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Burma: Insect named after beloved naturalist David Attenborough

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Burma: Insect named after beloved naturalist David Attenborough

- A NEWLY-IDENTIFIED, 100-million-year-old species of damselfly discovered in the Kachin State of Burma (Myanmar) has been named after iconic British broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough. Attenborough’s name was chosen for the creature – found preserved in an amber fossil from the mid-Cretaceous period when dinosaurs still roamed the earth – in honour of his recent 90 birthday and because of his passion for dragonflies
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SEA Games football: Myanmar get $68,000 for beating Singapore

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SEA Games football: Myanmar get $68,000 for beating Singapore

- The Myanmar Under-22 football team have been rewarded handsomely for their 2-0 victory over Singapore on Monday. It is understood that the team received a US$50,000 (S$68,250) bonus after winning their SEA Games opener. Facebook page Thai Futbol carried a picture of the team being handed a brown envelope supposedly containing US$30,000. According to sources, the US$30,000 came from KBZ Bank, while Myanmar Football Federation president U Zaw Zaw and former Yangon United chairman U Tay Za contributed US$10,000 each
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Young Lions tamed by Myanmar

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Young Lions tamed by Myanmar

- They were beaten 2-0 by Myanmar in the Asian Football Confederations (AFC) U-23 qualifiers last month. Yesterday, the national Under-22 football team fell by the same scoreline to the same opponents in their SEA Games Group A opener at the Selayang Stadium in Kuala Lumpur. It was a tale of two halves for Richard Tardy's team, who probably showed their opponents a bit too much respect
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Myanmar maid jailed for mixing disinfectant into cereal drink of employer's mother-in-law

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Myanmar maid jailed for mixing disinfectant into cereal drink of employer's mother-in-law

- SINGAPORE - A Myanmar domestic worker, who was allegedly nagged by her employer's mother-in-law every day, decided she had had enough and wanted to leave. But instead of asking to be sent back home, she mixed Dettol disinfectant into a cup of cereal drink made by the 65-year-old, a district court heard. On Monday (Aug 14), Mya Thet Wai, 24, was sentenced to five months' jail after admitting to causing Madam Toh Sew Keok to drink the mixture on April 6 this year, knowing that it would likely cause hurt to her
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Singapore beaten 2-0 by Myanmar in SEA Games opener

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Singapore beaten 2-0 by Myanmar in SEA Games opener

- KUALA LUMPUR: The Singapore U-22 football team kicked off their 2017 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games campaign with a disappointing 2-0 defeat to Myanmar on Monday afternoon (Aug 14). A double from Myanmar striker Aung Thu has put a serious dent in Singapore's hopes of qualifying from their group and into the semi-finals. In a match played in slight rainy conditions at the Selayang stadium near Kuala Lumpur, the Lions started nervously, with many of their passes going astray
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Myanmar also ramps up troops in violence-wracked state - ASEAN/East Asia

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Myanmar also ramps up troops in violence-wracked state - ASEAN/East Asia

- Yangon: Myanmar is imposing new curfews and deploying fresh troops to Rakhine state, the government confirmed after the UN expressed alarm at reports of a military build-up in the region where authorities are accused of widespread rights abuses. News that an army battalion was flown into Rakhine this week to boost security was met with criticism from UN special rapporteur Yanghee Lee on Friday, who warned it was “cause for major concern”
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White Angels expect hell from Malaysia

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White Angels expect hell from Malaysia

- MYANMAR coach Gerd Zeise rates Malaysia as their strongest rivals in Group A of the Kuala Lumpur Sea Games football competition. The other teams in the group are Singapore, Brunei and Laos. Zeise, a German, is confident his team, known as the White Angels, will progress together with Malaysia to the semi-finals, "We cannot underestimate our rivals. Malaysia are a strong team
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Myanmar ramps up troops, curfews in violence-wracked Rakhine

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Myanmar ramps up troops, curfews in violence-wracked Rakhine

- YANGON (AFP) - Myanmar has moved hundreds of troops into northern Rakhine state as it ramps up counterinsurgency efforts there, officers told AFP on Saturday (Aug 12), after the UN voiced alarm over reports of a military build-up in the region. Rakhine has been gripped by violence since October last year when militants attacked police posts, sparking a bloody military crackdown that the UN believes may amount to ethnic cleansing of the Muslim minority Rohingya
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Myanmar ramps up troops, curfews in violence-wracked Rakhine

