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Title: "The Myanmar Times" Vol. 10, No. 197, December 22 - 28, 2003
Date of publication: 28 December 2003
Description/subject: Tourists help buoy harp sales: “When I visited Myanmar last year, I bought a 28-inch harp as a gift. This time, I plan to buy two medium-size harps for my relatives,” said Mr Pierre, a French visitor who was shopping for souvenirs at Bogyoke Aung San Market.Ko San Aung, the owner of Lovers musical... Govt praises Thai initiative in hosting Bangkok forum: THE Foreign Minister, U Win Aung, has praised Thailand for its initiative in hosting a multilateral forum earlier this month that enabled Myanmar to outline its roadmap for a transition to democracy... Tokyo aim achieved: MYANMAR hopes that its political situation will be better understood by Japan following a meeting between the prime ministers of the two countries in Tokyo earlier this month, the Foreign Minister, U Win Aung, said last week... High of 40C, low of 13C in Yangon for 2003: YANGON experienced its coldest temperature so far this year on December 18 when the mercury dipped to 13 degrees Celsius, the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology said last Friday... Domestic travel industry suffers downturn: THE number of domestic travellers has dropped by 50 per cent compared with last year, transportation industry sources said.U Zaw Min, a manager at Eait-si-tan pilgrimage travel company, said that the number of domestic travel businesses has fallen from more than 40 to about 30 since last year... Astrological guides in demand for 2004: There are about 10 different titles dealing with astrological forecasts on the market. Some of the titles are published as 12 separate booklets dealing with each of the 12 signs of the zodiac... Quality the key in pulses exports: IMPROVEMENTS in the quality of beans and pulses have enabled Myanmar to maintain its position as one of the world’s leading exporters of the commodities in recent years, an agricultural researcher said earlier this month... Australian eye doctors provide free treatment: A TEAM of Australian eye surgeons is in Myanmar to provide free treatment to hundreds of monks, nuns and lay people at a hospital in southern Sagaing Division... ASEAN meetings focus on tourism and agriculture: The Association of Southeast Asian Nations Business Advisory Council (ASEAN-BAC) has established working groups to encourage cooperation in the promotion of the agricultural and tourism sectors, say leaders from regional business organizations... Banking sector shows signs of recovery after troubled year: MYANMAR’S private and part-government owned banks, especially smaller banks, have enjoyed steady growth over the last quarter due to increased customer confidence, banking sector sources said last week... Penang seeks increased trade with Myanmar: The 38-person Penang delegation included state government executives and 18 traders. They met with Myanmar traders at the Grand Plaza Park Royal on December 17, with the assistance of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Myanmar Consolidated Media Co. Ltd
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 22 January 2006


Title: "The Myanmar Times" Vol. 10, No. 196, December 15 - 21, 2003
Date of publication: 21 December 2003
Description/subject: Goal to create an East Asia community, $3b in pledges ASEAN wooed by Tokyo summit: TOKYO – Japan and the 10 members of ASEAN last Friday set the ambitious goal of creating an East Asian community as Tokyo pledged US$3 billion in aid for training and to develop areas along the Mekong River during the next three years... U Win Aung to attend Thai forum: THE Foreign Minister, U Win Aung, will travel to Bangkok this week to attend a multilateral forum on the plan for a transition to democracy in Myanmar, the Thai government said last week.The forum, on December 15, will focus on the roadmap for a transition to democracy unveiled on August 30 by the Prime Minister, General Khin Nyunt... Myanmar features in film epic: SHYAM Benegal, one of India’s most eminent directors, spent last week in Myanmar shooting the final segments of an ambitious film.Netaji Subhas – The Last Hero is devoted to five years in the life of ‘Netaji’ Subhas Chandra Bose, an Indian freedom fighter who launched an offensive against British colonial forces... FM to attend highway talks in New Delhi: THE Foreign Minister, U Win Aung, is due to travel to New Delhi next week for talks with his Indian and Thai counterparts on building a highway linking the three countries, an official source said last week.The meeting on December 23 is expected to finalise technical and funding issues for the 1400-kilometre transna-tional highway, the source said... INSIDE THIS WEEK - R E V I E W 2003: A FRESH commitment by the government to restore constitutional rule was the highlight of 2003, which was also marked by increased economic and political support for Myanmar from the big Asian powers, China and India... A time for hope and rejuvenation: Throughout much of the western world, Christmas and the arrival of the New Year is a time for celebration, giving renewal and reflection. For most of the global community, New Year is also a time for being with family and friends. It’s a time to take stock of the achievements of the past 12 months and to plan for a brighter future... THE YEAR THAT WAS: THE Chairman of the State Peace and Development Council, Senior General Than Shwe, paid a six-day visit to China that began January 6. The visit was the first by a Myanmar leader since the changes in the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party last November which saw the Vice President, Mr Hu Jintao, took over from Mr Jiang as secretary-general... HELP FROM NGO’S: France-based AMI provides HIV-AIDS and health education in schools and communities in Dala Township in Yangon Division. It also provides treatment for those who have sexually transmitted infections and encourages birth spacing... A Cultural evolution: As every year passes by, changes in the art scene as well as the continued effects of traditional culture are seen but mostly these changes are barely discernable... A BRIGHTER CITY: THE Yangon City Development Committee made further important contributions to the capital’s development and modernisation in 2003, with a series of big infrastructure projects and continued efforts to create a greener and cleaner urban environment... Agriculture: The Back-bone: THE most outstanding development in the agriculture sector in 2003 was the government’s decision in April to liberalise the rice trade, a move with far-reaching implications for production of the country’s staple crop... More chicken: 2004 focus: CHICKEN has long been the favorite curry in Myanmar. It is a typical cuisine served with cooked rice on all occasions, auspicious or not. Second in line is pork, which is more popular in rural areas... K150m school for blind children to open this week in Sagaing: THE government opens its second school for blind children in Sagaing on December 16 at a ceremony to be attended by the Minister of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, Major-General Sein Htwar... Text book to aid road safety campaign: THE Traffic Rules Enforcement Supervisory Committee has prepared a text book outlining traffic and pedestrian rules as part of an education campaign aimed at reducing road accidents... Exhibitions to place spotlight on horticulture, cooperatives: A 30-day horticultural exhibition organised by Yangon City Development Committee will open at the Mindhama field in Mayangone township on January 1 to coincide with the 56th anniversary of Independence Day on January 4... Myanma Gem Enterprise holds auction for uncut jade: MYANMA Gem Enterprise is inviting bids for uncut jade produced from gem mining companies involved in joint ventures with the government... Myanmar and Thailand to start account trade: Account trade between Myanmar and Thailand will be implemented next year, according to U Sein Win Hlaing, general secretary of Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry... Lanscaping helps to increase home value: IN the past ten years landscaping has become more popular in Myanmar, with home owners and property developers realising its potential for increasing the value of property, according to industry sources... Yangon hosts ASEAN forums: BUSINESS leaders and government officials from Southeast Asian countries gathered in Yangon last week to discuss the development of tourism and agriculture in the region.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Myanmar Consolidated Media Co. Ltd
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 22 January 2006


Title: "The Myanmar Times" Vol. 10, No. 195, December 8 - 14, 2003
Date of publication: 14 December 2003
Description/subject: Myanmar, Thai associations building cultural and economic cooperation: THE Third Joint Meeting of the Myanmar-Thai Cultural and Economic Co-operation Association (MTCECA) and the Thai-Myanmar Cultural and Economic Cooperation Association (TMCECA) was held at the Hotel Nikko Royal Lake on Natmauk Road on the morning of 24 November 2003... Unprecedented Tokyo summit for leaders of ASEAN: THE leaders of Japan and ASEAN will bring the ASEAN-Japan Exchange Year to a close at a commemorative summit to be held in Tokyo next week.The summit, on December 11 and 12, marks the marks the culmination of a year of unprecedented exchanges between Japan and ASEAN... Uni to build small aircraft: STUDENTS at the Myanmar Aerospace Engineering University are building a small two-seater aircraft as a training project, said Professor Daw Khin Than Yu of the Aerospace Department under the Yangon Technological University... Official from New Delhi holds talks on issues linked to Myanmar Indians: Mr Jagdish Sharma, a deputy minister at the Ministry of External Affairs, met the Foreign Minister, U Win Aung, and the Religious Affairs Minister, Brigadier-General Thura Myint Maung, on December 2, during a three day visit that began on November 30... Y First tourism diploma courses due to begin: A HOTEL and tourism management school based at Yangon’s Summit Parkview Hotel launches its first diploma level courses next month.The Summit Centre for Career Development says the diploma courses will be the first in Myanmar to be recognised internationally... City FM celebrates second anniversary: YANGON’S City FM radio station is celebrating the second anniversary of its first trial broadcast and the station boss, U Hla Myint Swe, has called for an end to the station’s monopoly... Quarantine lab for Muse: AN animal quarantine laboratory built jointly by Myanmar and China will open on December 8 in the busy border trade town of Muse, an official from the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries said last week... Shopping mall opens: A NEW three-storey shopping centre opened on Sule Pagoda Road in downtown Yangon on December 7.Myanmar Shopping Mall has involved an investment of about US$2 million, including building costs and stock. It is on a site formerly occupied by a duty-free shop... Gem cutting facilities lacking: MYANMAR is renowned for having some of the richest mineral deposits and for producing some of the highest quality gemstones in the world. Jadeite, rubies and pearls are just a few of the country’s precious assets that create global trade interest... Shipping markets inconsistent: SOME companies in Yangon’s shipping industry have experienced economic declines in recent months while others have been unaffected by this year’s market changes, according to industry sources... Renovation mistakes can damage historical edifaces: To preserve the original architectural workmanship and valuable antiquity, people should not renovate ancient pagodas and religious edifices until after prior consultations with responsible personnel and knowledgeable ancient architectural experts and specialists, say Myanmar’s veteran architects...Thinking Aloud talks to Dr Win Naing, the chairman of Myanmar NGO, Save the Life.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Myanmar Consolidated Media Co. Ltd
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 22 January 2006


Title: "The Myanmar Times" Vol. 10, No. 194, December 1 - 7, 2003
Date of publication: 07 December 2003
Description/subject: Education helps needy children build better lives, says NGO: PROVIDING needy children with access to education is one of the most effective ways of preventing them from being abused and neglected, an official from the international non-government organisation, World Vision, said in Yangon last month... Petrol quota doubled in Yangon Division: THE Ministry of Energy last week increased the monthly petrol quota for private motor vehicles in Yangon Division by 15 gallons.Under the new quota that took effect on November 23, each private vehicle can buy up to 30 gallons a month at the special rate of K700 a gallon... Official welcomes ASEAN agreement on haze pollution: AN agreement among members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to control haze pollution in the region would be beneficial for Myanmar, an official said last week... Govt dismisses Thai report on drug production: THE government has dismissed a report in a Thai newspaper claiming that the far southeastern port of Kawthaung has become a production base for methamphetamine tablets destined for sale in Thailand... INSIDE THIS WEEK HEALTH & MEDICINE 2003... Y Petronas role for Mahathir: KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia’s former prime minister, Mahathir Moha-mad, has been appointed advisor to national oil firm Petronas, a report said last Friday. “(Mahathir) has agreed to be a Petronas advisor for quite some time,” Petronas chairman Azizan Zainul Abidin was quoted as saying by the Malay-language Utusan Malaysia.... Japanese PM to host ASEAN leaders: THE leaders of Japan and ASEAN are to sign documents outlining the future relationship between the two sides at a commemorative summit to be held in Tokyo later this month, a Japanese news agency reported last week... Psychology tests begin for bus drivers and conductors: THE Traffic Rules Enforcement Supervisory Committee has begun psychology tests for bus drivers and conductors as part of its campaign to reduce road accidents and improve the safety of commuters... First email directory: THE first internet and e-mail directory in Myanmar will be published early next year in a joint effort by a website design company and one of the country’s two internet service providers, Bagan Cybertech Company... Export decline affects inspection and fumigation business in Yangon: A DECLINE in exports has affected companies involved in inspecting and fumigating shipments destined for overseas markets, say industry sources.“Until August our business was doing well, but sales have dropped since September. November has been the worst month, with the number of clients down by 50 to 70 per cent,” said Daw Aye Aye Soe, the manager of GITE pest control and fumigation company... The rise and rise of Yangon: WORK is underway on a series of high-rise projects which will transform the skyline along Pyay road, one of Yangon’s major thoroughfares.Ten high-rise developments of nine-storeys or higher are due to be completed within the next three to five years... Myanmar media industry thriving: YANGON’S local printed media market is thriving, with journals available on a wide range of topics for competitive prices.The publishers of these magazines and newspapers have created healthy businesses by quickly finding their niches in the market, according to industry sources.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Myanmar Consolidated Media Co. Ltd
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 22 January 2006


Title: "The Myanmar Times" Vol. 10, No. 193, November 24 - 30, 2003
Date of publication: 30 November 2003
Description/subject: Myanmar ceramic production and trade during the Middle Ages: THESE are exciting times in the scientific study of Southeast Asian ceramic history. The scholarly world of Southeast Asian ceramic research is in a state of intellectual ferment because until recently, Myanmar was regarded as having no tradition of ceramic production... Bio-organic fertiliser plant to open in ’04: A DIVISION of the Supreme Group of Companies began work early this month on a factory west of Yangon which is expected to eventually produce up to 4500 tons of bio-organic fertiliser a month... Milestone for luxury boat: AN American couple received a pleasant surprise when they arrived in Yangon earlier this month and learned they would be the 20,000th and 20,001st passengers on the luxury river boat, Road to Mandalay... Regional FTA looming: A FREE trade agreement involving the five member countries of the BIMST-Economic Cooperation grouping is expected to be launched in 2006, a leading economist said last week. Dr Khin Ohn Thant, an advisor to the Office of the Prime Minister, said work was nearly completed on drafting a framework agreement for the FTA involving Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Thailand... INSIDE THIS WEEK - STYLE 2003: I read fashion magazines like ‘Her World’ and ‘Vogue’. But I choose clothes which I think... I do not have any modern clothing except corporate suits. I wear a suit and tie everyday. When traditional, I go with longyi and tighpone. I love them... You cannot make models. You need to be born with the bone structure, the X-factor... I like the style of some movie stars, such as Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt... Asia should work towards a common market, says ADB: TOKYO – Asian countries should move towards creating their version of the European Union, with fast-growing China serving as an export market for poor countries along the Mekong River, according to a senior Asian Development Bank director... Thai energy giant signs deal for gas exploration contract: A THAI company has signed a contract with the government to explore for natural gas in the Gulf of Moattama, a senior government official said... Federation official urges more action on SMEs: CLOSER cooperation and coordination between the public and private sectors are essential to foster the growth of small and medium enterprises, a senior official with the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry said last week... Government dismisses ‘speculative’ report: THE government has dismissed as “speculative” a media report suggesting that North Korea is supplying or planning to supply Myanmar with missiles and equipment to build a nuclear reactor... Myanmar needs new business strategies: THE LOCAL battery industry plays an important role in Myanmar’s developing economy with cars, small businesses and remote villages, relying on the power that batteries supply... Thai Airways gains profit of 12b baht: Thai Airways International Public Company Ltd, a major player in Myanmar’s tourism industry, has announced that it made a profit of nearly 12,500 million baht for the fiscal year which ended September 30, an increase by 22.3 per cent on last fiscal year... Mandalay real estate market remains stagnant - developers: DESPITE price drops for new Mandalay condominiums over last three months, property sales remain stagnant, according to Mandalay property market sources. U Soe Kyaw Oo, manager of Aung Htike Min Construction Company on 78th Street admitted prices for property, were falling.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Myanmar Consolidated Media Co. Ltd
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 22 January 2006


