Activists Protest Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s London ‘Freedom’ Award
Activists and refugees demonstrated as State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was presented with the Freedom of the City of London award on Monday, calling the recognition “disappointing” in light of ongoing abuses against ethnic and religious minorities, journalists and rights activists in Burma.
— The Irrawaddy
Titan Petrochemicals getting into Myanmar
Titan Petrochemicals is getting into the Myanmar market, co-investing with a China state-owned company.
— Seatrade Maritime News
CITIC eyes strategic Myanmar port
A Chinese consortium aims to take a stake of up to 85 percent in a strategically important sea port in Myanmar, according to documents reviewed by Reuters, which could heighten tensions over China’s growing economic clout in the country.
— Global Times
CBM plans to decrease loan interest rates
Central Bank of Myanmar will start working to reduce the loan interest rates based on the degree of the risk of loss, said Set Aung, CBM vice governor.
Rangoon’s Water Taxis set for June Launch
The chairwoman of a company set to provide water taxi services on Rangoon’s rivers next month has reassured people that the service will be safe and efficient amid criticisms that the project lacks transparency.
— The Irrawaddy
Yangon to hold int’l art exhibition
A five-day international art exhibition is being held at New Treasure Art Gallery in Yangon with the aim of exchanging culture between Myanmar and international artists.
13 die in car accidents every day in Myanmar
About 13 people die in car accidents in Myanmar daily and hospitalization and death rates are at the top of the lists compared to other cases, said orthopedic specialist and Professor Dr Zaw Wai Soe, dean of Yangon University of Medicine-1.
Distillery factories to be closed temporarily for dumping
The amount of waste water from the industrial zone in the south of Mandalay is more than the permitted amount leading authorities to close distillery factories directly pumping into the Ayeyawaddy River.
Fight to control chainsaws could turn tide on illegal logging
Fresh off a one-year ban on logging, Myanmar faces an uphill battle enforcing a new chainsaw registration law.
— Frontier Myanmar
National reconciliation key in Myanmar’s development: ADB
While most of the Japanese people are enjoying five days of Golden Week holidays, areas around Pacifico Yokohama have been busy with people from around the world on business.
— Myanmar Times
Unilever forms Myanmar JV for home and personal care products
Consumer goods maker Unilever signed a joint venture deal with Myanmar’s Europe and Asia Commercial Co Ltd (EAC), combining their home and personal care businesses to accelerate sales in a newly emerging market.
High transportation charges render watermelon growers loss-making
Some watermelon growers from Tatkon Township, Nay Pyi Taw suffer from hundred thousands of loss this year with the unfavourable watermelon market condition, said the watermelon growers.
— Global New Light Of Myanmar
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