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Myanmar ramps up troops, curfews in violence-wracked Rakhine

- YANGON: Myanmar is imposing new curfews and deploying fresh troops to Rakhine state, the government confirmed Saturday (Aug 12), after the UN expressed alarm at reports of a military build-up in the region where authorities are accused of widespread rights abuses. News that an army battalion was flown into Rakhine this week to boost security was met with criticism from UN special rapporteur Yanghee Lee on Friday, who warned it was "cause for major concern"
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Myanmar sends hundreds of troops to Rakhine as tension rises - sources

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Myanmar sends hundreds of troops to Rakhine as tension rises - sources

- YANGON: Myanmar has sent hundreds of soldiers to beef up security in northwestern Rakhine state after a recent spate of killings, military sources said on Friday, fuelling fears of yet more violence and instability in the troubled region. Muslim-majority northern Rakhine was plunged into violence last October when Rohingya Muslim insurgents killed nine police, setting off a brutal counteroffensive beset by allegations of rape, killings and torture by government troops
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UN warns aid workers of rising Buddhist hostility in Western Myanmar

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UN warns aid workers of rising Buddhist hostility in Western Myanmar

- YANGON — The United Nations has warned aid workers in western Myanmar of rising hostility and imminent protests from troubled Rakhine state’s majority Buddhists, some of whom say humanitarian agencies are giving support to Rohingya Muslim militants. Reuters has obtained the text of a “precautionary security notification” distributed to the 300 or so UN staff and to international non-governmental organisations (INGOs) in Rakhine on Wednesday (Aug 9)
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UN warns aid workers of rising Buddhist hostility in western Myanmar

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UN warns aid workers of rising Buddhist hostility in western Myanmar

- YANGON: The United Nations has warned aid workers in western Myanmar of rising hostility and imminent protests from troubled Rakhine state's majority Buddhists, some of whom say humanitarian agencies are giving support to Rohingya Muslim militants. Reuters has obtained the text of a "precautionary security notification" distributed to the 300 or so U.N. staff and to international non-governmental organisations (INGOs) in Rakhine on Wednesday
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Myanmar seizes 20m pills in 'Golden Triangle' drug bust

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Myanmar seizes 20m pills in 'Golden Triangle' drug bust

- Myanmar authorities have seized 20 million meth tablets, 600,000 ecstasy pills and blocks of heroin in the heart of the drug-producing 'Golden Triangle', in what is believed to be the biggest haul of the year. Authorities raided four homes on Tuesday in Tachileik, a border town in Myanmar's Shan State next to Thailand and a regular sluice for drugs southwards to the big Southeast Asian market
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Pope Francis to highlight Rohingya plight in first papal visit to Burma

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Pope Francis to highlight Rohingya plight in first papal visit to Burma

- ACCORDING to Catholic media outlets, Pope Francis will undertake the first papal visit to Burma (Myanmar) in November, where he will focus on promoting the rights of the persecuted Rohingya Muslim community. While news of the papal visit has not been officially announced, leaks from sources in the Vatican have confirmed a planned historical visit to Burma and Bangladesh, reported the Union of Catholic Asian News on Monday
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Aung San Suu Kyi turns to state media amid fears for Myanmar's newly gained freedoms

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Aung San Suu Kyi turns to state media amid fears for Myanmar's newly gained freedoms

- MYAETINEKAN VILLAGE, MYANMAR (Reuters) - Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has turned to state-run media inherited from the former junta in an overhaul of her PR approach, after warnings her agenda is being swamped by crises and amid fears among rights groups of eroding free speech. The Nobel laureate came to power last year amid a transition from full military rule that has propelled her from political prisoner to the elected leader
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Suu Kyi touts peace efforts in visit to Myanmar heartland

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Suu Kyi touts peace efforts in visit to Myanmar heartland

- MYAETINEKAN VILLAGE: Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi told villagers at the heart of the country on Monday that talks with ethnic rebels must be a priority, after putting peace negotiations ahead of economic reforms in her first months in power. Suu Kyi inherited the long-running ethnic conflicts when she came to power last year amid a transition from decades of military rule that wrecked rural economies
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Fearful and desperate: Future for Rohingyas in Myanmar remains uncertain

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Fearful and desperate: Future for Rohingyas in Myanmar remains uncertain