Title: "The Myanmar Times" Vol. 10, No. 192, November 17 - 23, 2003
Date of publication: 23 November 2003
Description/subject: Bagan summit backs initiative for economic partnership: THE prime ministers of Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia and Laos have hailed the outcome of their economic summit in Bagan last week as “productive and constructive”. The one-day summit on November 12 adopted the Bagan Declaration, which provides for a far-reaching plan of action on a range of development projects to be implemented during the next 10 years... Thaksin vision to share prosperity: THE Thai Prime Minister, Mr Thaksin Shinawatra, has welcomed the outcome of the Bagan summit, saying it had forged a partnership aimed mainly at sharing prosperity... Official says China shows interest in making investments in mining sector: A SENIOR government official has expressed cautious optimism about further foreign investment in the mining sector following a visit to China by a delegation headed by the Deputy Minister for Mines, U Myint Thein... Despite sanctions, indications of a recovery in the textile sector: MYANMAR’S textile industry has shown signs of improvement in the past two months as companies find alternatives to the United States market, industry sources said last week... Advertising industry figures show signs of improvement: THE advertising industry in Myanmar, which since last February has seen a reduction in the number of spots sold each month, enjoyed a slight increase in sales in October... Distribution the key, say lottery sellers: A nation-wide distribution network is essential to achieve good lottery sales because of high demand in rural areas, says one of the country’s biggest retailers of lottery tickets... MMPE employees begin film production course: MYANMAR Motion Picture Enterprise under the Ministry of Information has begun a training course aimed at providing its staff with knowledge of all facets of film production, an official said last week... Tourism looks to a positive season: THE tourism industry is quietly optimistic that the number of visitors during the current peak season could come close to matching last year’s record figures. Representatives of some travel companies and international-class hotels say their optimism is based on steady bookings for the coming months... Sales levels vary over the Tazaungdine festival: DISCOUNTS of up to 50 per cent offered at some supermarkets across Yangon saw the generally busy Tazaung-dine festival period consistently good, a Myanmar Times market survey has found... Street vendors survive market downturn: LOW operating costs and the ability to easily move to another location have helped to ensure that street vendors in Yangon are able to make a profit despite movements in the economic climate.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Myanmar Consolidated Media Co. Ltd
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 22 January 2006


Title: "The Myanmar Times" Vol. 10, No. 191, November 10 - 16, 2003
Date of publication: 16 November 2003
Description/subject: $1 billion in trade the vision for enhanced ties with India: A VISIT by the Indian Vice President, Mr Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, has resulted in a further strengthening of bilateral ties, with both sides pledging to increase cooperation in trade, transportation, education, defence and the fight against terrorism.A highlight of last week’s visit was a decision in principle by India to provide a US$57 million loan to upgrade the 800-kilometre rail link between Yangon and Mandalay.On another issue involving the transport sector, the two sides also agreed to ensure progress in implementing a transnational highway linking Myanmar, India and Thailand, which will be the subject of a ministerial meeting in New Delhi next month... Full access for Pinheiro during a whirlwind week for rapporteur: THE United Nations special human rights rapporteur on Myanmar, Mr Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, has praised the cooperation he received from the government during a visit to Yangon last week... Bagan summit this week: THE prime ministers of Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia and Laos meet in Bagan on November 12 for a summit at which they are expected to sign a declaration on an economic development strategy.The strategy, aimed at increasing competitiveness... Good prices essential for rice crop, says minister: THE MINISTER for Agriculture and Irrigation, Major-General Nyunt Tin, last week stressed the importance of ensuring that paddy farmers receive good prices from the coming monsoon crop harvest so that rice production is not affected next year... Theatrical production to depict life at royal court: A LAVISH theatrical production that depicts court life during the last Myanmar dynasty opens at the National Theatre in Mandalay on November 15.The production, which shows how members of the Konbaung dynasty... Growth in IT sector ensures high enrollments at training: MYANMAR has been making rapid progress in recent years in the development of information technology, which is playing an increasingly important role in the development of the economy.The emerging IT sector is aiding economic development through the crucial role it plays as a tool for training and upgrading human resources, or capacity building... YCDC plans to expand garbage collection fleet: YANGON City Development Committee is planning to expand its garbage collection service following a decision to buy 25 specialised vehicles from China by the end of the current fiscal year... On-line training a first for non-formal education sector: The Myanmar Education Research Bureau launches a training program later this month for more than 3000 people who will be involved in a national campaign aimed at increasing adult literacy rates... Official praises standards in performing arts contest: AN official at the Ministry of Culture has praised the talents of young people who participated in the 11th Myanmar Traditional Cultural Performing Arts Competition that ended in Yangon on October 31... India-Myanmar trade to increase: TRADE between India and Myanmar has the potential to increase substantially, the Indian Vice-President, Mr Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, and representatives of business groups said last week... One-stop shop for building materials: ONE of the biggest construction companies in Myanmar is planning to establish a one-stop-shop for building materials and household products, a company spokesman announced last week... Property market on the slide: WHEN it comes to property we know this for sure: There are millions to be made in the never ending cycle of booms and busts. And there are millions to be lost as well.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Myanmar Consolidated Media Co. Ltd
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 22 January 2006


Title: "The Myanmar Times" Vol. 10, No. 190, November 3 - 9, 2003
Date of publication: 09 November 2003
Description/subject: The Myanmar Academy of Arts and Science: The Third Research Conference: THE opening ceremony of the Third Research Conference of the Myanmar Academy of Arts and Science was held at the Diamond Jubilee Hall on the morning of 23 October 2003.Minister for Education U Than Aung gave the opening address to the gathering that consisted of Deputy Minister for Education Brig-Gen, Soe Win Maung, the chairmen of the Myanmar Academy of Medical Science, the Myanmar Academy of Science and Technology and the Myanmar Academy of Agricultural Sciences, keynote address speakers U Thaung Htut, former Rector of the Institute of Education and U Hla Maung, former ambassador, rectors, professors, scholars and participants of the conference... Driver centre to cut road accident rate: A NEW driver training centre in Yangon is expected to make an important contribution to efforts to reduce the road accident rate, said the chairperson of the Yangon Peace and Development Council, Major-General Myint Swe.[FullStory] Sanctions are misguided and counter-productive, says Govt... THE government has called on the United States to reconsider its “misguided and counter-productive” sanctions policy, saying that Washington has no evidence that they work... You’re impeding fight on narcotics, US told: SANCTIONS imposed by the United States have impeded Myanmar’s campaign to eradicate narcotics, the government said in a statement last week.The statement, issued on October 30, said the sanctions had undermined the economy and taken away resources that could be used to combat drug production... Bagan summit to discuss Thai plan for regional economic development: THE government has welcomed a proposal for a joint economic development scheme that will be discussed by the leaders of Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia at a summit in Bagan next week... SPECIAL REPORT: Spinning the big picture into silk realities What in your opinion is the major obstacle to just and sustainable development in today’s world? Editor-in-Chief Ross Dunkley recently attended a conference on bridging global gaps, held in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. In this article he outlines the importance of such events as we struggle in our search for solutions to pressing issues facing our planet... INSIDE THIS WEEK: F O C U S ..O N ..E D U C A T I O N: » 30-year plan with a vision of the ‘Knowledge Age’; » Child development a key focus of private, public schools; » Variety in classes boosts capacity for learning; » Sharing ideas through exchange... Kandawgyi Lake undergoes a transformation: A MASSIVE project to transform the park around Kandawgyi Lake into a world class recreation and education centre is expected to be completed by the end of next year, a director of the Forestry Department, U Khin Maung Zaw, said last Monday... Myanmar wins awards at engineering meet: MYANMAR was honoured with two awards for outstanding achievements in engineering at a conference in Indonesia last month.The awards, to the Public Works department of the Ministry of Construction and to women engineers from the department, were presented during a conference of the ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organisations in Jogjakarta from October 20 to 23... Furniture industry drives demand for rubber wood: DEMAND for wood from the rubber tree has increased sharply because of its growing popularity in the furniture industry, an official with Myanma Perennial Crops Enterprise said last week... Indian vice president begins goodwill visit: THE Vice President of India, Mr Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, was due to arrive in Yangon on November 2 for a four-day goodwill visit aimed at strengthening bilateral ties, the Indian ambassador, Mr Rajiv Bhatia, said last week... Myanmar takes lead role in Mekong sub-region chambers: MYANMAR has taken over as rotating Chair of the Greater Mekong Sub-region Business Forum (GMS-BF) from Laos, beginning its two years at the helm of the organisation, on October 27... Gem Emporium sales fall to $17.6m: SALES revenue reached US$17.6 million at the bi-annual Yangon gem emporium last week, down on the previous event last October.Industry analysts cited a weakening of the international gems market following the SARS epidemic earlier this year, which badly affected China, the main market for jade, as the cause of the downturn... Draft legislation for condominiums under review: THE Ministry of Construction has proposed a draft of a new law focused on the planning and construction of condominiums, a senior government official said last week.The law, drawn up in consultation with major developers in the construction sector, will help to improve the administration of condominiums in which several households are living, said U Aunt Kyaw, director general of Human Settlement and Housing Development Committee under Ministry of Construction.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Myanmar Consolidated Media Co. Ltd
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 22 January 2006


Title: "The Myanmar Times" Vol. 10, No. 189, October 27 - November 2 , 2003
Date of publication: 02 November 2003
Description/subject: Traditional performing arts competition attracts record entries: A RECORD number of contestants are participating in the Eleventh Myanmar Traditional Cultural Performing Arts Competition being held in Yangon until October 31, an official from the Ministry of Culture said last week.The competition attracted 2445 contestants this year, an increase of about 86 per cent since the event was launched in 1993.“The first Myanmar Traditional Cultural Performing Arts Competition had 284 contestants, but year by year the quantity, as well as the quality, has increased,” the official said... Sanctions and isolation are a ‘lose-lose’ strategy for all USA must adopt fresh approach - Govt: THE government has called on the United States to put aside its “self defeating” policies on Myanmar and adopt a fresh approach aimed at improving bilateral relations... 43-member team for convention: THE State Peace and Development Council has reconstituted a 43-member management committee to assist the work of the National Convention Convening Commission, which has the task of drafting a constitution... New TV channel planned for MRTV: THE government plans to launch a satellite-based television channel early next year in collaboration with Myanmar Forever June company, its managing director, Dr Thein Myint, said last week... Software product to go on show at Swiss event: A MYANMAR company has won an award for an innovative software product that will be displayed at an information and communications technology exhibition in Switzerland in December... Grouping strengthens trade ties with China, India and Japan: BALI, Indonesia – The Association of Southeast Asian Nations last Wednesday signed wide-ranging deals with China, Japan and India in an attempt to transform economic competitors into partners and to keep the regional peace... Interviews under way for agricultural census: INTERVIEWS have begun with more than four million farmers as part of the biggest and most comprehensive agricultural census since Myanmar gained independence in 1948... Minister highlights nation’s potential for rice production: MYANMAR was fortunate to have the potential to increase rice production to meet increasing demand in the region, the Minister for Agriculture and Irrigation, Major-General Nyunt Tun, said earlier this month... Prime Minister outlines teachers’ national role: THE Prime Minister, General Khin Nyunt, has called on teachers to play a leading role in the emergence of Myanmar as a modern, democratic state. General Khin Nyunt made the call in an address to a ceremony at the Diamond Jubilee Hall on Pyay Road on October 5, World Teachers’ Day... MICTDC’s initial public offering to raise K500m: MYANMAR Information and Communication Technology Development Corporation Limited, a Myanmar public company, will make its first public offering this month with the release of 500,000 shares for sale at K1000 a share... Candle sales boom as people celebrate festival of lights: SALES of candles boomed last week ahead of Thadingyut, the annual festival of lights, which was celebrated this year from October 9 to 11. Candles play an integral part of celebrations associated with the festival, one of the most important events on Myanmar’s Buddhist calendar... The challenge of accommodating 100,000 newcomers a year: YANGON’S construction sector is going to be under pressure to build more high-rise residential blocks to help accommodate a fast-growing urban population, according to a senior government official.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Myanmar Consolidated Media Co. Ltd
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 22 January 2006


Title: "The Myanmar Times" Vol. 10, No. 188, October 20 - 26, 2003
Date of publication: 26 October 2003
Description/subject: Captured moment wins a prize: IMAGES of Myanmar have won major prizes in a photographic competition held by a Canadian newspaper, the Toronto Star.The newspaper holds an annual competition for amateur photographers and pictures taken in Myanmar won first and second prizes in the Places category of this year’s competition.A photo taken during a visit to Inle Lake in January 2001 won second prize for Mr Kieron Nelson, a resident of Sarnia, Ontario... Yangon hosts drugs meet: OFFICIALS from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and China discussed joint projects to combat the narcotics trade at a meeting in Yangon last week... Myanmar ‘satisfied’ with summit: MYANMAR was “satisfied” with the outcome of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit held in Indonesia earlier this month, the Deputy Foreign Minister, U Khin Maung Win, told a media conference in Yangon on October 13... Govt rejects over-logging claim: THE government has rejected a claim by a British forest conservation group that over-logging in Myan-mar has caused environmental degradation... Cruise liner visits, and sets record: THE biggest passenger liner to have visited Myanmar docked at the Thilawa deep water port south of Yangon last week as part of a three-nation regional cruise... Home for the aged prepares to celebrate its 70th anniversary: HNINZIGONE Home for the Aged on Kaba Aye Pagoda Road marks a milestone on November 1 when it celebrates its 70th anniversary.The anniversary will coincide with two of the three main events on the home’s annual calendar – its Flag Day, a fund raising event aimed at generating publicity, and a celebration of its residents, known as Boe Bwa Day... Hopes rise for peace deal with KNU: THE government would welcome a peace deal with the Kayin National Union, a senior military official said last week.The Vice Chief of Military Intelligence, Major-General Kyaw Win, made the comment at a media briefing last Monday amid reports suggesting that the KNU was planning a peace agreement with the government... Mandalay emerges as a major centre for industry growth: MANDALAY has emerged as a major industrial centre with the number of industries in the city increasing by 100 per cent during the last 12 years, says U Maung Soe, the chairman of the Mandalay Industrial Development Co. Ltd... Computer federation begins IT roadshow: AN information technology roadshow organised by the Myanmar Computer Federation with the assistance of the Japan-based Centre for International Cooperation in Computerisation begins a tour of Ayeyarwaddy Division this week... ‘Yangon will be totally transformed ’ says industry leader: YANGON city will undergo a complete transformation over the next ten years if development plans and commitments from both public and private sectors are implemented, said a leading authority on Yangon’s construction industry.The president of the Myanmar Construction Entrepreneurs’ Association, Dr Khin Shwe, said... Computer rental business soars as public awareness grows: WHILE increased internet usage has expanded the computer industry in Myanmar over the past year, the computer rental industry is also looking promising, industry sources said this month.Many companies in the computer industry have said that the rental service is providing a profitable sideline to their core business activities such as programming, networking and maintenance... Expat exodus sees rental market stagnate: YANGON’S property rental market has shrunk by about 40 per cent over the past six months, say industry sources, with many citing a big reduction in rental by the foreign community as the main cause.“For the time being, there are not many foreign business people in the city,” said one real estate agent.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Myanmar Consolidated Media Co. Ltd
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Date of entry/update: 22 January 2006


Title: "The Myanmar Times" Vol. 10, No. 187, October 13 - 19, 2003
Date of publication: 19 October 2003
Description/subject: Myanmar wins praise at ASEAN summit. Statement welcomes ‘positive developments’: MYANMAR’S plan for a transition to democracy was praised by the leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations at their summit on the Indonesian island of Bali last week.In a statement issued after the summit on October 7, the ASEAN leaders “welcomed the recent positive developments in Myanmar and the Government’s pledge to bring about a transition to democracy through dialogue and reconciliation.”It said the road map for the transition to democracy, unveiled on August 30 by the Prime Minister, General Khin Nyunt, was “a pragmatic approach and deserves understanding and support.”... Government expresses thanks: THE government has thanked its fellow members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations for supporting its road map to restore democracy and expressed its thanks during the grouping’s summit on the Indonesian island of Bali last week... India to host talks on international highway: THE foreign ministers of Myanmar, India and Thailand are due to meet in New Delhi in December to discuss plans to build a highway linking the three countries, an Indian newspaper reported last week... Airlines prepare for influx of tourists: INTERNATIONAL and domestic airlines have begun amending their schedules to cater for increased demand during the tourist high season from October 1 to April 30.The changes include the introduction by Thai International Airlines of a service that will fly four times a week between Yangon and Chiang Mai from November 30... A Shopper’s Paradise: OVER the last decade large shopping centres, often incorporating a supermarket as a drawcard, are attracting more and more shoppers away from the open bazaars... The genesis of a shopping centre: THERE are many different ways of laying out a shopping centre: some just build the centre, partition the spaces into different sizes for shops and rent them out; while the majority of the centres run their own shops and reallocate a portion of the space to famous brands... Grouping strengthens trade ties with China, India and Japan: BALI, Indonesia – The Association of Southeast Asian Nations last Wednesday signed wide-ranging deals with China, Japan and India in an attempt to transform economic competitors into partners and to keep the regional peace... Interviews under way for agricultural census: INTERVIEWS have begun with more than four million farmers as part of the biggest and most comprehensive agricultural census since Myanmar gained independence in 1948... Minister highlights nation’s potential for rice production: MYANMAR was fortunate to have the potential to increase rice production to meet increasing demand in the region, the Minister for Agriculture and Irrigation, Major-General Nyunt Tun, said earlier this month... Prime Minister outlines teachers’ national role: THE Prime Minister, General Khin Nyunt, has called on teachers to play a leading role in the emergence of Myanmar as a modern, democratic state. General Khin Nyunt made the call in an address to a ceremony at the Diamond Jubilee Hall on Pyay Road on October 5, World Teachers’ Day... MICTDC’s initial public offering to raise K500m: MYANMAR Information and Communication Technology Development Corporation Limited, a Myanmar public company, will make its first public offering this month with the release of 500,000 shares for sale at K1000 a share... Candle sales boom as people celebrate festival of lights: SALES of candles boomed last week ahead of Thadingyut, the annual festival of lights, which was celebrated this year from October 9 to 11. Candles play an integral part of celebrations associated with the festival, one of the most important events on Myanmar’s Buddhist calendar... The challenge of accommodating 100,000 newcomers a year: YANGON’S construction sector is going to be under pressure to build more high-rise residential blocks to help accommodate a fast-growing urban population, according to a senior government official.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Myanmar Consolidated Media Co. Ltd
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Date of entry/update: 23 January 2006


