more than $365,000 in 2003-2004, up from about $310,000 during the previous 12 months, said U Maung Maung Sein, the director of the Apiculture Department under the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries... Overpass for Parami Road: MYANMA Railways has begun preliminary work on a bridge over the Yangon circular line on Parami Road that will help to ease traffic congestion on the busy thoroughfare.“Trains cross the road 46 times a day and each time about 150 vehicles are banked up,” said U Myat Linn, the deputy general manager of Myanma Railways civil engineering department... Train whistle ban affects three sections of circular line: “The use of train whistles has been banned from February 24 in three areas that cover seven stations in three townships,” said U Hla Aye, the general manager of the Myanma Railways operations department... Bean and pulse prices drop: PRICES of pulses and beans have fallen dramatically in the past two months, especially those for Black-eyed beans and Black Matpe varieties, industry sources said last week... Greater knowledge of business laws required, say legal experts: “Many Myanmar companies face problems because they sign contracts without consulting lawyers,” said U Than Maung, an advocate and legal associate with Kelvin Chia in Yangon, which is affiliated with the Kelvin Chia Partnership in Singapore... Yangon serviced apartments enjoy increased occupancy: “Occupancy has increased since October, and by four per cent in just the past month. Also, this financial year, our occupancy rate has increased by two per cent over the year 2002-2003. We have had more long stay guests working for airlines, garment factories, non-governmental organisations, and oil and gas companies,” said Daw Khin Khin Htay, public relations manager at Micasa Hotel Apartments.
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Date of entry/update: 22 January 2006


Title: "The Myanmar Times" Vol. 11, No. 206, March 1 - 7, 2004
Date of publication: 07 March 2004
Description/subject: Oz help on detecting fake passports: THE Australian government provided training in Yangon last week to enable immigration, customs and police officials to detect fake passports.The two day course, the first of its kind to be held in Myanmar, began last Wednesday and was attended by more than 100 officials from the three departments... Thinking Aloud talks to U Khin Zaw, the president of the Union of Myanmar Travel Association and managing director of the Tour Mandalay Co., Ltd... Up in the cool air, Pyin Oo Lwin real estate soars: A PLEASANT climate and attractive highlands scenery have contributed to the emergence of Pyin Oo Lwin as one of the brightest success stories in Myanmar’s property market, investors and developers said last week.The value of property in Pyin Oo Lwin, 42 miles east of Mandalay, has soared in value during the past 10 years... Donors must be aged at least 18 years - Govt enacts organ transplants law: THE government has enacted a law which allows for the donation of organs for use in transplant operations, a senior Health Department official said last week.Dr Wann Maung, the department’s director general, said the law took effect on February 19 after being approved by the Chairman of the State Peace and Development Council, Senior General Than Shwe... Academics argue sanctions detrimental to US interests: AN international group of scholars argue in a book due to be released that week that sanctions imposed on Myanmar by the United States are detrimental to the interests of both countries.Reconciling Burma/Myanmar: Essays on US Relations with Burma is due to be published on March 3 by an American think tank, the National Bureau of Asian Research... Engineer creates digital delights; The last frontier; Muscle man; Tangible philosophy; Tennis championship ends in defeat for veteran pair: NATIONAL tennis team members Zaw Latt and Tu Maw handed the veteran pair of Khin Maung Win and Thet Lwin a resounding defeat during the men’s doubles final of the National Tennis Championship-2004 last week at the Theinphyu tennis court, in Mingalar Taung Nyunt Township... Pearl production heads for 30-year record: MYANMAR is set to achieve a 30-year record in cultured pearl production for the financial year ending on March 31, the deputy general manager of Myanmar Pearl Enterprises, Major Maung Maung Soe, said last week... Seoul considers fresh funds for ASEAN integration program: THE South Korean government is considering increasing funding for a program aimed at reducing the development gap among members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, an ASEAN official said last week... Myanmar, South Korean groups to strengthen ties: THE Myanmar-South Korea Friendship Association and a South Korean counterpart have signed a memorandum of understanding aimed at strengthening their relationship... Japanese company buys 100 tonnes of buckwheat: MYANMAR has begun exporting 100 tonnes of buckwheat to Japan under a US$230,000 contract between the Ministry of Progress of Border Areas and National Races and Development Affairs and a Tokyo-based company, Taiyo Pusan... Engineering Society to build new office: MYANMAR Engineering Society (MES) will begin construction its new five-storey office on the compound of MICT Park in Yangon Universities’ Hlaing Campus within two months, the society said last week... Yangon rental market improves as property sales remain sluggish: THE Yangon house and apartment rental market has increased slightly due to sluggish property sales over the last year, according to real estate agents.Apartment rentals began to accelerate after the Buddhist lent when people felt free to change their accommodation and when newly-weds began seeking housing... Myanmar and India sign trade MoU: The agreement was signed by the Myanmar India Business Club and the Gawhati-based Federation of Industry and Commerce of the North East Region of India, and it will facilitate border trade and other business contacts between two countries, said U Maung Shwe, president of the Myanmar India Business Club.