- YANGON: She stood silently in a crowd of more than 20 people, as she cradled her two-year old child on her hip. But as Sarbeda heard others relay their stories to foreign journalists of how their husbands or sons have been arrested, she started to weep. That is when I asked why she was crying. Her experience of how her 14-year-old son was arrested brought a flood of tears
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  • Burma: Insect named after beloved naturalist David Attenborough
    Burma: Insect named after beloved naturalist David Attenborough

    , asiancorrespondent.com

    A NEWLY-IDENTIFIED, 100-million-year-old species of damselfly discovered in the Kachin State of Burma (Myanmar) has been named after iconic British broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough. Attenborough’s name was chosen for the creature – found preserved in an amber fossil from the mid-Cretaceous period when dinosaurs still roamed the earth – in honour of his recent 90 birthday and because of his passion for dragonflies
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Politics & Government

  • World Bank to loan $100 million to Myanmar Financial Development Project
    World Bank to loan $100 million to Myanmar Financial Development Project

    , mmtimes.com

    WORLD Bank and government representatives recently signed an agreement for a US$100 million (K134.9 billion) World Bank loan to the Myanmar Financial Development Project in mid-April. The representatives signed the loan for SDR71.700 million, which equals US$100 million, from the World Bank with low interest. Ulrich Zachan, country director for the World Bank, signed the financial agreement with the representative of the Treasury Department, under the Ministry of Planning and Finance, and the project agreement with the Central Bank representative for loan requests
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Sports

  • Indian National Football Team: Stephen Constantine announces 24-man squad for Cambodia and Myanmar matches
    Indian National Football Team: Stephen Constantine announces 24-man squad for Cambodia and Myanmar matches

    , goal.com

    Constantine's men are all set for a double header, including the AFC Asian Cup 2019 Qualifiers opener away at Myanmar... The Indian national team's 24-man squad has been announced for the matches against Cambodia and Myanmar to be held in the coming fortnight. While the international friendly against Cambodia is slated to be held at Phnom Penh on March 22, India hit the road again to face off against Myanmar on March 28 in their AFC Asian Cup 2019 Qualifiers opener
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Business

  • Gov’t to collect more commercial tax
    Gov’t to collect more commercial tax

    , mmtimes.com

    The National League for Democracy government will raise commercial tax collections to boost its coffers despite higher-than-expected tax revenues in 2016-17. During its first financial year in power, tax revenues were 10 percent higher than expected at K7.12 trillion compared to the original estimate of K6.51 trillion. But Myanmar still collects the least amount of taxes versus GDP in ASEAN (chart)
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Health

  • H1N1 flu outbreak kills two more in Myanmar - Regional
    H1N1 flu outbreak kills two more in Myanmar - Regional

    , thestar.com.my

    YANGON: Myanmar health officials said that two more people had died after contracting H1N1 influenza in the largest city, Yangon, a day after the government said more than a dozen people had contracted the virus known as swine flu. A pregnant woman and a man died at Yangon General Hospital on Monday, and lab tests later showed that they were both infected with H1N1, said Thinzar Aung, deputy director of the infectious diseases department at the Ministry of Health and Sport
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Family & Parenting

  • Myanmar maid jailed for mixing disinfectant into cereal drink of employer's mother-in-law
    Myanmar maid jailed for mixing disinfectant into cereal drink of employer's mother-in-law

    , straitstimes.com

    SINGAPORE - A Myanmar domestic worker, who was allegedly nagged by her employer's mother-in-law every day, decided she had had enough and wanted to leave. But instead of asking to be sent back home, she mixed Dettol disinfectant into a cup of cereal drink made by the 65-year-old, a district court heard. On Monday (Aug 14), Mya Thet Wai, 24, was sentenced to five months' jail after admitting to causing Madam Toh Sew Keok to drink the mixture on April 6 this year, knowing that it would likely cause hurt to her
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Society & Culture

  • Hundreds of Buddhists protest against aid agencies in Myanmar's Rakhine
    Hundreds of Buddhists protest against aid agencies in Myanmar's Rakhine

    , channelnewsasia.com

    YANGON: Hundreds of Buddhists took to the streets in western Myanmar on Sunday to protest against aid organisations they accuse of giving support to Muslim Rohingya militants, police and a protest leader said. Buddhist monks and members of the Rakhine ethnic group held demonstrations in 15 towns, including the Rakhine state capital of Sittwe, demanding that aid agencies leave the western state immediately, Htay Aung, a self-described leader of the protests, told Reuters by phone
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Religion & Spirituality