Title: "The Myanmar Times" Vol. 10, No. 186, October 6 - 12, 2003
Date of publication: 12 October 2003
Description/subject: Sanctions hinder democratisation plan, FM tells General Assembly: SANCTIONS designed to coerce Myanmar would hinder the government’s democra-tisation efforts, the Foreign Minister, U Win Aung, said in an address to the United Nations General Assembly in New York on September 29.“It is disconcerting that some countries have … subjected Myanmar to a wide array of unfair economic sanctions for their political ends,” U Win Aung said, referring to action taken by the United States and the European Union aimed at promoting democratic reform in Myanmar... Myanmar’s road map to democracy – hope for progress: MYANMAR’S road map to democracy is a hot topic.So, as the end of the year approaches, we are all looking to 2004 having the potential to be a turning point in Myanmar and recent events in Yangon are all directing us that way. Indeed we are at another confluence in Myanmar’s political history. It appears that Senior General Than Shwe is phasing himself out of the day-to-day decision making – a role he has played as the Military Government’s leader for more than a decade... We’re ready to explain our policies, says Deputy FM: MYANMAR stands ready to explain its domestic political situation if the issue is raised at the annual summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Indonesia this week, says the Deputy Foreign Minister, U Khin Maung Win... UN envoy Razali hopeful of resumption in talks: THE United Nations special envoy to Myanmar, Mr Razali Ismail, has expressed hope for a resumption of talks between the government and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, after meeting both sides during his latest mission to Myanmar last week... •Myanmar replicates world-wide trends in photocopiers; •Boom predicted for local wire and cable; •Locally-made stoves and ovens find favour; •Local models dominate voltage regulator sales; •Chinese lighting products illuminate local market; Electrical Products - A special sector survey, 2003:- Asia leading the world in hi-tech electronics: A NEW generation of electrical products, until recently just play-things for the idle wealthy, are fast becoming an affordable luxury with a hungry, ever-growing market... Myanmar replicates world-wide trends in photocopiers: THE DIGITAL age has come to Myanmar in a rush under many guises, and photocopiers are no exception, with new technology rapidly making the old copying processes redundant... Boom predicted for local wire and cable: LOCALLY manufactured wire and cables have gained a strong hold in the market during the last four years when the private sector entered the industry, say market sources. “Myanmar products are competitive when compared to their imported counterparts, not just in terms of quality, but price as well,” said Daw Ohn Mar, who began trading in cable in Mandalay in 1987... Low-priced Chinese VCD, DVD players dominate market: “Because the prices of quality brands about double those of Chinese-made products, the quality of which is not so bad, the Chinese products are much more in demand,” according to Ko Soe Naing, sales executive for Kyaw Electronic Centre in downtown Yangon’s Kyauktada Township... High-end producers lead move to digital cameras: Mainly popular with professional photographers, digital camera sales are not seasonal, unlike 35mm SLR film cameras, sales of which peak during the tourist and Myanmar festivals season between October and May... Chinese lighting products illuminate local market: Daw Mi Mi Ko, purchasing manager at Myanmar Lighting Manufacturing Co., Ltd, fluorescents lamp producer, said the future is very promising, with their total sales climbing dramatically this year to meet rising demand... Noisy karaoke lounges relieve stress: “We are living in a karaoke culture,” says Lay Phyu, one of Myanmar’s most famous rock singers and producers.“Singing karaoke songs is one of the most popular outlets for stress and excess energy in Myanmar,” says Lay Phyu... Air conditioning’s popularity grows as production increases drag down prices: The Japanese and South Korean brands, such as National, Sanyo, General, Mitsubishi, Sharp, Samsung and LG are popular for their quality but must continuously prove their reliability through the introduction of new technology and consistent high quality. Chinese brands, however, are closing the gap in quality and have a price advantage... UPS sales up as demand for personal computers surges: THE GROWING use of computers in Myanmar has seen a parallel growth in demand for uninterruptible power supply (UPS) units, industry sources told Myanmar Times... Locally-made stoves and ovens find favour: Duwon Electric, which was established in 1966 and began operations by producing amplifiers but moved into electric stoves in 1987, said it had been enjoying stable sales figures even during though slower economic times... Brand loyalty fans the flames as Thais fight China for sales: “Most customers buy according to their spending power,” said Ko Lin Lin, a representative of Ko Than Oo and Brothers Electric Mart near Yuzana Plaza in Yangon. “And many of these customers will gravitate towards a brand they already use, or know. They buy a similar product at their next purchase and are prepared to pay the price for the brand they like.”... Local models dominate voltage regulator sales: THE MARKET for voltage regulators, which are used to stabilise direct-current voltage, has slowed over the past five years according to electronic industry sources. With a growing population, and wider access to consumer and luxury products, Myanmar is seeing a growing demand for electricity... Battle rages over flatscreen TV sales: TELEVISION has a variety of applications in society, business, and science. The most common use of television is as a source of information and entertainment for viewers in their homes... Japanese ‘doh’ finds foothold in electrical goods market: WHEN a dealer of the electronic products utters the word “doh”, they are referring to second-hand Japanese televisions, video players, and audio devices manufactured only for the Japanese domestic market, but eventually finding their way into developing country markets like Myanmar... Photo labs expect better days as tourists return: PHOTO PROCESSING sales have declined this year as fewer people are travelling to and exploring the many wonderful sights and attractions this country has to offer, industry sources told Myanmar Times... Auto-washers take away the toil: Before the invention of washing machines, clothes were washed in streams and pounded on rocks. Later they were soaked in tubs and rubbed over corrugated washboards. Crude, hand-operated washing machines began to appear in the late 18th century... Mobile phones still mean business, but risk becoming fashion accessory: GETTING Myanmar connected is the goal of fax, fixed line and cellular phone retailers. And with plans for more fixed phone lines and mobile phone licences, the industry is ready for the inevitable growth in demand... Myanmar’s road map to democracy – hope for progress • We’re ready to explain our policies, says Deputy FM • UN envoy Razali hopeful of resumption in talks • Private sector role urged to take leading role in Mekong region projects • Government to introduce e-procurement scheme • Journal outlines civil service career opportunities • Festival of light nears • Few seek relief from a time-tested treatment • Security, terror top Bali agenda • Government support essential for integration, says ESCAP official • Chinese consul-general hails stronger relationship • Team appointed to assist convention commission • Tourism operators expect more tourists upcountry • Horn ban helping to reduce accident rate • A telecoms law currently being drafted • Japanese NGO aids monastery schools • FMI announces dividend of K4000 a share • MES trainees sent to Japan Thailand to help AIDS campaign; Solar power a solution for Myanmar’s remote villages...Thinking Aloud talks to Daw Moe Thuzar, a senior officer in the Bureau of Functional Cooperation at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Myanmar Consolidated Media Co. Ltd
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Date of entry/update: 23 January 2006


Title: "The Myanmar Times" Vol. 10, No. 185, September 29 - October 5, 2003
Date of publication: 05 October 2003
Description/subject: Roadmap the right path, says envoy: A SPECIAL envoy from Indonesia has welcomed the road map to democracy unveiled last month by the Prime Minister, General Khin Nyunt, saying its implementation would be “very important for Myanmar and the region.”Mr Ali Alatas, a former Indonesian foreign minister, was speaking at a media conference in Yangon on September 24 at the end of a four-day visit as a special envoy of President Megawati Sukarnoputri.Mr Ali Alatas, a former Indonesian foreign minister... Thai FM expresses confidence on roadmap: THE Thai Foreign Minister, Mr Surakiart Sathirathai, said last week after talks with Myanmar leaders that he was confident about the government’s plans for a road map to democracy... Daw Suu Kyi returns home: Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has moved to her home on University Avenue, one week after undergoing major surgery, her personal physician Dr Tin Myo Win said last Friday... Appointments to National Convention: THE State Peace and Development Council last week announced the appointment of 12 members and a joint secretary to the National Convention Convening Commission... New airline ready to fly: AN airline set up as a joint venture by the national carrier, Myanma Airways, and companies in Myanmar, France and Singapore is planning to begin chartered cargo and passenger flights by the end of the year... Prime Minister praises role of women entrepreneurs: THE Prime Minister, General Khin Nyunt, has praised the role played by women entrepreneurs.... Mekong countries back new drugs campaign: HANOI – The governments of six Southeast Asian countries warned last week against the rapid spread... New facilites help riding centre to attract more young members: NEW FACILITIES at an equestrian centre in North Dagon township are proving popular with young riders... • Slavery still a problem, says British academic • Myanmar must prepare for threat of cybercrime: IT experts • Mandalay residents welcome better phone links • Ceremony to pay tribute to the nation’s teachers • Sanctions hurting textile industry, says British MP • Government planning to buy paddy from monsoon crop • Farm sector workshop studies land reforms • Traffic police learn first aid • $12m diesel engine factory planned • New Pakistani ambassador • Earthquake causes damage • Wedding photographers poised to capture that special moment Donation for women’s centre; UN agency to fund health risks survey; Business is looking good for interior decorators; • Myanmar-S Korea business exchange • Bullish ASEAN business group says, ‘hurry up’ • Vietnam Trade Fair welcomed...Thinking Aloud talks to Mr Takahiro Sasaki, the resident representative in Myanmar of the Japan International Cooperation Agency.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Myanmar Consolidated Media Co. Ltd
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Date of entry/update: 23 January 2006


Title: "The Myanmar Times" Vol. 10, No. 184, September 22 -28, 2003
Date of publication: 28 September 2003
Description/subject: Increased supply of paddy and rice forces prices down by 10 per cent: PADDY and rice prices dropped by 10 per cent over the past month, according to sources from the biggest wholesale market in Yangon.Top quality paddy variety Paw-san-hmwe was traded during the second week of this month at Kyats 300,000 for 100 baskets (two tonnes), down from K330,000 early last month.The price for the same variety of rice also went down to Kyats 13,500 for a 108-pound bag from K15,000 during the same period... Work begins on Myanmar Bangladesh highway: A SURVEY for the construction of a highway linking Myanmar and Bangladesh will begin next month, a diplomatic source said last Thursday.The 60-kilometre highway linking Taknaf in Bangladesh’s... Tourist cruise liner to dock in Yangon: THE biggest cruise liner to visit Myanmar will anchor off the Thilawa deep-water port, about 50 kilometres south of Yangon, next month... Sugarcane farmers rejoice as Government price skyrockets: THE SUGARCANE industry is set to boom again following an announcement by the government that the price paid to farmers for their cane will be increased by about 70 per cent... Outrage over US claims of ‘failure to fight drugs’: THE government has dismissed as “patently untrue” claims by the United States last week that Myanmar had failed in the fight against drug production and trafficking... Mindreading the key to business success: MYANMAR Marketing Research and Development managing director, Peter Thein, sees educating his clients about the benefits of consumer research as a big part of his job. Too often in Myanmar, the tools of promotion are restricted to copying competitors, with little innovation... Competitive soap market in a lather: LOCALLY-PRODUCED soaps have now captured 90 per cent of the market, according to local producers, and the value of this share is set to rise... Consumer interest in dairy products grows: CHANGING lifestyles in Myanmar is encouraging new eating habits, and milk and milk products are one item growing in popularity under the change... Beauty industry undergoing a facelift: ‘BEAUTY is in the eye of the beholder’, the saying goes – but for centuries women, and men, have been trying to find it in a jar, bottle or tube.The worldwide beauty industry is now worth US$160 billion a year, and has been growing exponentially for over a decade... Soft drink companies compete for 1 million gulps a day: ONE MILLION Myanmar a day are finding relief from the heat in a bottle of soft drink, according to industry producers. This includes 300 million bottles of carbonated soft drinks (CSD) consumed during 2002, by 10.7 million people above the age of 12... Water - profit in a bottle: IN 2001, a research project commissioned by a Swiss-based conservation group, the World Wide Fund for Nature, indicated that bottled water is often no healthier or safer to drink than tap water... Quality the key for spirits: BRAND loyalty is the key to the liquor market, industry sources say, as regular consumers have become quality-conscious.Grand Royal Whisky manufacturer International Beverages Trading Co Ltd’s marketing manager, Ko Yan Naing Soe Myint, said consumers are becoming more knowledgeable about daily products, including their own choice of liquor, because of wider access to information... Outside competition gives local confectionery run for its money: CONFECTIONERY producers in Myanmar are experiencing a bitter-sweet business climate. Competition from the more popular Thai imports, and a decrease in consumer spending, is hurting them despite the increasing quality in locally-produced confectionery... New plantation to reduce reliance on imported cooking oil: LOCALLY produced cooking oils are struggling to expand their market share because of cheaper imports, but big plans are being made to turn this around... Monsoon boom for mosquito coils: MOSQUITO coil manufacturers are experiencing a boom as more households use the coils to prevent mosquito-borne diseases, market sources said... Frozen food options attract growing number of consumers: THE NUMBER of consumers looking to pre-packaged, frozen foods is growing, despite a cooling in the consumer goods sector, a Myanmar Times survey has found... Competition hot in coffee mix market: IF YOU spend just a few minutes in front of the goggle box during prime time TV commercials, you’ll soon realise just how tough the competition is amongst suppliers of all manner of local and imported goods... Back from Mandalay, with a suitcase of sticky rice in tow: THE MANDALAY traditional snack, htoe mont, may be just a small bundle of sticky rice mixed with nuts and seeds, but it is a big player in the consumer snack market in Myanmar. Invited to all the best parties – from wedding receptions, to religious occasions – htoe mont conjures up happy memories for a snack-loving nation... Pickled tea a traditional favourite: What we usually call laphet (pickled tea leaves) is Myanmar’s favourite dessert. The Myanmar laphet tradition is as old as the Orient itself or may predate the lust for chocolate of the Occident... Fancy cakes keep bakery ovens hot: FANCY cakes are keeping the cake business alive, local industry sources told Myanmar Times.Deputy general manager of A&T Bakery and Confectionery, Daw Sandar Minn, said the cake and biscuit part of the company’s business had been increasing since they began operations in 1997, but had recently faltered... Would you like seasoning with that? IT is not possible to make a delicious curry without a suitable seasoning powder. They are the lifeblood, so to speak, of many a Myanmar dish... Nats and shopkeepers prepare for banana and coconut fest: WHOLESALERS and retailers of coconuts and green bananas are preparing for a surge in sales next month... Myanmar discovers soothing effects of ornamental fish: KEEPING ornamental fish at home, the office or in restaurants is increasingly popular in Myanmar... • Few storms, less rainfall • Fire brigade expands capacity • Australia injects $300,000 into ICRC • Instant noodle market off the boil as monsoon reduces sales • New French Ambassador • Astrological website to supplement magazine • Deputy ministers appointed • Air Mandalay boosts capacity • NGO donates drinking water • Leaf fertilisers increase crop production... Clean water and STD awareness projects for Dala; JICA continues support for leprosy eradication project; New hearse donated for free funerals; Killer plant warning; Heavy machinery sales and rental profits steady; Cashew cultivation pick of the crop... • Training encourages marine security • Myanmar crane hire business still slow • ISO certification is a necessity: UMFCCI.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Myanmar Consolidated Media Co. Ltd
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Date of entry/update: 23 January 2006