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Date of entry/update: 22 January 2006


Title: "The Myanmar Times" Vol. 11, No. 205, February 23 - 29, 2004
Date of publication: 29 February 2004
Description/subject: ‘We would like investors to look around the islands’ -- Myeik Archipelago development urged: THE government is ready to promote the Myeik Archipelago as a major tourist destination and is inviting foreigners to invest in the area, the Deputy Minister of Hotels and Tourism, Brigadier-General Aye Myint Kyu, said last week.Improved relations with Thailand had paved the way for opening the area, including the border port of Kawthaung, to greater development, Brigadier-General Aye Myint Kyu told Myanmar Times on February 16... Indian trade group praises ‘phenomenal’ response: A SENIOR member of India’s leading industry body has welcomed a pledge by the Prime Minister, General Khin Nyunt, to work for a further strengthening of relations with India. Mr Rajive Kaul, the past president of the Confederation of Indian Industry, said General Khin Nyunt made the pledge last Friday during a visit to the Made in India trade show at the Yangon Trade Centre... Japan lifts moratorium on new aid to Myanmar: Mr Masashi Ogawa, a counsellor at the embassy, said the decision late last year to resume aid had followed an assessment of political developments in Myanmar last year, which included the release of a road map for a transition to democracy... Myanmar and Ireland form diplomatic ties: MYANMAR and Ireland, the current president of the European Union, established diplomatic relations earlier this month.An agreement to establish diplomatic relations on a non-resident basis was signed in Kuala Lumpur on February 10, the Myanmar Foreign Affairs Ministry announced in a statement released the following day... Volunteer helps children, makes institution a home; Tourists descend on Salone Festival; Actor shoots and scores; Thai champion claims Myanmar Open 2004: THAILAND’S Thongchai Jaidee triumphed at the US$200, 000 Myanmar Open, picking up the winner’s cheque for $32,300 and claiming his second trophy in two months having won the Volvo Masters of Asia in Thailand in December... Japanese volunteer group donates equipment to Yangon hospitals: STUDENTS from a Japanese university handed over nearly 40 wheelchairs, as well as towels and stationery, to two Yangon hospitals during a donation ceremony held on February 10... Women’s awareness of condoms on the rise, UN survey finds: KNOWLEDGE of contraceptives has risen among Myanmar women in the past ten years as a result of AIDS awareness and reproductive health programs, United Nations and government officials said last week... MPT plans stamp issue to mark centenary of FIFA: MYANMA Post and Telecommunication will issue a commemorative stamp in May to mark to centenary of the Federation Inter-nationale de Football Association (FIFA), an official with the MPT said last week... Billboard ads for tobacco to go by April: “Although only a few billboard advertisements for cigarettes and alcohol can still be seen in Yangon and Mandalay, they are still quite common in smaller cities,” said Dr Nyo Nyo Kyaing, the manager of the ministry’s tobacco-free initiative project... High-rises must be completed before 2006, says Prime Minister: THE Prime Minister General Khin Nyunt has urged Yangon’s developers to complete high-rise projects in the city before 2006.Gen Khin Nyunt was speaking at a meeting of the City Housing Project Supervisory Committee at the meeting hall of Department of Human Settlement and Housing Development on February 14... Myanmar, Thailand sign cooperation pact: Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) under the Ministry of National Planning and Economic Development, and Thailand Board of Investment (BOI) under the Ministry of Industry signed the Economic Cooperation Agreement... Bond market the key to raising capital: MYANMAR companies should be encouraged to investigate capital raising ventures and not just rely on bank loans as they have in the past, according to leading securities market experts.Some private companies should also investigate the advantages of raising capital by becoming public companies, they said.
