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Myanmar joins International Solar Alliance

New Delhi, July 19 - Myanmar on Thursday joined the India-initiated International Solar Alliance , becoming the 68th member of the grouping that is aiming at optimum utilisation of solar energy. Myanmar Minister for International Cooperation Kyaw Tin handed over the ISA Framework Agreement to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj during a bilateral meeting here on the margins of this year's Delhi Dialogue, the premier annual track 1.5 event to discuss politico-security, economic and socio-cultural engagement between India and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations bloc.

Myanmar commemorates fallen national heroes on Martyrs' Day

Myanmar's State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi, daughter of General Aung San, pays tribute during a ceremony to mark the 71st Martyrs' Day in Yangon, Myanmar, July 19, 2018. Myanmar held a state ceremony here Thursday to mark the country's 71st Martyrs' Day, commemorating fallen national heroes including General Aung San and eight others who sacrificed their lives in 1947 for regaining the country's independence.

Cave boys undergo spirit-boosting rite, make merit for Saman

The 12 young footballers and their assistant coach rescued from Tham Luang Cave underwent a "life-prolonging ritual" at a temple on Thursday morning intended to lift their morale and that of their families. Phra Khruba Saengla Thammasiri, abbot of Wat Phra That Sai Muang in the Myanmar border town of Tachilek, performed the ceremony at Wat Phra That Doi Wao in Chiang Rai's Mae Sai district.

A New Report Exposes Myanmar's 'Extensive and Systematic Preparations' for Rohingya Atrocities

In the weeks and months before hundreds of thousands of Rohingya civilians fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh, authorities had made "extensive and systematic preparations" for attacks on the Muslim minority, according to a human rights group. A landmark report released Thursday by Bangkok-based Fortify Rights says there are "reasonable grounds" to believe that genocide and crimes against humanity were committed against the minority, implicating 22 Myanmar army and police officials in the chain of command.

2 Myanmar domestic airlines stop operations

Yangon, July 18 : Two of Myanmar's domestic airlines -- Air Bagan and Apex Airlines -- have stopped their operations, surrendering their air operator's certificates to the authorities, the national media reported on Wednesday. Shortage of aircraft and economic losses forced the airlines to stop their operations, Xinhua news agency quoting a 7Day Daily report.

New Chair of Kyaukphyu SEZ Wary of Chinese Loans

Myanmar will endeavor to take on no loans from China to complete the Kyaukphyu Special Economic Zone but would offer the developer no sovereign guarantees to mitigate risk if it does, said the project's new chairman, seeking to allay fears of a debt trap. Sean Turnell, an economic adviser to State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, has called the expense of the $7.5-billion project "crazy" and "absurd" and warned of a repeat of Sri Lanka's experience.

Six Female Medics Murdered in Captivity by Tatmadaw, TNLA Claims

Six female medics of the Ta'ang National Liberation Army were murdered after being taken prisoner by the Myanmar Army in Namkham Township, northern Shan State, claimed the ethnic armed group, which accused the military of killing prisoners of war. A male TNLA soldier was killed while trying to protect the medics, the group said.

Brother of Informant Hacked to Death, Suspects Arrested

Police in Yangon say they have arrested six suspects in Friday's murder of a man whose brother helped expose a ward administrator as a wanted rape suspect but deny any connection. Police Captain Maung Maung Oo, head of the Dagon Myothit Township police station, said Thet Wai Htoo, 36, was hacked to death with swords on Friday and that six suspects were arrested the following day.

Rediscovering Traditional Myanmar Snacks

The traditional Burmese snacks shops called 'Da Lae' bring back childhood memories for some while offering a variety of new flavors for others. If you look back over the last 20 years, there aren't a lot of Burmese breakfast options and most people eat traditional snacks like kauk nyin poun , bein moat , moat sein paung , shwe hta min and more.

Myanmar Reuters Reporter Says He Was Hooded, Deprived of Sleep

Two Reuters journalists in Myanmar were hooded and deprived of sleep after they were arrested while investigating a massacre of Rohingya Muslims, one of them told a court on Tuesday in startling testimony. Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, face up to 14 years in jail if convicted under an official secrets law of possessing classified documents about security operations in Rakhine state.

Dozens Swept Away in Myanmar Landslide While Hunting for Jade

On Saturday afternoon, Thein Maung was perched on a steep hill of rubble from a jade mine when a landslide engulfed him, he said. He managed to claw his way out, but dozens of others are believed to have been killed, including his brother and a close friend.

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Narongsak Osotthanakorn, the public face of the Chiang Rai cave rescue operation, was greeted as a hero by a crowd of hundreds as he arrived Monday to take up his new posting as governor of Phayao province. (Post Today photo Chiang Rai: Hundreds of people joined in a major merit-making ceremony held in front of Tham Luang cave in Mae Sai district Monday after 12 young footballers and their coach were safely rescued from it a week ago, before the cave is officially closed for restoration from today.

Historic '88 Uprising Photos on Display 30 Years Later

On the morning of Aug. 26, 1988, Htein Win picked up a camera that he had borrowed from a friend and headed to the western gate of Yangon's Shwedagon Pagoda, where Daw Aung San Suu Kyi began her decade-long campaign against the Burmese military regime by addressing the people and stating that "the entire public entertains the keenest desire for a multi-party democratic system of government." "Whenever I think about it, the thing that pops into my mind is the sea of people," Htein Win recalled recently.

The New Yangon City Project: An Urban Planner's View

In 1988, Yangon measured about 80 sq. miles . The city has grown in the three decades since then and now covers more than 300 sq.

Govt Under Fire For Fatal Electrocution of Yangon Boy

The death of a 13-year-old boy by electrocution in Yangon has prompted calls for accountability and safety measures in the city to prevent similar incidents from recurring. Maung Myo Min Tun, also known as Pouk Soh, from Yangon's South Okkalapa Township, died on Friday evening after stepping on a fallen wire lying in a pool of water along Thanthumar Road while walking with his friend near his home.

Yangon Chief Minister Slammed for Accepting Donation to City from Accused Fraudster

Yangon Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein's decision to accept of a 20-million-kyat donation to the city by accused Malaysian fraudster Ong Kean Swan has drawn a strong negative reaction on social media. Ong, a Malaysian who also goes by Peter Ong, is an accused fraudster, self-styled backer of professional gamblers and the CEO of a multilevel marketing company and that has been blacklisted in Taiwan, Malaysia and China.

Anti-Graft Panel Files Charges Against 12 Customs Officials

Yangon-The Myanmar Anti-Corruption Commission has filed complaints with the police against 12 officers including three directors of the Customs Department for alleged bribe-taking related to the importation of delivery vans. The anti-graft body announced on Monday that it had launched an investigation after receiving complaints against customs officials at Yangon Port who had allegedly demanded money from importers to allow for the clearance of the vans.

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