Title: "The Myanmar Times" Vol. 10, No. 183, September 15 -21, 2003
Date of publication: 21 September 2003
Description/subject: INTERNAL LINKS DEAD... Myanmar embraces the internet revolution: THERE is a whole new lexicon developing around the world, and it seems that if we ignore these new additions to our vocabulary, we’ll be left behind in the global race for what is known as Information Technology or IT for short.These days, terms like internet, World Wide Web and broadband are in common use, and strange new combinations of letters and numbers, such as http://www.yahoo.com’, or aung34@bagan.net.mm”, are becoming increasingly common... US chastised after Red Cross confirms Suu Kyi in fine health: THE government has sharply criticised the United States after the International Committee of the Red Cross contradicted repeated claims by Washington that the secretary general of the National League for Democracy, Daw Aung Suu Kyi, was on a hunger strike... First steps on the roadmap: A SEVEN-POINT plan unveiled late last month by the Prime Minister, General Khin Nyunt, was a “concrete” plan for the democratisation of Myanmar, a senior government minister said last week... Amazing Gateway gets Myanmar’s interest: A 150-PERSON travel industry team will be attending this week’s Thailand Travel Mart 2003 to help raise awareness of Myanmar as a travel destination.Myanmar has 36 of the 374 booths at the event... Second international carrier opens office: MYANMAR’s second international carrier, United Myanmar Airlines, opened an office in the Summit Parkview Hotel last Wednesday ahead of its inaugural flights on October 15... US chastised after Red Cross confirms Suu Kyi in fine health: THE government has sharply criticised the United States after the International Committee of the Red Cross contradicted repeated claims by Washington that the secretary general of the National League for Democracy, Daw Aung Suu Kyi, was on a hunger strike... First steps on the roadmap: A SEVEN-POINT plan unveiled late last month by the Prime Minister, General Khin Nyunt, was a “concrete” plan for the democratisation of Myanmar,.. Amazing Gateway gets Myanmar’s interest: A 150-PERSON travel industry team will be attending this week’s Thailand Travel Mart 2003 to help raise awareness of Myanmar... • Second international carrier opens office • PM wants literacy programs speeded up • Human trafficking claim ‘ridiculous,’ says govt • Workshop focusses on child sex tourism • Audio school launches diploma classes • Thai carrier plans Bagan service • Bagan Cybertech begins access project • Apartments, and a school • Legal action looming for trafficking suspect • Seminar on banking sector • Our own road map to democracy • Japanese NGO donates trucks to govt agency • Shifting cultivation practices under study... $0.5m fever monitor installed at airport; S Koreans aid needy patients; Charity welcomes rise in donations: Fertility rate dips as more women stay single; Secondhand booksellers look for a new home as market grows: With 9000 tunes, can karaoke fans resist? • Readers have new option with e-bookstore opening • MBA course produces ‘enlightened’ managers • Closer Asean ties with India will make Myanmar a trade corridor • Tourism training course resumes.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Myanmar Consolidated Media Co. Ltd
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Date of entry/update: 23 January 2006


Title: "The Myanmar Times" Vol. 10, No. 182, September 8 -14 , 2003
Date of publication: 14 September 2003
Description/subject: The Myeik Archipelago: ADAM Frost,sailor,adventurer and conservationist is passionate about the island-studded Myeik Archipelago, in the Andaman Sea off south-eastern Myanmar.“I’ve sailed all around Southeast Asia and I think the archipelago is the most beautiful place I’ve been,” he declares.It is an area that Mr Frost and his brother, Graham, know intimately.“We’ve spent many years in Mergui Archipelago,” he says, using the common English term for the region. “We know where the most beautiful islands are, we know where the prettiest places are.”... Withdrawal from Yadana field not an option says oil giant: THE American energy giant, Unocal, said last week it had no plan to withdraw from Myanmar despite being urged to do so by two state government officials in the United States.Unocal made the announcement on its website on September 3, a day after the request was made by the Californian Treasurer, Mr Phil Angelides, and his New York counterpart, Mr Alan Hevisi... Govt dismisses US claims of Suu Kyi hunger strike as ‘spin doctors at work’: THE government has dismissed claims by the United States that the secretary general of the National League for Democracy, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, is on a hunger strike, describing them as “another glaring example of spin doctors at work.”... Big moment approaches for agricultural census: THE Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation is finalising preparations for the largest and most comprehensive agricultural census to be conducted since independence in 1948.The agricultural census, the third in 50 years, will begin next month and is expected to take 45 days to complete... Donation of books benefits adult literacy skills program: STUDENTS from 13 schools in Yangon last week donated thousands of books to the Myanmar Education Research Bureau for its... Big crowds tipped for trade fair: ABOUT 40,000 people are expected to visit a four-day trade fair that opened in Yangon on September 5, say the organisers of the... • Call to Western powers on National Convention • Work begins on farm sector study • Language test numbers rise • Alternative music pioneer dies at 25 of liver disease • A second chance for an education • Model project for students • MAS launches project to encourage use of cheap fertiliser alternative • Silverware industry has high hopes for a gleaming future • YMBA prepares for centenary celebrations • Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries launches journal... Reproductive health forum; Environment group welcomes moves to tackle air pollution; Operations a first for NGO; Health survey raises anaemia awareness; Billboard advertising slumps as new restrictions imposed; • Japan ties ‘could be improved’ • Sluggish construction sector causes demand for skilled labour to decline • Trade dispute arbitration system needed • Work resumes on US$117 project.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Myanmar Consolidated Media Co. Ltd
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Date of entry/update: 23 January 2006


Title: "The Myanmar Times" Vol. 10, No. 181, September 1 - 7, 2003
Date of publication: 07 September 2003
Description/subject: SPECIAL EDITION - ROADMAP TO DEMOCRACY: Prime Minister outlines vision: IN his first major speech since being appointed Prime Minister, General Khin Nyunt has outlined a “road map” for democratisation in Myanmar. Speaking at Pyithu Hlattaw (Parliament House) last Saturday ahead of an address to the nation, General Khin Nyunt said the road map would pave the way for “fair elections.”They would follow the reconvening of the National Convention to draft a constitution as the first step in a seven-point plan for the transition to democracy... Drafting of new constitution the first priority Seven steps to a transition: THE Prime Minister, General Khin Nyunt, outlined the seven-point plan for a transition to democracy in a broad-ranging two-hour speech.“Our government will undertake the following steps systematically as a part of our nation-building efforts,” the Prime Minister said... Reshuffle sees Gen Khin Nyunt appointed Prime Minister: GENERAL Khin Nyunt was appointed Prime Minister last week in the most far-reaching reshuffle of the State Peace and Development Council and the government since 1997.As Prime Minister, General Khin Nyunt - the former Secretary 1 of the SPDC - assumes a position formerly held by the SPDC Chairman, Senior General Than Shwe... Govt raps British group over list: THE government has criticised a British pressure group over the publication of its latest “dirty list” of companies doing business in Myanmar.The list, compiled by Burma Campaign UK, was “politically motivated,” the Myanmar embassy in London said in a statement... UN ceremony honours bomb victims: UNITED Nations personnel in Myanmar gathered in Yangon last Tuesday.... Crocodiles destined for lovers of unusual pets: CROCODILES bred at the Department of Fisheries’ sanctuary at Thaketa on the... Indian IT minister tips stronger bilateral ties: INDIA is confident of developing a stronger relationship with Myanmar, a visiting Indian government minister said last week... • Ministry helps travel mart participants • Increased cooperation sought with Thailand to counter drug traffickers • Womens’ group finalises plans for conference • Training for MTI staff • Demand surges for Chinese language classes • Myanmar to host annual meeting of regional agricultural ministers • Rainy season no deterrent, finds student survey of foreign tourists • Safety videos for errant pedestrians • Contracts aim to boost sugar harvest • MAS promotes hybrids to increase maize crop • Growers reap rewards from a lucky product • Cane cutter to save time, costs... US aid group to launch health program in central dry zone Dept launches schools project against dengue... Myanmar, Thailand agree on border health activities... Business booms for beauty salons as women step out • Condos overlook pagoda • Insurance scheme to safeguard tourists • Program to stop piracy • S Korea-Myanmar businessmen meet • Bosses advised to reward workers.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Myanmar Consolidated Media Co. Ltd
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Date of entry/update: 23 January 2006


Title: "The Myanmar Times" Vol. 10, No. 180, August 25 - 31, 2003
Date of publication: 31 August 2003
Description/subject: Blood donors encouraged to enrol: THE office of the Auditor General would expand its blood donation activities at branch offices in states and divisions as a move aimed to save lives, its director said last week. “Blood donation activities would be carried out as our offices four monthly regular activities,” said U Tin Aung.The expansion of blood donation has already started at three office’s branches at Mandalay, Taunggyi in Shan State and Pathein in Ayeyarwaddy division from August 2003, he said... More routes as MAI gears up to compete with new airline: MYANMAR Airways International, the country’s only international carrier, has squashed speculation the airline was closing down in the wake of news a new local international carrier will shortly commence business... Drugs-AIDS link threatening SE Asian credibility: A SENIOR official from the UN Office for Drug and Crime said issues involving the link between illegal drug use and HIV-AIDS were threatening the human security and the credibility of the governments in the East Asia and the Pacific Region... Uni researchers develop antivenin from native plant: A SCHOLAR from Mandalay University has discovered a new chemical compound extracted from a medicinal plant locally known as Naganaing (Murraya alternan). “The finding of this chemical compound called ‘Alternamin’ will lead to the development of highly potent antivenins,” said Dr Mya Aye, head of the university’s chemistry department... Awareness of the risks of food poisoning must increase ONE Chinese official said that there are no other countries in the world with better Pauk-phaw (brotherly) relations than Myanmar and China. • Uni researchers develop antivenin from native plant • Drugs-AIDS link threatening SE Asian credibility • Mandalay ICT Park opens • Police in training for tourist security unit • Higher yield rice varieties urgently needed • Israeli scheme accepts 150 agriculture trainees • Freight forwarders’ association recommends changes • Maritime University steers to port • Fines for improper garbage disposal • Kenaf factory in Myanmar a world first • Vaccine production rises • More routes as MAI gears up to compete with new airline Nutrition campaign about to begin; Minister offers praise to academy; Number of cleft palates can be reduced; High-temperature incinerators a must; Iodine-related diseases decreasing; Handicraft exporter sees export growth potential • Proposed regional road network recommended • Push on to get with the ISO strength • Land of milk, honey beckons wire and cable marketers...Thinking Aloud talks to U Khin Maung Kyaing, the manager of Ministry of Finance and Revenue football club and the assistant director of the ministry’s Myanmar Customs.
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Date of entry/update: 23 January 2006


Title: "The Myanmar Times" Vol. 10, No. 179, August 18 - 24, 2003
Date of publication: 24 August 2003
Description/subject: Muse-Jiegao border trade continues to grow: ONE Chinese official said that there are no other countries in the world with better Pauk-phaw (brotherly) relations than Myanmar and China. His comment would seem to be correct when one takes a look at the bilateral trade between the two countries.Last year, when Myanmar’s external trade amounted to US$6100 million, China-Myanmar trade accounted for $860 million. Of this, the border trade between Shan State’s Muse on the Myanmar side and Jiegao in China’s Yunnan Province is the busiest... Sanction obstacles will be overcome, says S1: MYANMAR will overcome further obstacles posed by Western countries to widen sanctions on Myanmar, Secretary 1 of the State Peace and Development Council, General Khin Nyunt, said last week... UN working on new Myanmar strategy: THE United Nations needs to expand provision of support for Myanmar, where the world body has ‘a very important’ role to play, a senior UN official said in an exclusive interview with Myanmar Times last week... Stiff penalties for bus conductors: HARSHER penalties for bus drivers and conductors who breach new rules established in May this year would reduce the number of violations, a prominent officer said last week... City bus drivers rewarded for honesty and courtesy: A LEADING bus line committee has awarded a K200,000 cash prize to a city driver for his honesty, revealing that the driver returned a package left on board by its owner, containing a collection of jewellery worth about K2.6 million... Muse-Jiegao border trade continues to grow: ONE Chinese official said that there are no other countries in the world with better Pauk-phaw (brotherly) relations than Myanmar and China... • Sanction obstacles will be overcome, says S1 • UN working on new Myanmar strategy • Stiff penalties for bus conductors NEWS TOPICS • IMT grads to receive training in S Korea • Knowing your rodents can reduce losses • Farmers warned about Foot and Mouth Disease • Japan’s donation of drugs will help fight leprosy • 24 bridges planned to extend road network • MADB extends farming loans to K20b • Savings lure farmers to organic fertilisers • Mandalay FDA to expand role in food industry • City bus drivers rewarded for honesty and courtesy... Mandalay’s SAMU ambulance service always on call; World-class hospital nears completion; U Hla Tun Hospice for cancer patients to open; Early treatment advised for neck cancer patients; Canine companion, feline friend, or just a flashy fish? • Global benefits of instant mohinga • Savvy surveying suppliers in switch to state-of-art equipment; • An art renaissance, perhaps, but worry continues on artists use of inferior paints...Thinking Aloud talks to U Khin Maung Latt, the director general of the directorate of Hotels and Tourism of the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.
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Date of entry/update: 23 January 2006


Title: "The Myanmar Times" Vol. 10, No. 178, August 11 - 17, 2003
Date of publication: 17 August 2003
Description/subject: INTERNAL LINKS DEAD... Mekong connection bolsters trade flows at border crossing: STEP into any shop in Tachilek and Mae Sai and it quickly becomes apparent that consumer goods shipped from China down the mighty Mekong River have taken an increasingly important role in the economies of the two towns. Most residents of the two towns depend directly or indirectly on commercial activity generated by goods shipped from China’s Yunnan Province, which together with Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam... Four-nation talks focus on economic development: THE Thai Foreign Minister, Mr Surakiart Sathirathai, says Bangkok will take “constructive steps” to implement a joint economic development plan with Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia... Contract for power plant: A CHINESE firm has reached agreement with the government to build a multi-million-dollar hydro-electric dam on the Shweli River in northern Shan State... ICT Park due to open in Mandalay: MYANMAR’s second Information and Communication Technology Park opens in Mandalay late this week. The K5.5 facility, on the third floor of the four-storey Yadanabon Market, opens on August 16, said Major Than Aung, the chairman of the Mandalay ICT Development Corporation... First rice shipped under new policy: THE first shipment of rice to be exported since the government liberalised trade in the cereal in April will be sent to Singapore later this month, the national business federation said... Cartoonist joins Myanmar Times team: THIS week Myanmar Times welcomes Bay Rigby to its staff as a contributing cartoonist, illustrator and writer... International honour for student: A MYANMAR student has won first prize in an international childrens’ art competition held by a Japanese non-profit organisation, the Ie-No-Hikari Association... • $3m fisheries project • New manager for hotel • Traffic rules committee names accident hot spots • Bomb attacks in Monywa • Fundraising group to honour elderly doctors • Myanmar’s water resources in spotlight • Training for counsellors • Strong foreign demand for neem seed oil • Myanmar firms urged to take part in Kunming trade fair • Myanmar hosts meeting of ASEAN officials • K3m PA system donated to Shwedagon Pagoda. HEALTH ‘Breastfeeding is best’: specialist Belgian team performs 100 operations for free HEALTH TOPICS University to teach traditional medicine Demand for checks is increasing, say clinics BUSINESS ‘Asean Economic Community’ to group 530m consumers BUSINESS TOPICS • Land reclamation projects to continue • Celebrity endorsements slammed as simplistic marketing tool • Seminar promotes strategic marketing
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Title: "The Myanmar Times" Vol. 10, No. 177, August 4 - 10 , 2003
Date of publication: 10 August 2003
Description/subject: INTERNAL LINKS DEAD... Govt condemns new American sanctions as ‘most regrettable’: THE government has condemned new sanctions imposed by the United States, describing them as “most regrettable” and vowing that Myanmar would never yield to pressure and intimidation. The reaction came in a government statement issued on July 30, two days after President George Bush endorsed legislation on a range of sanctions approved by Congress earlier last month... Film makers welcome crackdown on fakes: FILM industry representatives have welcomed moves by the Video Industry Supervisory Central Committee and the Video Censor Board to launch a campaign against producers and retailers of pirated videotapes and VCDs... Course aims to raise skills in diplomacy: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is launching its first course in enhanced skills in diplomacy late this month... Myanmar wins praise for CCI role: THE regional business community appreciates the achievements of the ASEAN-Chambers of Commerce and Industry since Myanmar took over the two-year chairmanship of the organisation last year, said a statement released late last month... Integrated projects the best way, says forest conservation group: THE head of a Myanmar non-government organisation involved in conservation work says its development projects in forests bring direct and indirect benefits to nearby residents... Pyay Road residential development to be equal tallest in Yangon: A PROPERTY developer has unveiled plans for a K15 billion project to build one of the two tallest buildings in Yangon... The Rich Gems shines in inaugural pearl jewellery competition: WELL-KNOWN Yangon jewellers, The Rich Gems, dominated a design competition... • Aid offer for macadamia project • $4m factory to make citronella oil • Belgian NGO donates books, water pumps • University emerges tops in language competition • Paddy fish project to boost farm incomes • Joint team arrests nine for making counterfeit drugs • TV relay stations for border areas • Police urge public to help combat crime • Public awareness plea on e-govt • More villages get power... Minister issues plea on mental health treatment... Medical meet explores ethics issues: Four-nation meeting discusses drug campaign in border areas... Discarded car tyres now reborn as everyday items... • Australia-Singapore Free Trade Agreement may be first of many • National Development bullish over real estate • Packaging ensures produce reaches the market intact.
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Title: "The Myanmar Times" Vol. 10, No. 175, July 21 - 27 , 2003
Date of publication: 27 July 2003
Description/subject: US vote a ‘weapon of mass destruction’: THE government has condemned a decision by the United States Congress to widen sanctions against Myanmar, saying the move amounted to a “weapon of mass destruction” that would create havoc among the population. Legislation approved by Congress last week imposes an import ban, freezes the government’s assets in US banks, widens a visa ban on government members and their relatives and authorises President George Bush to aid Myanmar democracy activists... Relieved seafarers return home after six torrid months in Liberia: A GROUP of 16 merchant seamen returned to Myanmar last week after a harrowing six months in the west African nation of Liberia, where their vessel was impounded and they were caught up in fighting between government forces and rebels... Myanmar, India forge closer economic ties: MYANMAR and India have signed an agreement to streamline trade and investment in the latest step by the neighbours to strengthen an increasingly important economic relationship. .. Annan urges govt to continue with reconciliation process: THE United Nations Secretary-General, Mr Kofi Annan, has called on the government to press ahead with the national reconciliation process and hold talks with the leader of the National League for Democracy, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi... Travel industry must do more to attract visitors, says minister: TRAVEL and hotel industry representatives must try hard to attract more international visitors during the coming peak season, the Minister for Hotels and Tourism, Brigadier General Thein Zaw, said last week... A novice meditator follows his breath on a journey to inner discovery: THERE were 82 yogis, and as is usually the case in religious activities in Myanmar, women exceeded men by a big margin: ... Locally-made air compressors reduce imports: LOCALLY-made air compressors are proving to be a significant import replacement, providing good... • Pearls up for auction and design quest too • Thai cadets pay visit • Bagan tower • Office, market projects aimed at promoting fisheries industry • Film festival targets young directors • International meeting discusses ways to reduce child blindness • German aid for rural project • South Koreans treat 1150 patients • World population facts and figures • K200m in renovations for world Buddhist summit • New course for budding entrepreneurs... Medical plants harvest to be tripled... WHO project has improved patient care, says senior nurse... Open source software a Myanmar first... • US firms seeking more Asean trade • Government’s retail outlets expand across the country • Market for locally-made chemicals grows as reliance on imports falls • NDC Group dividends sweeten new share offer...Thinking Aloud talks to Daw Su Su Thartun, acting regional program manager for UNIAP, the UN Inter-Agency Project on Human Trafficking in the Greater Mekong Sub-region.
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Date of entry/update: 23 January 2006