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Date of entry/update: 22 January 2006


Title: "The Myanmar Times" Vol. 11, No. 204, February 16 - 22, 2004
Date of publication: 22 February 2004
Description/subject: Malaysian Prime Minister visits ‘We’ll encourage you’: MYANMAR and Malaysia agreed during a working visit by Malaysia’s new Prime Minister, Dato’ Seri Abdullah bin Haji Ahmad Badawi, to Yangon last Friday to form a joint commission aimed at strengthening bilateral relations, a senior Malaysian official said... Thinking Aloud talks to Daw Khin Myint Myint, president of the Myanmar Women Entrepreneurs’ Association and Former Ms Myanmar 1961... Liberalised air routes, road links to give BIMST a boost: MYANMAR and five other members of the Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Thailand economic cooperation grouping signed a framework agreement that will pave the way for free trade among member nations in the next 15 years... UNICEF highlights need for quality education in East Asia Speaking at a regional workshop attended by 44 delegates from 10 countries, Ms Mehr Khan stressed UNICEF’s commitment to quality instruction and the need to help more children make the transition from primary to secondary education... No Myanmar-NK ties: government: THE government last week rejected a statement by an aide to US Senator Mr Richard Lugar concerning the possible transfer of nuclear technology and missiles to Myanmar by North Korea... How crazy is your night life? Sheer excitement for winning artists; ‘All I did was give a little money’; INSIDE THIS WEEK-- AUTO 2004; INDIA SHOW Businesses increase reliance on trade fairs: MYANMAR businesses are increasingly using trade fairs and quality packaging as effective means of market penetration, according to a survey conducted by Myanmar Times at the Yangon Trade Centre.Business people say that trade fairs enable them to meet potential customers and explain or demonstrate their products at length... Report will assess state of Myanmar agriculture: THE final report for the government’s Agricultural Review Project is expected to be completed by the end of March, said U Than Htay, a director at the Department of Agricultural Planning.Work on the six-month review was completed in January... Post-graduate student numbers rise sharply: ENROLMENTS in post-graduate studies at Yangon University have risen about 16 per cent this year over the figure for 2003, the head of its student affairs department, U Minh Oo, said in early February.“Last year we had about 5000 post-graduate students and this year we have about 6000,” said U Minh Oo... Project restores mangrove forests: A NEW project to regenerate mangrove forests in the Ayeyarwaddy region will be jointly launched by the Forest Resource Environment Development and Conservation Association of Myanmar (FREDA), and the Action for Mangrove Reforestation of Japan this month, said a leading Myanmar conservationist... Yangon’s ports expanding: Myanmar’s future prosperity will be greatly dependant on the development of shipping ports and shipping facilities to ensure speedy and regular freight handling.Historically, Yangon was founded as a port town. In 1755 when King Ahlaung-Min-Ta-Yar arrived in Dagon, he renamed the city Yangon, establishing it as a mian port city of Myanmar... Direct Myanmar-Bangladesh shipping route may resume: The Chittagong-Yangon shipping service operated by the Singapore-based Orient Express Lines plans to resume the route as the export season for Myanmar beans and pulses approaches, Dr Pyone Pyone Han, the Yangon representative for the shipping line, said... Adequate design software vital, says building sector: WITH an increase in high-rise development in Myanmar, particularly in Yangon, sources in the construction industry last week highlighted the need for adequate design technology. Earthquake and wind resistance are a crucial aspect of high-rise design, a reality which demands the use of appropriate design programs, experts said.