Entertainment & Arts

  • Rakhine documentary barred from film fest
    Rakhine documentary barred from film fest

    , thehindu.com

    Myanmar’s censors have barred a documentary on festering religious tensions between Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state, a film festival organiser said on Thursday, highlighting deep sensitivity over a conflict that has bedevilled Myanmar's new civilian government. The 18-minute documentary, titled Sittwe after Rakhine’s State capital, follows Buddhist and Muslim teenagers affected by the unrest that rippled through the region in 2012, displacing more than 100,000 people, mostly stateless Rohingya Muslims
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Education

  • First national law students conference to be held

    , mmtimes.com

    The first national law students conference of Myanmar will be hosted for law students from all universities in Myanmar on April 28, according to organiser Ko Kaung Myat Arkar from the Dagon university law students association. ‘’We aim to unite all law students in this conference and then try to become a member of Asian Law Students Association (ALSA). “A Myanmar student attended as an observer at their conference last year
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Farming

  • Agro ministry urges more seed production by private sector
    Agro ministry urges more seed production by private sector

    , mmtimes.com

    Good quality crop seeds are necessary for the development of Myanmar’s agricultural sector and officials say they will encourage production of diverse crops instead of just paddy. Deputy permanent secretary U Myo Tint Tun from the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation (MOALI) told The Myanmar Times on Monday that “seeds are being produced by state-run operations but demand is higher than supply
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Travel & Recreation

  • FDA crackdown on formalin-laced food in Yangon
    FDA crackdown on formalin-laced food in Yangon

    , mmtimes.com

    During a surprise check, officials from the Food and Drug Administration discovered several shops in Yangon selling food that contained illegal chemicals. According to the department, a variety of food from tofu, bean cakes, rice noodles contained formalin – a banned substance in food production. The surprise check was carried out on Wednesday night. About 7,000 red bean cakes that contained formalin was destroyed, but authorities were unable to nab the main supplier of the cakes
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Science & Nature

  • Thai and Myanmar soldiers prepare for climate crisis - Regional
    Thai and Myanmar soldiers prepare for climate crisis - Regional

    , thestar.com.my

    BANGKOK: The Royal Thai Army officers and their Myanmar counterparts are exchanging knowledge about emergency medical operations for climate change-triggered disaster mitigation during a joint training exercise at Ekatosarot Military Camp in Phitsanulok’s Muang district. Third Army Region Commander Lt-General Wijak Banpasop said yesterday during the opening ceremony that the two countries were very close neighbours with similar geographic characteristics and facing similar impacts from global climate change
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Law & Crime

  • Myanmar ramps up troops, curfews in violence-wracked Rakhine
    Myanmar ramps up troops, curfews in violence-wracked Rakhine

    , straitstimes.com

    YANGON (AFP) - Myanmar has moved hundreds of troops into northern Rakhine state as it ramps up counterinsurgency efforts there, officers told AFP on Saturday (Aug 12), after the UN voiced alarm over reports of a military build-up in the region. Rakhine has been gripped by violence since October last year when militants attacked police posts, sparking a bloody military crackdown that the UN believes may amount to ethnic cleansing of the Muslim minority Rohingya
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Life & Style

  • Myanmar's textile workers pay the price for Australia's fast fashion addiction
    Myanmar's textile workers pay the price for Australia's fast fashion addiction

    , abc.net.au

    Garment workers in Myanmar are struggling to cover everyday living costs while factory owners enjoy the surge in demand from the global fashion brands expanding into Australia. Ma Thae Thae Mar works at a textiles factory outside of Mandalay and earns the minimum wage of 3,600 kyat ($3.40) for an eight-hour working day. The daily rate just covers the cost of food for herself and her child
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Media & Information

  • Myanmar charges three journalists for meeting rebels, Suu Kyi govt defends tough action
    Myanmar charges three journalists for meeting rebels, Suu Kyi govt defends tough action

    , straitstimes.com

    YANGON (AFP) - Myanmar on Wednesday (June 28) charged three journalists for reporting on an armed ethnic group in a case that has fuelled alarm at the erosion of press freedom. Five men, including the trio, have now been transferred to Hsipaw prison in Shan State to await their first day in court, a police officer in the station said. They were charged under section one of the draconian Unlawful Associations Act, which carries a sentence of up to three years in prison
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