Title: "The Myanmar Times" Vol. 10, No. 174, July 14 - 20 , 2003
Date of publication: 20 July 2003
Description/subject: FM tours South Asia on mission as special envoy: THE Foreign Minister, U Win Aung, visited India late last week as part of a three-nation South Asian tour to explain the political situation in Myanmar in the aftermath of the May 30 incident in Sagaing Division.A JOINT venture agreement for a second international carrier, United Myanmar Airlines, was signed in Yangon last Friday. The agreement was signed by Myanma Airways and Hong Kong-based Sunshine Strategic Investments Holding Company and its partners, Fortune International and Myanmar Smooth Travels Service Company... ASEAN members ready to lodge protests, says minister: MEMBERS of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations are expected to protest to some Western countries if they impose further sanctions against Myanmar, a senior government minister said last week... Education budget to be increased by K1b: THE government plans to increase spending on education this academic year by about K1 billion, according to figures released by the Education Ministry last week... Garment industry workers send petition to Bush: A PETITION signed by hundreds of thousands of textile industry workers has been sent to the United States President, Mr George Bush, appealing to him not to endorse legislation banning imports from Myanmar... JV agreement signed for regional carrier: THE government plans to increase spending on education this academic year by about K1 billion, according to figures released by the Education Ministry last week... ‘I am very worried these days’: THE prospect of a ban by the United States on imports from Myanmar... Salons report strong demand for hair straightening treatments: BEAUTY salons are reaping rich rewards from a growing trend among women for treatments to make their hair straighter and softer, a Myanmar Times survey has found... • ICRC team visits Insein • Meeting to discuss border issues • Sharp increase reported in sales of radios • New Indonesian ambassador arrives later this month • Courses for seafarers • Doctors, lawyers establish NGO • Horn ban extended to more townships • Special task force cleans city’s drains and streams • Business sector urged to pay attention to ethical behaviour... Child pyschology focus for AIDS workshop... Hepatitis B added to immunisation program... Antique market in doldrums as tourist numbers drop... • Thein Group projects total K1.4b • Myanmar on course over WTO trade liberalisation...Thinking Aloud talks to Dr Richard Tomlins, from the Australian embassy medical clinic.
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Date of entry/update: 23 January 2006


Title: "The Myanmar Times" Vol. 10, No. 173, July 7 - 13 , 2003
Date of publication: 13 July 2003
Description/subject: Beikthano find resolves an historical mystery: THE discovery of a bronze Buddha image and a small bronze bell in central Myanmar early this month had proved that Buddhism flourished at Beikthano during the Pyu era from the second to the ninth centuries, a senior official said last week... Deputy FM visits Japan as special government envoy: THE Deputy Foreign Minister, U Khin Maung Win, left for Japan on July 3 for a two-day visit to explain political developments in Myanmar in the aftermath of the May 30 incident in Sagaing Division. U Khin Maung Win was making the visit as a special envoy of the Chairman of the State Peace and Development Council, Senior General Than Shwe, a diplomat from the Japanese embassy in Yangon told Myanmar Times on July 2... ASEAN attorneys-general fail to back anti-terror plan: ASEAN attorneys-general have failed to agree on a Malaysian-drafted treaty to deepen anti-terror cooperation, the official Bernama news agency reported. The draft was a focus of three days of talks that ended on July 2 in Kota Kinabalu, the capital of the eastern Malaysian state of Sabah... Horn ban extended to 3 more townships: A DECISION to ban the use of vehicle horns in downtown Yangon from last May has proved so successful in reducing noise pollution that it has been extended to another three townships, a senior traffic official said last week... Smithsonian Institution revises guide to Myanmar’s unique flora... Champion body-builder hungry for gold at SEA Games: BODY-BUILDER Ko Win Lwin has a golden ambition. He’s hoping to win gold for Myanmar at the... • India to study railway link • Kalay gets a soaking, as Yangon tops average • Life insurance scheme introduced for seamen • Australia grants Myanmar free access to its markets • MPT extends public telephone service • Upgrade for Mandalay zoo... Mobile testing laboratory to help monitor food, drug standards... More birthing centres on way, says doctor... Shoppers make ‘seconds’ their first choice for clothes... • Myanmar boats on show • Diesel-fired stoves still prove popular.
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Date of entry/update: 23 January 2006


Title: "The Myanmar Times" Vol. 9, No. 172, June 30 - July 6, 2003
Date of publication: 06 July 2003
Description/subject: INTERNAL LINKS DEAD... Govt destroys $862m in drugs: NARCOTICS valued by the government at US$862 million were destroyed during a ceremony held in Yangon last Thursday to mark the United Nations Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. The ceremony came just over a week after the UN Office on Drugs and Crime said opium poppy cultivation in Myanmar this year was down 24 per cent on 2002... ICRC granted access to NLD detainees: THE government has granted the International Committee of the Red Cross access to some members of the National League for Democracy who were placed under protective custody following the May 30 incident in Sagaing Division. A six-member team led by the head of ICRC’s Yangon office, Mr Michel Ducraux, visited the detained NLD members during visits last week to Sagaing and Mandalay divisions... Work with us, urges govt: THE government has urged Western countries to put aside ‘politics’ and work with Myanmar in combating narcotic drugs... Agreement nears for international carrier: A JOINT venture agreement for a second international carrier, United Myanmar Airlines, is expected to be signed in early July, the company’s chief executive officer, Mr Edward Tan, said last week... Yangon premiere for documentary on Naga: A DOCUMENTARY about one of Myanmar’s most fascinating ethnic groups, the Naga, had its Asian premiere in Yangon last week... Official assesses progress in ASEAN integration process; A monk with a big heart builds a haven of care for needy children; Mon State bear testimony to the determination of a revered monk to provide a better life... • Myanmar and Thailand to cooperate on labour issues • Anti-drug officials to survey Mekong • Farmers urged to increase production of ten key crops • Children and the tourism industry • Organic farmers chase export dollars • Jute exports hit by lower prices, floods Official assesses progress in ASEAN integration process; • AIDS workshops aim to spread awareness message to workers • Poison control centre the first in the nation; Public awareness increases demand for pure water; • Senior officials go back to school over e-government • Government spends K45 million on Macadamia plants from China.
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Date of entry/update: 23 January 2006


Title: "The Myanmar Times" Vol. 9, No. 171, June 23 - 29, 2003
Date of publication: 29 June 2003
Description/subject: INTERNAL LINKS DEAD.... EXCLUSIVE - Reconciliation is our priority, says Foreign Minister: THE clash between supporters and opponents of the National League for Democracy in Sagaing Division on May 30 was a “set back” for the national reconciliation process, the Foreign Minister, U Win Aung, said last week. “Before May 30 we had been filled with hope and optimism that national reconciliation was on track and would pave the way for a smooth and peaceful transition to democracy,” U Win Aung said in an exclusive interview with Myanmar Times in Phnom Penh last Thursday.... Aim ‘a fully democratic, fully united country’: TWO regional meetings of national significance thrust Myanmar under the spotlight last week in the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh. The annual meeting of foreign ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations was followed by a gathering of wider global significance, the ASEAN Regional Forum. It brought together foreign ministers from 22 nations and the European Union to discuss security issues, international terrorism, North Korea’s nuclear program, and the impact of the SARS epidemic... • US sanctions threaten 350,000 workers in garment industry • Govt to import $200m gasoline this year • Thai monks visit Mandalay More>> Myannmar won the final Myanmar’s younsters have won the final of the ASEAN U18 football championship. Myanmar beat Malaysia 4:0 at Yangon’s Thuwunna stadium. • Myanma Spirulina Factory to export medicines and tonics • K375m windfall for MFE’s operations • Establishing a solid base for construction industry... ARF welcomes assurance on NLD leader: The United States Secretary of State Colin Powell shakes hand with his Cambodian counterpart Hor Namhong during a courtesy call on Prime Minister Hun Sen in Phnom Penh on June 19. US sanctions threaten 350,000 workers in garment industry YOUNG women working in the apparel industry will be the main victims of any decision by the United States to ban all imports from Myanmar, a garment factory executive said last week. “It would affect the jobs of 350,000 industry employees,” said U Thant Soe, the managing director of the Hlaing Thit factory in Yangon’s South Dagon township.
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Date of entry/update: 23 January 2006


Title: "The Myanmar Times" Vol. 9, No. 170, June 16 - 22 , 2003
Date of publication: 22 June 2003
Description/subject: INTERNAL LINKS DEAD... Meetings leave UN envoy encouraged by latest visit: THE United Nations special envoy to Myanmar, Mr Razali Ismail, left Yangon last Tuesday following a visit that included meetings with senior government leaders and the secretary-general of the National League for Democracy, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. A government statement issued after Mr Razali’s departure said he had expressed his deepest appreciation at being able to meet Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, with whom he held talks a few hours before leaving the country after a four-day visit... Asean won’t waver on non-interference policy, says top official: THE Association of the Southeast Asian Nations will uphold its policy of not interfering in members’ domestic affairs when issues involving Myanmar are raised at a meeting in Phnom Penh this week, the Asean secretary-general, Mr Ong Keng Yong, said last week. Mr Ong was speaking ahead of the annual meeting of Asean foreign ministers, due to begin in the Cambodian capital on June 16. “We will not allow discussions among our own family members to be translated into a public position (perception),” Mr Ong said in an interview with Myanmar Times in Yangon last Wednesday... • Government responds to Bush and Thaksin • Myanmar gets VP position at UN General Assembly • Developing the Mekong region: opportunities and challenges Myanmar women in the fight against trafficking • Engineering firms bullish as infrastructure projects begin • Mandalay’s shutterbugs keep processors busy • Internet advertising helps firms reach millions; UN agency praises Myanmar for campaign to combat AIDS: MYANMAR has received praise for its activities to combat AIDS from the United Nations AIDS organisation, UNAIDS, a senior Health Department official said... This week Thinking Aloud talks to Dr Sid Naing, health program coordinator.
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Date of entry/update: 23 January 2006


Title: "The Myanmar Times" Vol. 9, No. 168, June 2- 8, 2003
Date of publication: 08 June 2003
Description/subject: INTERNAL LINKS DEAD... Motorcyclists from NLD ‘shock’ town: RESIDENTS of Budalin in Sagaing Division were in a state of “shock” when a large group of motorcyclists escorting National League of Democracy secretary-general Daw Aung San Suu Kyi arrived in the town last Friday, a government statement said. The statement, issued last Friday evening, said the 150 motorcyclists had ignored a request from the town’s elders to respect traffic regulations. “Local people have been in a state of shock and fear,” the statement said. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was accompanied by a senior NLD official, U Tin Oo, when her motorcade travelled from Monywa to Budalin last Friday, the statement said... De Riedmatten to serve as facilitator: THE government and the International Labour Organisation will sign an agreement early this week on a plan of action for cooperating in the eradication of forced labour, the ILO’s liaison officer in Yangon, Ms Hong-Trang Perret-Nguyen, told Myanmar Times. The breakthrough came after both sides agreed on May 8 to the role and function of a facilitator whose task will be “to assist possible victims of forced labour in Myanmar”... Development gap a factor in human trafficking, says S-1: THE development gap and disparities in employment opportunities between developed and poor countries have contributed to illegal migration and an increase in human trafficking, Secretary-1 of the State Peace and Development Council, General Khin Nyunt, said last week... •Creative Neo-industrial makes a mark •Mission important •Pipe for the picking •Truly an agricultural economy... This week Thinking Aloud talks to the outgoing Australian ambassador, Mr Trevor Wilson.
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Date of entry/update: 24 January 2006


Title: "The Myanmar Times" Vol. 9, No. 167, May 26 - June 1, 2003
Date of publication: 01 June 2003
Description/subject: SOME INTERNAL LINKS DEAD... Business set to rocket by $150m with new bridge: MYANMAR and Thailand have welcomed the start of work on a second “friendship’ border bridge linking the two countries, saying it will lead to increase trade and tourism. The bridge, spanning the Mae Sai River between Tachilek and the Thai town of Mae Sai, was an example of the two governments working together for “the improvement of the living standards of our peoples,” said the Myanmar Foreign Minister, U Win Aung... US sanctions on Myanmar based on ‘imaginary fears’, says Govt: ECONOMIC and diplomatic sanctions imposed on Myanmar by the United States were based on “imaginary fears,” the government said in a statement last week... Government to probe al-Qaeda report: THE government says it will investigate a British newspaper report that a Myanmar arrested in Pakistan earlier this month was suspected of being linked to the al-Qaeda terrorist group... Probe sought over missing Myanmar in Thailand: POLICE in Thailand said last Friday they had found six unidentified dead bodies, as relatives of six Myanmar migrant workers missing for more than a week said the men had last been seen in the custody of police, who had beaten them... This week Thinking Aloud talks to Sonny Nyunt Thein, the managing director of Gracious Myanmar Travel... Market resilience as apartments snapped up: STEADY sales of condominiums and apartments are proving that the property market has resilience in what appears to be a falling market, sources in the industry said last week... • Small developments are doing well • Invitation cards mean business A short-lived boom for face mask suppliers: SALES of imported face masks have slumped after soaring in April because of the outbreak of the potentially-deadly Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, SARS, in some neighbouring countries, wholesalers and retailers told Myanmar Times last week... • Government to probe al-Qaeda report • US sanctions on Myanmar based on ‘imaginary fears’, says Govt • Probe sought over missing Myanmar in Thailand • Myanmar to be first in Asia with online visas... Officials welcome SARS move by China: THE authorities in northeastern Myanmar have welcomed a decision by China aimed at preventing the spread of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, SARS... • $1.15m health project targets adolescents • Opthalmic training will be seen soon • Minister welcomes diabetes courses.
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Date of entry/update: 24 January 2006