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Date of entry/update: 22 January 2006


Title: "The Myanmar Times" Vol. 11, No. 203, February 9 - 15, 2004
Date of publication: 15 February 2004
Description/subject: ‘I realised it would be a great painting’: WHILE travelling in Shan State along the road returning to Mandalay artist Zaw Win Pe, 43, caught a glimpse of the sun setting above the landscape, highlighting the earth in rich pinks, purples, blues and yellows. The colours overwhelmed his thoughts and emotions, and he “realised it would be a great painting”... ‘SARS a ‘wake-up call’ about what could happen with the flu’-- 3 million chickens inspected, but no flu: A SENIOR government official has further confirmed that no cases of bird flu have been detected in Myanmar after inspection of more than 3.3 million chickens at over 2000 poultry farms throughout the nation... Liberalise economy to attract investment, say experts: Investment growth has been stagnant in Myanmar since February 2003, but experts on FDI say that Myanmar has enormous potential to attract more foreign investment because of its rich resources base and low cost labour... National convention, the crucial and most important step to democracy - Govt: THE importance of involving national groups in drafting a constitution has been highlighted in a government research paper presented to a seminar on the road map for a transition to democracy... Yangon company plans luxury river cruises: A YANGON company that has taken over the lease of the luxury river boat, the Pandaw 1, plans to offer trips on the Irrawaddy River upsteam from Mandalay and to destinations on the Chindwin River, it said last week... Energy conservation efforts boost solar power: U Win Khaing, the managing director of the Myanmar Solar Energy System, a branch of the United Engineering Company, said solar energy was attractive to consumers because it was cheap and reliable... Japan resumes human resources aid to Myanmar: The decision to resume new aid, which was taken last December, was prompted by signs of progress toward democratisation in Myanmar, Reuters quoted a Japanese Foreign Ministry source as saying... Diplomatic course launched: The three-month course, which began last week, is the 10th since MOFA launched the training program for civil servants and members of the business community in July 2000... Three private banks return to normal operations: THREE of Myanmar’s twenty private banks resumed normal operations last week after being given the green light by a government committee, according to banking industry sources... Myanmar businesses become aware of marketing strategies: DURING the 1960s motorcycle buyers automatically opted for English brands such as Triumph, BSA, or Royal Enfield. But a decade later Japanese bikes such as Suzuki, Honda or Yamaha were the vogue. What caused this turn around? Savvy marketing techniques... Construction sector cries out for financial support: YANGON’S construction sector has said it would need financial support to continue many on-going projects.With the Asian financial crisis in 1997 and the banking situation since February last year, activity has slowed in the building sector.
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Date of entry/update: 22 January 2006


Title: "The Myanmar Times" Vol. 11, No. 202, February 2 - 8, 2004
Date of publication: 08 February 2004
Description/subject: PM urges Western nations to correct ‘misperceptions’: WESTERN nations had ignored the positive changes taking place in Myanmar and it was time that false perceptions about the country were corrected, the Prime Minister, General Khin Nyunt, said in a major speech in Yangon on January 27... Devastation in region as Myanmar remains free of bird flu virus: A SENIOR government official said last Friday that Myanmar remained free of the avian influenza that has devastated the poultry industry in many East Asian countries... Online visa debut: ONLINE visa applications have begun flowing in to the Immigration and National Registration Department since the e-visa system was launched on January 21, a departmental official said last week.The official said seven applications had been received up until last Friday... Seminar on Myanmar a ‘landmark’ event, says veteran American scholar: AMERICAN scholar John Badgley has come half way around the world to attend a government-sponsored conference on Myanmar’s future, but he speaks with the confidence of man on his own territory... City FM unveils plan to launch question and answer program: LISTENERS to Yangon’s City FM radio station will have an opportunity to ask questions on a wide range of topics in one of three new programs being launched in the coming weeks... ASEAN agro-industry body lists priority products for integration: SOYBEANS, maize, and processed fruits are likely to be given first priority in a plan by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to accelerate integration in the agricultural sector, it was decided at an historic meeting in Yangon on January 12... Soft launch held for e-procurement system: A SOFT launch of the government’s e-procurement system held at Yangon’s MICT Park on January 25 featured a presentation showing how it will streamline tendering procedures... Buddhism has answers for globalisation: scholar: Dr Vineeta Shanker, a project coordinator with the British-based World Faiths Development Dialogue, said that while globalisation was inevitable, Buddhism had answers to its good and bad effects... Myanmar in talks with India over fuels exchange: NEW DELHI – India will sell diesel to Myanmar by August and is in talks to buy gas from the country, Petroleum Secretary B.K. Chaturvedi said last Thursday... Women boost beauty industry with increased brand-awareness: WOMEN from 25-40, cosmetics-savvy and brand-conscious, are leading the beauty industry revolution, a survey of Yangon’s leading market players indicated last week... Growth of suburbia marks modernisation of Yangon: WHILE the Department of Human Settlement and Housing Development continues its policy of high-rise construction in Yangon along the Pyay Road corridor, Myanmar’s capital city has been modernising in a manner altogether less apparent: through the spread of suburbia.