Title: "The Myanmar Times" Vol.9, No. 166, May 19-25, 2003
Date of publication: 25 May 2003
Description/subject: INTERNAL LINKS DEAD...Curious surfers stream into nation’s first cyber cafés: MYANMAR’S first cyber cafes have attracted a steady stream of customers since they opened in Yangon just over a week ago. Cyber Zone, operated by the Maykha Networks company at the Dagon Centre in Sanchaung township, and Fortune International company’s Cyber World 1, in the Danathiha Centre, on Bogyoke Aung San Road, opened on May 10... The Wa drug-free vision: Can it be opium-free by 2005? Carsten Stormer travelled to the Wa Special region on trip arranged by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime to assess progress in an opium eradication campaign... Govt says 60m Bagan tower will help preserve ancient pagodas: A SENIOR government official has defended plans to build a 60-metre-high observation tower at Bagan, saying it would help to preserve ancient pagodas used as viewing platforms by tourists visiting the vast cultural heritage site... Agreement to be signed this week for second Tachilek bridge: MYANMAR and Thailand are expected to sign an agreement early this week to build a second bridge linking Tachilek and Mae Sai across the Nam Mae Sai River, say diplomatic sources... Ban on horns gets public thumbs up: RESIDENTS and shopkeepers in downtown Yangon have welcomed the introduction of a ban on using vehicle horns, saying the reduction in noise pollution has improved the quality of their lives... This week Thinking Aloud talks to Daw Yi Yi Myint, the founder of the Myanmar Women Entrepreneurs’ Association and a retired professor of Business Administration at Yangon Institute of Economics... Veteran Indian merchant predicts two-way trade about to skyrocket: A LEADING Indian businessman has predicted that trade between Myanmar and India will continue to skyrocket. However, a key determinant for that trend to continue will be the mooted creation of better transport links between the two countries.
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Date of entry/update: 24 January 2006


Title: "The Myanmar Times" Vol. 9, No. 162, April 21-27, 2003
Date of publication: 27 April 2003
Description/subject: INTERNAL LINKS DEAD... A wet and exuberant New Year celebration: YANGON came to a wet standstill last week as hundreds of thousands of Myanmar celebrated the four-day Thingyan festival from April 13 to usher in New Year 1365 under the Buddhist calendar. Revered monk bemoans lack of spiritual progress: A PROMINENT monk has called for the international community to pay more attention to moral and spiritual progress. “A society that lacks spiritual progress cannot be considered developed,” said Thidagu Sayadaw Nanissara, who heads the Thidagu World Buddhist Academy at Sagaing Hill in Sagaing Division... Myanmar avoids outbreak of SARS: MYANMAR seems to have avoided any cases of the SARS epidemic affecting countries in the region and elsewhere in the world, a senior official from the Ministry of Health said last FridaY... • NLD commitment trusted, says govt • Human rights resolution 'flawed, biased' • Cybér cafes on way • ICRC expands activities on two Shan State areas • YCDC delays launch of new bus route system • Blood bank suprised by New Year's Day donors • Japanese aid expected for city water project • Coal to generate electricity • Glass factory to be built in Yangon • Agricultural research deals signed • Health Day message focuses on children • Free treatment benefits TB patients • Traditional medicine helps fight Tuberculosis • Health issues bring move to disposable razors • Further efforts needed to sustain leprosy-free status • Indonesian delegation to focus on trade relations • Report outlines challenges to using some timber varieties • Aquaculturalists concerned over antibiotics in prawn farming • Bright outlook for machines on the move.
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Date of entry/update: 24 January 2006