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Date of entry/update: 22 January 2006


Title: "The Myanmar Times" Vol. 11, No. 200, January 19 - 25, 2004
Date of publication: 25 January 2004
Description/subject: Book publishers weather big fall in sales: BOOK publishers are optimistic about sales prospects this year despite a sharp contraction in the market at the end of 2003, industry representatives said last week.U Myo Nyunt from Sarpay Lawka Publishing House said sales at its six retail outlets had ended 2003 down about 50 per cent on the start of the year... Productive year, says India envoy: RELATIONS between Myanmar and India were “particularly eventful and productive” last year, the Indian ambassador, Mr Rajiv Bhatia, said in an interview with Myanmar Times last week... Sharp fall in opium production predicted: THE cultivation of opium poppies will continue to decline sharply this year, a senior official with the government’s Central Committee for Drug Abuse Control has predicted.Police Colonel Hkam Awng, the committee’s joint secretary, said the destruction of more than 4000 acres of poppy fields by law enforcement authorities in southern Shan State,... Massive natural gas reserve confirmed in Rakhine State: STATE-RUN media has reported the discovery of a huge natural gas reserve in the Bay of Bengal off the Rakhine State capital, Sittwe.Three government-owned dailies reported on January 16 that a test well showed that the reserve contained up to 5.8 trillion cubic feet of natural gas... INSIDE THIS WEEK, ICT 2004: “THERE is no doubt. Myanmar’s information and communication technology sector is moving forward,” said U Pyone Maung Maung... THE growing number of software programmers in Myanmar has increased the options for big businesses and organisations that... DESPITE increasing internet access and familiarity, web developers in Myanmar still face considerable challenges in convincing local,.. AS applications on the internet become richer in content, the need for improved broadband access is growing dramatically... Governor of Indian state on goodwill visit: THE Governor of India’s eastern state of West Bengal, Mr Viren Shah, arrived in Yangon on January 15 for a week-long goodwill visit, an Indian diplomatic source said last week... BIMST-EC members to sign free trade agreement: MYANMAR will sign a framework agreement on free trade among the five member nations of the BIMST-Economic Cooperation forum at the first summit of its leaders in Thailand early next month, a senior government official said last week... Hybrid maize supplier sees bright outlook for exports: Mr Winai Heyman, deputy general manger of the CP Yangon Company Limited, said Bangladesh, China and Thailand need to import about two million tonnes of maize a year giving Myanmar a huge potential export market... More foreign tourists at Naga festival: ORGANISERS have welcomed an increase in the number of foreign tourists at the fourth annual Naga festival held in the picturesque mountain country of northern Sagaing Division earlier this month... Myanmar to benefit from Asian free trade agreement: A FREE trade agreement between Myanmar, Thailand and South Asian countries would have significant benefits in the form of increased trade, economic development and regional integration, say industry and trade experts. [Fullstory] Bangladesh to hold trade fair in Yangon. “The Commerce ministries of Myanmar and Bangladesh will discuss the facilitation and promotion of trade between the two countries,” said Mr Eusuf Ali, first secretary of the Bangladeshi embassy... Draft code means earthquake-proof buildings will become national norm: MYANMAR is finalising a draft code governing structural designs for high-rises, according to a senior member of the Myanmar construction sector.U Than Myint, the secretary of the Committee for Quality Control of High-rise Building Construction Projects, said the code will be enacted as soon as possible.