Title: "The Myanmar Times" Vol. 9, No. 161,, April 7-13, 2003
Date of publication: 13 April 2003
Description/subject: INTERNAL LINKS DEAD... High hopes for the New Year: ABOUT 244 BC King Asoka of Pataliputta asked his Buddhist tutor, the venerable Maha Thera, whether he, the King, was worthy enough to be called a propagator of the Buddha’s teachings. The venerable Maha Thera replied; “Your great efforts in building pagodas and digging wells and ponds are worthy of praise. But a person who does all these things can only be called a supporter of Buddha’s teachings. A person who presents his or her son or daughter into the order of Buddhist Bhikku Sangha, however, is worthy of being called a propagator of Buddha’s teachings.”... THINGYAN SPECIAL JACKET STORIES: To our readers… By Editor-in-Chief Ross Dunkley: IN A country of many festivals, Thingyan is Myanmar’s biggest and most enjoyable. The four days of water-throwing and celebrations are rich in symbolism and significance as well as fun, filled with youthful exuberance. It is a time when Myanmar have a chance to cleanse themselves of the past year’s mistakes and regrets and motivate themselves for success in the new year. Not just water throwing... This week, Thinking Aloud talks to Agostino Borra, resident representative of the World Health Organisation... • Deadly SARS prompts isolation action: THE government has stepped up measures aimed at isolating Myanmar from a deadly form of pneumonia that has caused scores of deaths throughout the world, most of them in East Asia... • ILO issues call for credible action plan: THE government and the International Labour Organisation are prepared to continue negotiations on a plan aimed at eliminating forced labour in Myanmar, the ILO said in a statement released at its Geneva headquarters late last month... • Cappuccino ‘strip’ beckons in hill town of Pyin Oo Lwin: PYIN OO LWIN: “Drink the best and forget the rest,” Gregory Love boasted as he gulped down a double espresso in this picturesque hill town, formerly known as Mamyo... A Japanese pirouette to strengthen bonds: THOUSANDS of people attended a special series of concerts and exhibitions held in Yangon and Mandalay last month as part of a program to strengthen relations between Japan and Asean member countries. Myanmar was chosen to host the activities in March under the Asean-Japan exchange year program. One of the most popular events in Myanmar was a performance by Japan’s Katayama Ballet School at the National Theatre in Yangon on March 30 which attracted about 1000 people. – Thant Syn & Nyi Nyi Aung... Tax agreement signed with Indonesia: MYANMAR and Indonesia have signed an agreement on tax alleviation in trade and employment. The agreement – on avoiding double taxation and preventing fiscal evasion – was signed during a three-day visit to Yangon last week by the Indonesian Foreign Minister, Dr Hassan Wirajuda...] • Govt praises Pinheiro for ‘constructive’ role: THE government has urged the United Nations special human rights rapporteur on Myanmar, Mr Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, to continue in his role, describing his work as “constructive and positive”... • Banks are improving, S1 tells business heads: THE situation involving Myanmar’s private banks is improving, Secretary 1 of the State Peace and Development Council, General Khin Nyunt, told a meeting of one of the country’s leading business associations late last month... • Tokyo gives $1.2m for Wa region initiative • Asean secretary-general pledges to help Myanmar • Dept issues early weather warning •Official wants improved post-abortion care • Metro bus fares double • School founder and philanthropist dies aged 98 • ICT awards winners to get chance of Australian trip • New generation ‘super chickens’ become fast food: FARMERS are realising that growing ‘broilers’, 45-day-old chickens which have had their growth artificially accelerated, is a risky business, but one that has potential to make good profits... • Chinese demand leads to central eel marketplace: A LARGE wholesale eel market will open in Yangon in response to increasing demand from China, said the president of the newly formed Eel Trader Association... • Despite television’s pull, sidewalk bookshops boom: STREETSIDE book stalls selling inexpensive used Myanmar and English books are becoming popular in Yangon, especially in
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Title: "The Myanmar Times" Vol. 8, No. 160, March 31 - April 6 , 2003
Date of publication: 06 April 2003
Description/subject: Senior-General Than Shwe inspects an honour guard before giving the address to mark Armed Forces Day last week... Ecotourism boom, but no guides in sight: MORE guides with a comprehensive knowledge of nature and wildlife are needed to contribute to the growth of the ecotourism sector, say travel industry representatives... Asia shaken and anxious after first week of Iraq war: The first week of war in Iraq has left many Asian countries shaken politically and economically... June Launch For New Airline; Harsher New Penalties For Road; Sen-Gen Stresses Unity; With Great Slurps Of Oil Myint Swe, Artist, Beckons To The Non-Believers; Dark Doing On The Soccer Field.
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Title: "The Myanmar Times" Vol. 8, No. 159, March 24 - 30 , 2003
Date of publication: 30 March 2003
Description/subject: Trade deals the highlight of Bangladeshi PM’s visit: THE Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Begum Khaleda Zia, left Myanmar last Friday after an historic visit that produced three agreements aimed at increasing bilateral trade...Busy agenda for UN’s Pinheiro: THE United Nations special human rights rapporteur on Myanmar, Mr Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, arrived in Yangon last Wednesday to discuss his proposal for an independent assessment of alleged violations of human rights... Gems Emporium Sales Strong; Virus Scare Prompts Alert... Attorney General stresses challenges to drafting legislation on cross-border crime: DRAFTING a law that provides for international cooperation is a challenging process, a senior government minister said in Yangon last week... Familiarisation tours to aid tourist sector: FAMILIARISATION tours for foreign travel agents, travel writers, and travel photographers will begin in April to help promote the Myanmar tourism industry... Home Affairs Ministry plans new job tests: THE MINISTRY of Home Affairs plans to introduce updated psychological assessment tests for job applicants in its future personnel selection procedures... Managers urged to confront challenges: MYANMAR managers need to develop a greater awareness of the challenges they need to overcome in a rapidly changing world to be able to bring benefits to the community, says a prominent woman entrepreneur...Universities clinch deal on scholarships: ACADEMIC staff and students from Yangon Institute of Economics will have opportunities to further their studies in Malaysia under a memorandum of understanding signed last week... Betel quid: ABOUT K50 million worth of ingredients for betel quid are sold in Yangon every day, according to a report in Living Color magazine. .. Improved farming methods could double cotton yields: A SENIOR agriculture official in Mandalay has urged cotton farmers to improve cultivation methods to achieve better yields... Yangon Uni research centre goes commercial: THE Universities’ Research Centre at Yangon University is offering its services to private enterprises and the public to test products and samples for safety and quality... Dialysis more expensive in the long run: nephrologist: A LEADING Yangon nephrologist (kidney specialist) has sought to dispel the myth that transplant operations are too expensive for patients suffering kidney failure.
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Title: "The Myanmar Times" Vol. 8, No. 158, March 17 - 23, 2003
Date of publication: 23 March 2003
Description/subject: Farm sector evaluates genetic advances: GENETICALLY Modified Organisms had the potential to sharply increase farm sector output but needed to be treated with care, an agriculturalist with Myanma Agriculture Services, said last week... MT strikes deals on news content: IN line with its philosophy of providing the most up-to-date news The Myanmar Times is expanding its international news sources and coverage from this week... MT strikes deals on news content: IN line with its philosophy of providing the most up-to-date news The Myanmar Times is expanding its international news sources and coverage from this week... Business group backs education programs Coalition on AIDS reactivated: A SENIOR official from the United Nations’ AIDS Program in Yangon has welcomed the reactivation of a business group on AIDS which was set up informally two years ago... Books, gems captivate a Thai Princess: LITERATURE, traditional culture and gems captured the attention of Thailand’s Princess Sirindhorn during her visit to Myanmar last week, a Thai diplomat said... Each week ‘Thinking Aloud’ asks someone from the community to give their thoughts on a range of subjects. This week we speak with our Editor-in-Chief Ross Dunkley. Q. How long have you been living in Yangon?...Noise pollution a threat, warns medical specialist: PUBLIC awareness on noise pollution and hearing impairment is still low in Myanmar, a prominent professor told Myanmar Times last week... Infirm elderly welcome free health treatment: A FREE medical service, provided by the Myanmar Maternal and Child Welfare Association (MMCWA) in South Okkalapa township, is bringing comfort to the infirm elderly in the area... Chin State clay: HIGH-QUALITY clay found throughout Chin State is in demand as a raw material to make gravestones, as well as pots and other kitchenware, reports Myanmar Market journal... A timely lesson for agriculture trainees: THE participants of the first three-month course provided by an agricultural training school in Pyin Oo Lwin say it has increased their self-confidence and made them more aware of the importance of time management...Training essential for e-govt, says computer group leader: TRAINING is the key to the successful implementation of e-government, said the chairman of the Myanmar Computer Federation (MCF) at the opening ceremony of a training course at MICT Park last Monday... Work starts on another high-rise on Pyay Road: WORK has begun on another high-rise residential and commercial development on Pyay Road, the fourth multi-storey project to be launched along the major thoroughfare in as many months... City FM extends transmissions to satisfy listeners, advertisers: YANGON’S City FM radio station plans to extend its broadcasting period to 14 hours each day... Veteran lensman wins top national award: PROFESSIONAL photographer, U Thiha Thein Nyan, has been chosen photographer of the year for 2002 by the Myanmar Photographic Society...Micro-credit frees trader of debt burden: ACCESS to a micro-credit scheme has transformed the life of Ma Nyo Nyo Win, 36, but she readily admits there had been little change to her daily routine... Old Myanmar ceramics historically significant: THERE is growing international interest in ancient Myanmar ceramics, an Australian archeologist said in Yangon last week... Buyers’ market beckons as car prices plummet: CAR prices in Yangon and Mandalay have plummeted by up to 40 per cent in recent weeks because of reduced demand and an oversupply on the market, a market survey has found... Economist warns business success to be hard-earned in free market: MYANMAR managers need to develop a greater awareness of the challenges they need to overcome in a rapidly changing world to be able to bring benefits to the community, says a prominent woman entrepreneur...No puff as 76yo powers into town: A 76-year-old man from Rakhine State pedalled into Yangon last week as part of a cycling tour through the nation to focus attention on the dangers of smoking... Climbers conquer Saramayti: A TEAM of 31 mountaineers has returned to Yangon and Mandalay after climbing one of Myanmar’s highest mountains... Ministry selling palm oil: THE Ministry of Cooperatives began selling palm oil to retailers last Wednesday, said a ministry official... Vietnam meeting: THE Chairman of the State Peace and Development Council, Senior General Than Shwe, was due to begin a three-day visit to Vietnam on March 15, a diplomatic source said. Senior General Than Shwe will be accompanied by a 60-member delegation, the source said... Buckwheat shipment in limbo: A 50-tonne shipment of buckwheat due to have left for Japan at the end of February was still in a government warehouse at Lashiolast week, a senior official said. The official told Myanmar Times that some documents were yet to be signed before the shipment could leave for Yokohama via China... Mandalay goes online: MANDALAY City Development Committee launched a website last Saturday, featuring details and useful information about the city, as well as tourist attractions, local events and trade opportunities in upper Myanmar... A first for Myanmar: AQUACULTURE specialists gather in Yangon this week for the first annual meeting of a regional organisation to be held in Myanmar. A seminar and workshop will be held as part of the annual gathering of the Bangkok-based Network of Aquaculture Centres in the Asia-Pacific, to be held at the Grand Plaza Parkroyal hotel from March 28 to April 1, said the director general of the Aquaculture Division of the Department of Fisheries, U Khin Ko Lay... Deadline nears at market: MANDALAY City Development Committee says it will confiscate more than 1000 shops at Yadanabon Market unless the lessees open them for business by March 20.
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Title: "The Myanmar Times" Vol. 8, No. 157, March 10 - 16 , 2003
Date of publication: 16 March 2003
Description/subject: Mandalay Division plans big increase in rice production: THE Myanma Agricultural Service says an extra 90,000 acres will be put under paddy in Mandalay Division during the fiscal year beginning in April to ensure better food sufficiency...Yangon artist wins international prize: A MYANMAR artist has won a first prize in an international poster competition held as part of activities last year to mark World Population Day, which falls on July 11... Minister urges gradual pace with privatisation process: PRIVATISATION must occur at a gradual pace to be successful, a senior government minister said in an interview late last month...Expect to sizzle this month: forecaster: YANGON can expect hotter than average weather until mid-April, an official at the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology said last Wednesday... With a mere K500,000 students make solar car: STUDENTS at Yangon’s International Language and Business Centre have built what they say is the country’s first solar-powered vehicle... Talks continue on ways to cooperate over forced labour issue: THE government and the International Labour Organisation are holding talks to adopt an action plan on the eradication of forced labour, the ILO’s liaison officer in Yangon, Ms Hong-Trang Perret-Nguyen, said in a report last week... Govt chides Washington over ‘insensitive’ decision: THE government has described a decision by the United States last week to retain Myanmar on a list of countries alleged to violate religious freedom, as "improper" and "insensitive"... Asean-Japan year to strengthen ties - FM: MUTUAL understanding between Japan and the Association of the Southeast Asian Nations will be enhanced by a range of special cultural and economic activities this year, the Foreign Minister, U Win Aung, said earlier this month... Media can help raise awareness in fight against cancer, says specialist: A MEDICAL specialist has urged the media to improve public awareness of the benefits of early diagnosis and treatment for cancer, a medical specialist told Myanmar Times last week... Neonatal consultant welcomes ‘essential’ infant deaths survey: A SURVEY on infant mortality rates, being conducted by the Department of Health, has been hailed as "essential" for planning by a neonatal consultant... Investment urged in Mandalay bus lines: ENTREPRENEURS have been urged to invest in buses in Mandalay to help improve transportation services in the city...Tokyo provides $44,000 for tuberculosis project: THE JAPANESE government has provided a grant of nearly US$ 44,000 for the improvement of tuberculosis diagnosis and care in Thongwa township in Yangon Division... Prominent Myanmar monks receive honorary doctorates: YANGON University has awarded honorary doctorates to two prominent Buddhist monks in recognition of their role in spreading the Dhamma (Lord Buddha’s teachings) among all levels of society...Yangon monasteries hold language courses: FOREIGN language courses at two monasteries in Yangon are booming because they are much cheaper than their commercial counterparts... Bangladeshi trade fair to boost bilateral trade: THE fourth Bangladeshi trade fair, to be held at the Yangon Trade Centre from March 20 to 22, will help boost bilateral trade ties, said a spokesperson from the Bangladesh embassy last week...Quality the key to success for Myanmar Brewery MYANMAR Brewery Ltd has become the first company in Myanmar to be simultaneously awarded three international quality standard certificates... Permanent tiger reserve could provide safe haven: DEEP in the remote wilderness of Myanmar’s Kachin State lies the 2500 square mile Hukaung Valley Wildlife sanctuary...Women urged to create opportunities, increase contribution to society: THE founder of the Myanmar Women Entrepreneurs’ Association, Professor Daw Yi Yi Myint, says women in challenging circumstances should make a greater effort to contribute to society... Red Cross Society to mount retrospective: THE MYANMAR Red Cross Society is seeking old publications and documentation about its past activities... Thai princess to visit this week: THAILAND’S Princess Sirindhorn is due to arrive in Yangon on March 10 as the first stop on a five-day tour of Myanmar, a diplomatic source said...Rakhine wrestlers to compete in Yangon: A RAKHINE traditional wrestling competition will be held in Yangon on March 21... YCDC seeks Thingyan contestants; PRIVATE companies, government departments, schools and other organisations are invited to participate in cultural competitions in Yangon during the water festival, said U Zaw Win, section head of the Inspection Department of the Yangon City Development Committee... Australia chooses new envoy: THE Australian government last week announced that it had chosen Mr Paul Grigson as its next ambassador to Myanmar. He will replace Mr Trevor Wilson, whose term ends in June, said a statement released last Wednesday by the Australian Foreign Minister, Mr Alexander Downer... Earthquakes pose little risk in capital - Survey: A SURVEY by the Meteorology and Hydrology Department has found that earthquakes are unlikely to pose a threat to high-rise buildings in Yangon... Beach resorts offer best tourism potential - S1: MYANMAR beach resorts present the greatest potential for tourism growth, Secretary-1 of the State Peace and Development Council, General Khin Nyunt, said at a tourism industry meeting in Yangon last week.
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Title: "The Myanmar Times" Vol. 8, No. 156, March 3 - 9, 2003
Date of publication: 09 March 2003
Description/subject: Ditch illusion of quick solution - Pinheiro: THE United Nations special human rights rapporteur on Myanmar, Mr Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, has urged the international community to abandon the "illusion of quick solution" and assist Myanmar in its transition...‘Win, win if work together on drugs’: In a joint move teams from Myanmar and the USA will complete today (March 3) a survey on opium poppy production in Shan State – with a call from the Government urging the US to join more fully in the war against narcotics... Opium output halved: PRODUCTION of opium has halved in Myanmar since 1996, said the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) in its 2002 annual report released last Wednesday... Nouveau riche jump at condo lifestyle: Living in style, owning a prestigious property in an exclusive township (suburb) and being seen as having all the right "toys" is the dream for all Myanmars who have fared well in the business sphere over the past decade... Anti-US sentiment grows: WITH A US-led war on Iraq seeming inevitable, the number of protesters across the world trying to stop, or at least stall, United States President George Bush, grows daily...Plan for new sewage treatment plant: PLANS to build a new sewage treatment plant in Yangon are well underway, according to sources close to the Yangon City Development Committee... FIFA funds work on Mandalay stadium: RENOVATION of a Mandalay football stadium using financial assistance from the Federation of International Football Associations was nearing completion last week... Computerised graphic design courses boom: ENROLMENTS in computer graphic design courses are booming because of the popularity of graphic production in the Myanmar media world... China presents rubber export market: MYANMAR Perennial Crops Enterprise believes that rubber production has very good potential in the local export market... Call for Wushu in Olympics: A Chinese delegation led by sport minister Mr Li Zhijian arrived in Yangon last week for a four-day visit to observe the high standard of Wushu in Myanmar, to increase cooperation between the two countries in the sport, and to help the Chinese push to make wushu an Olympic sport... Popular dictionary reprinted: A POPULAR English-Myanmar dictionary has been reprinted and distributed for the second time... Bangladeshi Prime Minister to visit: THE Bangladeshi Prime Minister, Begum Khaleda Zia, is due to visit Myanmar this month, a diplomatic source said... Ministry offers course in rubber production: A TRAINING course conducted by the Ministry of Agricultural and Irrigation in early March will help create greater interest in rubber production, said a superintendent of the Development Centre for Rubber Technology... Motorcycles encroach on Mandalay bicycle market: BICYCLE sales decreased slightly in Mandalay this year due to an increase in the sales of motorcycles and used bicycles, according to market sources... Export market for health products?: A JAPANESE official has urged Myanmar producers of dietary supplements and natural health products to work with international organisations to seek international markets for their products...Buckwheat to Japan via China: MYANMAR exported 50 tons of buckwheat to Japan last week through China, according to an official from the Japan International Co-operation Agency which helped initiate the cultivation of the opium substitute crop in Shan State... Lead poisoning survey reveals that battery workers face higher risks: WITH the increasing numbers of cars on the road, the incidents of lead poisoning in battery workers could also increase, survey results have revealed... Anti-retroviral drug trials to begin: A HOLLAND-based non-government organisation, Artsen Zonder Grenzen (AZG), is preparing to launch a program that will benefit the AIDS patients, in the advanced stages of the disease... Media must fight HIV/AIDS bias: AN OFFICIAL from the National AIDS Program (NAP) of the Ministry of Health has urged the media to play a greater role in helping eliminate the irrational fears about HIV-AIDS...Japanese funding for Myanmar movie: A JAPANESE film producer and director Koji Shino will recommence production of a US$26 million World War II epic movie called Thway (Blood) after a five-year delay... Film screened to accolades: A MYANMAR film, titled Myself, Others, Men and Women, was screened two weeks ago at the World Film Festival held in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia... Myanmar publishes first sign language dictionary: THE FIRST Myanmar sign language dictionary will be published before the end of the year according to Daw Khin San Yee, the principal of the School for the Deaf in Mandalay...Call for public cooperation to help prevent house fires: THE dry season is coming bringing with it a call for public co-operation to help reduce the incidence of house fires, a prominent officer from the Fire Services Department told Myanmar Times last week... Nurses take care of AIDS orphans: THE Myanmar Nurses Association has embarked on a program for adolescent health care and the care of AIDS affected children in a southern Shan State community...Seminar highlights security risks: MYANMAR businesses should be aware of the security problems faced when taking their entire computer networks online, a seminar was told last week... IT centres flourish in Mandalay: MORE computer training centres are opening for Mandalay schoolchildren during the summer holidays, according to U Thein Htut, President of the Mandalay Computer Scientists Association... Assistants need more training: SALES assistants in many Yangon stores need to be trained to offer better service and hospitality to customers, according to U Thein Shwe, the managing director of La Pyayt Wun Plaza...Women in the workplace - Interviews by Wai Phyo Myint and May Thin Tun...
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Title: "The Myanmar Times" Vol. 8, No. 155, February 24 - March 2 , 2003
Date of publication: 02 March 2003
Description/subject: US urged to ‘roll up sleeves’ and help: THE government has called on the United States to lift its sanctions and start an open and constructive dialogue with Yangon as a means of promoting economic and political development in Myanmar... S1 reassures public that private banks are safe: SECRETARY 1, General Khin Nyunt, last Friday reassured the business community and hundreds of thousands of bank customers nationwide that their money was safe despite some short- term concerns within the private sector financial institutions... Mysterious ruby worth $200m sparks a dispute: A RUBY reportedly worth about US$200 million has become the centre of international dispute involving an ex-diplomat from Laos, a Singapore-based company and a former Thai police general, officials said last week... 27 mountaineers set to conquer 12,553 foot peakS: TWENTY seven members from the Myanmar Hiking and Mountaineering Association will conquer one of the nation’s highest mountains when they reach the peak of the 12,553-foot Saramayti Mountain in Sagaing division at the end of this week... 14,000 hits daily Yangon City website lures net surfers: FEATURING increasingly diversified content including commercial ads and special features, the number of ‘hits’ – people who have visited the Yangon City website – has increased rapidly, according to a city official... Within months a high tech park for Mandalay: MYANMAR’S second biggest information and communication technology centre will be established in Mandalay within the next four months, according to sources close to the project. .. No vampire, but expectancy high for discovery of new bat species: A SCHOLAR from Mandalay University’s Zoological Department has discovered what is believed to be an unusual new bat species, but is still awaiting confirmation from experts in England who are visiting the second city next month...Yangon a ready market for oils and lubricants: THE OIL and lubricants market is enjoying strong demand in Yangon because of the widespread use of automobiles as well as heavy machinery in the industrial sectors, according to a recent market survey... Program to re-develop Hlawga National Park: A WILDLIFE park naturally endowed with a broad bio-diversity of flora and fauna has been targeted for re-development under an ambitious program to attract tourists... Art galleries hold exhibitions to support struggling painters: DESPITE a mini boom in the number of art exhibitions and showings in Myanmar, the major art galleries are still not making healthy profits, according to U Aung Tun, manager of the Lokanat art gallery... Belgian doctors cure 35 patients in Sagaing: A TEAM of surgeons from Belgium last week treated 135 eye and cleft lip patients at a Sagaing hospital run by Buddhist monks... Joint degree for PhD in computer studies: AS A STEPPING stone for promoting higher education in computer studies the commemoration program for "Asean-Japan 2003" was held on February 20 at the University of Computer Studies Yangon... Challenge for Asean private sector: A MYANMAR business leader has told a regional conference that the private sector is the engine of growth for the region. Farm trailer: MOTORISED farm trailer rental is growing in popularity as an inexpensive means of transporting commodities and raw materials to market, reported the Kumudra journal... Arrested for drugs: MORE than 4000 people were arrested in connection with the 2899 cases of drug trafficking last year, the government announced last Tuesday...Long-term downturn hurts speciality print shops: THE screen printing and speciality printing industry has suffered a downturn in business since May last year, due mainly to reduced demand and an increase in the costs of fabrics and quality printing inks... Foreigners look to meditation to quell modern-day anxieties: The legacy of global terrorism and the September 11 attacks is that more and more westerners are striving for peace of mind...Quality of drinking water under review: THE availability of safe drinking water was discussed at a two-day workshop on the ‘Assessment of Drinking Water Quality in Myanmar’ last week... Aid brings water to Zalun: THE People of Zalun township in Ayeyarwaddy division no longer suffers a scarcity of safe drinking water. The Eishin pharmaceutical association in Japan has donated US$10,000 for the digging of deeper tube wells in five areas of Zalun township... Redraft for antique Act: THE MINISTRY of Culture is redrafting antique protection rules to protect the country’s vast cultural wealth. The department examines artefacts for export to determine if they are allowed out of the country in accordance with the 1957 Antiquities Act, which prohibits the traffic of Myanmar antiques out of the country... Child artists sought: CHILDREN have been invited to contribute works of art for a magazine published by the Myanmar Maternal and Child Welfare Association.
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Title: "The Myanmar Times" Vol. 8, No. 154,
Date of publication: 23 February 2003
Description/subject: Edible oil industry: THE domestic edible oil industry has benefited from restrictions on exports and imports, an industry representative said in an interview... Numbered badges for police in Mandalay: MANDALAY traffic police have been issued with identification numbers to replace name tags, in line with their Yangon counterparts... Thai PM hails outcome of visit: MYANMAR and Thailand will cooperate more closely in suppressing narcotics and on border security issues, the Thai Prime Minister, Mr Thaksin Shinawatra, said at the end of a two-day working visit last Monday... Asean unity essential, FM tells workshop: ASEAN must work closely as a group if it is to have any international influence in an increasingly integrated world economy, the Foreign Minister, U Win Aung, has told a regional workshop in Yangon... SPDC Chairman stresses unity, stability in Union Day address: THE Chairman of the State Peace and Development Council, Senior General Than Shwe, stressed the importance of the national unity and stability in a message to the nation last Wednesday marking Union Day... Foiled plot prompts plea to members of political parties: THE government has called on members of political parties to help its efforts for a peaceful transition to democracy by respecting the law... Banks safe, assures govt: THE Central Bank of Myanmar has assured the public that private banks will not be affected by the collapse of four general services companies in Yangon... International community should do more, says Russian envoy THE international community should provide more assistance to Myanmar, the Russian ambassador, Mr Oleg Kabanov, said last week... Cambodia proposes Phnom Penh governor as next ambassador: THE Cambodia ambassador, Mr Nim Chantara, is due to leave his post early next month to take up the position of under secretary at the Foreign Ministry in Phnom Penh, a diplomatic source said last week... Seafood exports tipped to exceed $300m: EARNINGS from seafood exports this financial year are expected to be at least US$50 million higher than in 2001-2002, Fisheries Department director, U Tin Win, said last week... NGO formally opens first of 100 schools: THE first of 100 primary schools in Shan State to be funded by the Nippon Foundation, a Japanese non-government organisation, was formally opened near Taunggyi last Monday... Trees set to increase output of edible oil: MYANMA Perennial Crops Enterprise is optimistic that oil produced from the aceituno tree will make an important contribution towards meeting the demand for edible oil, its general manager, U Tin Saung, said last week... IT roadshow draws big crowds: ORGANISERS have expressed delight at the crowds attracted by a roadshow which travelled to six towns to demonstrate the benefits of information technology... Research team issues warning on caffeine: A SURVEY by a medical research team has highlighted the importance of avoiding excessive amounts of caffeine. The survey found that many beverages and food products contain high amounts of caffeine... AIDS project targets bus, truck drivers: THE Myanmar Red Cross Society and a Swiss non-government organisation, the Association Francois-Xavier Bagnoud, have unveiled plans for a joint project to create greater awareness about HIV-AIDS among long distance truck and bus drivers and their assistants... Life skills classes for next academic year: THE ministries of Health and Education have prepared a life skills curriculum which will be introduced in the basic education system in the 2003-2004 academic year...ADB downgrades growth forecasts: THE Asian Development Bank (ADB) last week downgraded its 2003 economic growth forecast for East Asia, citing an impending Iraq war and easing export momentum... New look for state newspapers helps to increase circulation: CHANGES to three state-owned newspapers have helped to increase circulation, U Tin Kha, the managing director of the Ministry of Information’s News and Periodical Enterprise, said last week... Lecture on old Rakhine: THE resident representative of a prestigious French university suggested in a lecture last week that the contribution of the ancient kingdom of Rakhine to Myanmar’s role as a gateway between South and Southeast Asia deserved further study. Dr Jacques Leider, a professor at the Ecole Francaise d’Extreme Orient in Paris who has spent the past year in Yangon, made the suggestion in an address titled L’Arakan, un royaume bouddhiste en Birmanie (‘Rakhine, a Buddhist kingdom in Myanmar’) at the Alliance Francaise last Tuesday... Eight days and 70 eye operations: A BRITISH surgical team has restored the sight of 70 patients in operations performed during an eight-day visit to a hospital in Sagaing run by Buddhist monks... Australian kidney specialists sign cooperation agreement: A KIDNEY specialists’ organisation in Australia will provide technical and educational assistance for its Myanmar counterpart under an agreement reached in Yangon earlier this month... Agreement reached on flights from Israel: THE civil aviation authorities of Myanmar and Israel have reached an agreement on flights between Yangon and Tel Aviv, Israeli ambassador Yaacov Avrahamy revealed last Thursday... Building sector booms: YANGON is enjoying a building boom, according to figures issued by the Yangon City Development Committee. The figures show that the YCDC issued 333 building permits between April 1 and January 17, compared to 198 for all of the 2001-2002 financial year... Austrian NGO team visits: A two-member delegation from an Austrian non-government organisation that specialises in tourism, regional planning, and sustainable development is on a one-week fact-finding visit to Myanmar. The NGO, Respect, plans to issue a statement on the tourist industry based on its findings during a tour of the country from February 11 to 19... Amnesty visit ‘a positive step’: THE government has described a visit by an Amnesty International delegation earlier this month as a "positive step" that would pave a way for developing a constructive dialogue on human rights issues with the London-based organisation. Japanese man gives $2.5m for IT training: A JAPANESE businessman has donated about US$2.5 million to the Myanmar Computer Federation to fund a series of training courses in information and communications technology...The betel habit - Interviews by Wai Phyo Myint.
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Title: "The Myanmar Times" Vol. 8, No. 153,
Date of publication: 16 February 2003
Description/subject: Public health milestone reached as leprosy declared eliminated: MYANMAR has reached a significant milestone in its public health programs with the announcement last week that the country had reached its goal of eliminating leprosy... Pyay Road glitters for condo developer: PYAY Road is emerging as a preferred location for residential housing projects, with another property developer starting work on a condominium along the thoroughfare... Philanthropist’s quiet millions get recognition: SOME would say it’s the ultimate job. After all giving away tens of millions of dollars a year must surely rank as a most satisfying endeavour...Hotel operators say this is best season in years: HOTELS are celebrating their best tourist season in years, with occupancy rates up by an about 10 per cent during the period from October to January, a survey by Myanmar Times has found... Lt-Gen Soe Win gets nod as SPDC’s Secretary-2: THE State Peace and Development Council has appointed one of its senior members, Lieutenant-General Soe Win, as Secretary 2 of the 13-member SPDC... JICA gears up to spend $20m: THE Japanese government’s overseas aid agency plans to spend about US$20 million in Myanmar during the fiscal year beginning next April, its Yangon representative said last week... K15 billion Chaungtha resort opens: THE government says it plans to improve transport links between Yangon and the neighbouring beach resorts of Chaungtha and Ngwe Saung in Ayeyar-waddy Division which are becoming increasingly popular with domestic and international tourists... Container service launched: A SHIPPING line which has begun a direct container service between Myanmar and Bangladesh is also sailing to ports in India and Sri Lanka, its Yangon representative said last week... Health officials say more waste incinerators needed at hospitals: THE cost of high-temperature waste incinerators for use by the medical sector is within affordable limits, according to the preliminary results of a pilot project... Anti-smoking cyclist: A 76-year-old man from Rakhine State is cycling through Myanmar as part of a personal campaign to publicise International Non-Smoking Day on May 31, reported Pann Thadin (Flower News) journal... Myanmar gets $7m for TB campaign: AN international fund has allocated US$7 million to Myanmar for activities to control tuberculosis for the next two financial years... Strategic plan for Red Cross Society: THE Myanmar Red Cross Society has begun preparatory work for the development of a five-year strategic plan, its president, Dr Kyaw Win, said last week... English language courses aid work of officials involved in administering law: PROFICIENCY in English is essential for personnel involved in the administration of the law, officials from the Supreme Court and the Office of the Attorney General have told Myanmar Times... Incoming WHO chief’s pledge on decentralization wins praise: THE resident representative of the World Health Organisation has welcomed a pledge by its director general designate to decentralise more of the Geneva-based agency’s activities... International food competition to be a first for Myanmar chefs: THE first international food competition for Myanmar chefs will be held in Yangon in April, organisers said last week...Catch from inland waterways shows five-fold increase: AN expansion of the inland fishing industry and the release of millions of fingerlings has contributed to a sharp increase in the supply of fresh water fish in recent years, a senior government official said last week... Scores apply to MFE to lease 50-acre coffee growing plots: MYANMA Farms Enterprise says it has received about 115 applications to lease 20,000 acres at Pyin Oo Lwin and Naung Cho for establishing coffee plantations... Yangon companies team up to launch boat charters for tourists: THREE fibreglass cabin cruisers will begin operating tourist charter services in Yangon, Ayeyarwaddy and Tanintharyi divisions early next month... New classroom for Mandalay school: THE headmaster of a primary school in Mandalay says a new building funded by a K3.1 million donation from a non-government organisation will improve the standard of accommodation available for students. U Win Myint said the new building will be used by 180 of the 1300 pupils at State Primary School No. 14 in Chan Mya Tha Zi township. The building, funded by World Vision, an NGO based in the United States, was handed over to the Ministry of Education late last month... Courses in Japanese: ANOTHER Japanese language school has opened in Yangon, bringing the number in the capital to about 35. Classes at the Nakano Japanese Language Centre are aimed at Myanmar who want to study in Japan... Hailstones, heavy rain fall in upper Myanmar: UNSEASONAL record heavy rain and hail storms lashed parts of Upper Myanmar in early January, the Meteorological Department office in Mandalay has revealed... Centre for shuttlers: WORK has begun on a K1.2 billion international-standard badminton stadium in Lanmadaw township, an official of the Ministry of Sport said last week... ENTRIES are being sought for an Asean art competition aimed at creating greater awareness of the importance of environmental protection. The competition follows a decision to declare 2003 as Asean Environment Year... A project to map the nation: INFORMATION technology company, Suntac Technologies, is upgrading maps of Myanmar as part of a high tech project using remote sensing and Geographic Information System (GIS) software. "The mapping project started in 2000 in collaboration with the Directorate of Surveys under the Ministry of Forestry," Suntac Technologies general manager U Tin Myint told Myanmar Times... Thai PM on working visit: THE Thai Prime Minister, Mr Thaksin Shinawatra, is making a two-day working visit to Myanmar this week. Mr Thaksin will be accompanied by his Foreign Minister, Mr Surakiart Sathirathai, and other senior Thai officials. Mr Thaksin is due to meet the Chairman of the State Peace and Development Council, Senior General Than Shwe, a diplomatic source said... Grand Plaza Parkroyal gets facelift; PLAZA Pacific Hotel and Resorts International, which took control of the Sofitel Yangon last month, has renamed the hotel and plans to refocus it as a deluxe facility catering for a 60-40 mix of business and leisure guests, said its general manager, Mr Teddy Chia. He said all staff had been retained at the hotel, renamed the Grand Plaza Parkroyal...
Language: English
Source/publisher: Myanmar Consolidated Media Co. Ltd
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Date of entry/update: 28 January 2006


Title: "The Myanmar Times" Vol. 8, No. 152, February 3 - 9, 2003
Date of publication: 09 February 2003
Description/subject: Brussels meet breaks ice with EU: THE Deputy Foreign Minister, U Khin Maung Win, said last Friday that Myanmar would no longer be a "hostage" in relations between the European Union and the Association of the South East Asian Nations... Health official seeks more youth education programs: YOUNG people need more education about reproductive health to ensure they do not indulge in risky behaviour, an official from the Department of Medical Research said at a medical research meeting in Yangon late last month... Blood law to save lives, says doctor: A SENIOR health official has welcomed the introduction of a law aimed at ensuring that blood products are safe. The Blood and Blood Products Law was enacted by the government on January 29...Campaign cuts hepatitis C infections: A HEALTH Ministry campaign to control the spread of hepatitis C has succeeded in achieving a sharp reduction in transmissions of the disease through blood transfusions... Luxury condos cater for new wealthy class: BUILDING work for Yangon’s tallest residential condominium is due to begin next month at a site overlooking the Hantharwaddy roundabout on Pyay Road, the developer Zaykabar Company announced last week... Negotiations begin with Thai carrier on direct Bagan, Angkor Wat flights: MYANMAR has begun negotiations aimed at launching direct flights between Bagan and Angkor Wat in Cambodia, the director general of the Directorate of Hotels and Tourism, U Khin Maung Latt, told Myanmar Times last Wednesday... Sculpting team claims world record with replica of monks’ alms bowl: A TEAM of sculptors in a village near Mandalay has completed work on a huge marble replica of a Buddhist monk’s alms bowl said to be the largest of its kind in the world... FAO funds farm sector study: THE United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation has provided US$238,000 to Myanmar for a study to assess the competitiveness of the agriculture sector, a government official said last week... Mandalay market favours local satellite dishes: SATELLITE dishes made in Mandalay have taken a big share of the market in upper Myanmar, say market sources. They said eight-foot models are the most popular... Myanmar-made brand come out tops in toothpaste survey: A SURVEY of toothpaste products in Myanmar has found that a brand produced by a Yangon company is the most effective for preventing tooth decay... Border road upgrades would increase farm sector cooperation, says official: MYANMAR has nominated road upgrade projects in its border regions as being essential for agriculture sector development in the Greater Mekong Sub-region, a government official said last week...Meeting hears of radiation safety concerns: RADIATION safety measures in Myanmar laboratories should be upgraded, experts said at the Medical Research Congress symposium in Yangon on January 27... Regional forum explores link between media, human security: THE link between the media and human security was explored at a journalists’ forum in Bangkok last month...Ivanhoe to expand gold mine project: IVANHOE Mines says it is preparing to begin underground mining at its Modi Taung gold project in central Myanmar... Farm training school launches first course: A US$150,000 agricultural training school in Pyin Oo Lwin funded by a South Korean Christian organisation launched its first course last week...Pre-schools competition: NEARLY 200 children from pre-schools and day nurseries throughout Yangon Division have been taking part in a six-week series of contests organised by the Social Welfare Department to assist in their physical and mental development... Interest in growing coffee increases as prices rise on domestic, foreign markets: HIGHER prices for coffee beans on the domestic and export markets have contributed to a sharp rise in the number of potential growers attending training courses on the crop, an employee of Myanma Farms Enterprise said last week...It’s the difference that counts in thanakha products market: BODY products made from the wood of the thanakha tree are competing in a growing market in Myanmar and Asia, and the key to remain competitive appears to be the ability to be different.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Myanmar Consolidated Media Co. Ltd
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Date of entry/update: 28 January 2006


Title: "The Myanmar Times" Vol. 8, No. 150, January 20- 26, 2003
Date of publication: 26 January 2003
Description/subject: INTERNAL LINKS DEAD... Poppy survey in March: THE joint teams of the government and the United Nations will conduct a survey on opium poppy cultivation in Shan State in March, a senior police official said... Assistance upped after State visit: FOLLOWING the successful visit of Myanmar’s Head of State to China a raft of MoU’s have been signed together with news that China is to increase its economic and technological assistance - and this was highlighted by an agreement signed last Tuesday during a visit by the Chinese Vice Premier Mr Li Lanqing to Yangon, a diplomatic source said... ‘No credible evidence’ to back child soldier claim: MYANMAR has denied the allegations by the United Nations that its armed forces had forcibly recruited child soldiers. ..Windfall as 500,000 people visit in 2002: MYANMAR is poised to realise a long-held ambition for its tourism industry with news last week that almost half a million people visited the country in 2002 generating US$100 million in foreign revenue... Even For An 87-Year-Old Rockefeller Myanmar Shines; Magnitude of Problem Provokes Call To Raise Domestic Violence Awareness; YCDC Blitz To Eradicate Stray Dogs; Farmers To Be Trained In Aquaculture Project; JICA Lends Support For Basic Education; Breathing New Life An Old Performer; A Tree-Hugging Scientist Before His Time; Music Festival; Art Perspective; Beauty Corner.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Myanmar Consolidated Media Co. Ltd
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Date of entry/update: 28 January 2006


Title: "The Myanmar Times" Vol. 8, No. 149, January 13-19, 2003
Date of publication: 19 January 2003
Description/subject: MOST INTERNAL LINKS DEAD... Secretary 1 of the State Peace and Development Council, General Khin Nyunt, shares a warm greeting with a senior Chinese official, Mr Luo Gan, in Beijing last Tuesday during the visit by the SPDC Chairman, Senior General Than Shwe. Mr Luo was elected to the politburo of the Chinese Communist Party last November... Beijing steps up support, backs rise in investment: IN the latest demonstration of its support for development in Myanmar, China announced a US$200 million preferential loan during the visit last week by the Chairman of the State Peace and Development Council, Senior General Than Shwe... Production jump puts more fuel on market: A 42 per cent increase in domestic petrol production since early December has enabled more fuel to be made available for private and commercial vehicles, a senior government official said last week... Hundreds Of Application Lodged For New Print Industry Licences; American Writer Fills An Information For Naga New Year Festival; Big Increase In Fares For Trains, Domestic Carrier; AIDS Awareness Program Targets Ministry Employess; Silk - The Fabric of kings; Fiddling For Children’s Upper; Cruising At High Altitudes; Vital Points; Fashion; English As She Is (Sometimes) Spoke.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Myanmar Consolidated Media Co. Ltd
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 28 January 2006


Title: "The Myanmar Times" Vol. 8, No. 148, January 6 - 12 , 2003
Date of publication: 12 January 2003
Description/subject: Roundabout upgrades to ease congestion - YCDC: YANGON City Development Committee says traffic congestion at four major city roundabouts will be sharply reduced when a project to upgrade the intersections is completed by March... Friend of man, rare Ayeyarwaddy dolphin struggles to survive: AN international survey has found that the number of dolphins in the Aye-yarwaddy River appears to have declined during the past four years... Injection of life for Wa drug project with an extra $1.1m: EXTRA funding from the international community will enable a United Nations drug control project in Shan State to be continued for two years longer than originally planned, a senior UN official has revealed... Government dismisses latest US rape claims: THE government has rejected the latest claims by the United States alleging that the Myanmar army has used rape as a weapon of war in Shan State... Private sector workforce up 17pc, figures reveal: THE number of private sector employees in urban areas rose 17 per cent during the past two years, according to figures released by the Department of Labour... Foreign Minister lauds ‘positive’ political climate: A "positive political climate" last year was contributing towards nation building and helping to promote better living standards, Foreign Minister U Win Aung said in a New Year message... Demand for building materials keeps demolition crews busy: THE demolition of old buildings to make way for development projects is helping to sustain a lucrative market for second-hand construction materials, a Myanmar Times survey has found... Construction projects to change city skyline BUILDING companies have received approval for two big high-rise projects along Pyay Road involving a total investment of about K38 billion... Accurate statistics on Asean speed regional development: GOOD, comparative statistics from Asean member countries helped to accelerate the pace of cooperation in the regional grouping, the Minister for National Planning and Economic Development, U Soe Tha, told a meeting in Yangon earlier this month... Alternative energy project uses three power sources: AN electricity generation project using wind and solar power with diesel generators is being developed at Chaungtha, a popular beach resort in Ayeyarwaddy Division... Model village showcases nation’s ethnic diversity: A MODEL village featuring the traditional houses of the eight main national ethnic groups was opened on a 100-acre site on Yangon’s eastern outskirts on December 28... Funds shortage hampers regional group, says FM: THE Foreign Minister, U Win Aung, has expressed concern over a lack of funding for projects planned by a regional economic cooperation grouping comprising Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Thailand... Travel group enjoys a bird’s eye perspective: A GROUP of 36 international travellers has been enjoying the sights of some of Myanmar’s best-known tourist attractions from an unusual perspective – floating above them in hot-air balloons... SALES of commercially-produced calendars have been declining in recent years because supply exceeds demand, reported Living Color magazine... Workshop seeks more controls on tobacco: DRAFT recommendations on tobacco control measures in Southeast Asian countries were agreed at a World Health Organisation regional meeting in Yangon last month. The draft included recommendations tobacco advertising and promotions as well as smuggling and money laundering... Fire crew wins praise for ledge rescue: THE Fire Service Department has praised five of its staff for rescuing a young woman from a ledge on the fourth floor of a residential building in Yangon on Christmas Day... Coup plot death sentences upheld: THE Supreme Court has upheld the death sentences handed down on a son-in-law and three grandsons of the late former President U Ne Win, a source said... Thousands join fitness campaign: OFFICIALS have welcomed a big increase in the number of people taking part this year in exercise activities held every December as part of a campaign to raise the nation’s sports standard and levels of fitness... New train to ease crowding: MYANMA Railways says a third dual-engine train due to be commissioned in March will improve the service for commuters travelling between Yangon and the city’s outskirts. The Diesel Multiple Unit will have 600 seats, 100 more than each of the first two trains of the same type which went into service in 2001... Head of State to visit China: THE Chairman of the State Peace and Development Council, Senior General Than Shwe, is due to begin a six-day State visit to China early this month, a media source said. He will be accompanied by the Secretary 1 of the SPDC, General Khin Nyunt, and a number of senior ministers, the source said. Senior General Than Shwe is expected to meet Chinese leaders including President Jiang Zemin and the secretary general of the Chinese Communist Party, Mr Hu Jintao. The visit reciprocates Mr Jiang’s visit to Myanmar in December 2001... Long-distance vehicles get cheaper fuel: MYANMA Petroleum Products Enterprise is making more petrol available to long-distance passenger and cargo vehicles and inland waterways boats under a scheme which took effect from December 24.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Myanmar Consolidated Media Co. Ltd
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 28 January 2006