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Date of entry/update: 22 January 2006


Title: "The Myanmar Times" Vol. 11, No. 199, January 12 - 18, 2004
Date of publication: 18 January 2004
Description/subject: A challenging quest to recite 8000 pages of text: ABOUT 220 monks are sitting an examination to test their knowledge of the thousands of pages that comprise the Tipitaka, or Theravada Buddhist canon.The Tipitaka, also known as the Triple Gem or the Three Baskets, is written in Pali, an ancient Indian language, and comprises more than 8000 pages... Home buyers look to banking sector for revival of property market: INCREASED bank lending to homebuyers is a critical factor in reviving the property sector in 2004, developers and sources in the banking sector said last week.Many of the smaller banks in Myanmar are seeing increased deposits compared to January 2003... Reinvention of ASEAN now the key, says diplomat: SINGAPORE – The Association of Southeast Asian Nations must reinvent itself and be more flexible in dealing with member nations’ internal problems if it is to remain relevant, a regional diplomat said last Wednesday... Asian market provides lifeline for leading hotels in Yangon: LEADING hotels in Yangon report that a strong Asian market has helped keep occupancy rates from dipping dramatically this tourist season despite the war on Iraq and concerns about SARS... Animal disease campaign to be expanded: MYANMAR will receive assistance from Thailand and Malaysia to accelerate a campaign aimed at eradicating foot and mouth disease, an official with the Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department said last week... CGA prepares for 50th anniversary celebrations: THE Myanmar Commerce Graduates’ Association celebrates its 50th anniversary on January 17 with a series of activities at MICT Park, including a business seminar and a panel discussion... Bkk pushes for increase in ASEM membership: THE Thai Foreign Minister, Mr Surakiart Sathirathai, has urged Vietnam to support the entry of Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia into the Asian Europe Meeting, or ASEM, forum, which brings together East Asian states and members of the European Union... Computer group to introduce two new courses: TWO new courses introduced by the Myanmar Computer Federation in collaboration with the Japanese-based Association for Overseas Technical Scholarship begin in Yangon next month... Advertising awareness lacking: Crab Advertising Company managing director U Mg Mg Myint said that although 80 per cent of Yangon businesses advertise, the advertising industry is concerned that Myanmar is behind the rest of the region in utilising promotional techniques to their full potential... Internet access to benefit rural trade: A SCHEME placing personal computers in rural villages allowing direct commodity trading that has brought internet access to millions of farmers in India is being discussed as a possibility for Myanmar, information technology experts said last week... Businesses learn to capitalise on Christmas: YANGON’S shopping malls and super markets have learnt to market the Christmas and New Year period as a means of boosting their sales, industry sources last week.
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Date of entry/update: 22 January 2006


Title: "The Myanmar Times" Vol. 11, No. 198, January 5 - 11, 2004
Date of publication: 11 January 2004
Description/subject: All glamour, glitz at film awards: ACTOR Lu Min, actress Khin Zarchi Kyaw and the films Ngar thudapar yaukkyar meinma (All beings are composed of mind and matter only) and Hsan yay (A clever son’s love for a biological father) have won the movie industry’s top honours for 2002... PM stresses importance of drafting constitution in 2004: THE government is looking forward with “great confidence” to the coming year, which is expected to bring important progress in drafting a new constitution, the Prime Minister, General Khin Nyunt, said in a New Year speech to diplomats last week... Spiritual approach urged on ecology: A MORE spiritual approach to conservation may be critical in the battle against global environmental degradation, an American academic and internationally renowned ecologist said in Yangon last month... $57 million for Mandalay railroad upgrade: A US$57 million loan from the Indian government to improve the railway service between Yangon and Mandalay will be used to upgrade locomotives and carriages operating on the line, an official with Myanma Railways said last week... Project begins to store archives on computers: A PROJECT to computerise the storage of about 120,000 national archives and records dating to 1836 has started in Yangon, an official from the Department of National Archives said... Rural areas encouraged to make greater use of renewable energy: RENEWABLE energy has the potential to make a significant contribution to socio-economic development in rural areas, says a freelance consultant to Myanmar non-government organisations involved in environmental activities... March start expected for Maubin paper mill: A PAPER mill being established at Maubin in Ayeyarwaddy Division under a joint venture between Myanmar and a Chinese company is expected to go into operation in March, the managing director of Myanma Jute Industries, U Myint Maung, said... Bagan Cybertech plans new services for hotels: BAGAN Cybertech, Myanmar’s only private internet service provider, is planning a new service, providing hotels and executive residences with individual internet and email connections through existing phone lines and wireless options... Unemployment levels rise in areas of economic decline: JOB opportunities in Yangon have increased in some employment sectors but decreased in areas of greater economic downtown, said private employment agency sources... Yangon property market endures downturn in 2003: LAST year the property market was plagued by the general economic situation seen in Myanmar since February, but analysts and industry sources agree there were still positive developments in 2003... Bean and pulse exports increase: Myanmar exported more than 700,000 tonnes of beans and pulses during the first eight months of this financial year (starting April 1), up from 600,000 tonnes in the same period last year,” U Seing Win Hlaing, general secretary of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry said last month.
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Date of entry/update: 22 January 2006