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  • Int’l Passenger Flights Likely Banned Until October: Myanmar Vice-President
    Friday, July 10, 2020 - 19:30

    YANGON—Myanmar Vice-President Henry Van Thio says the country is unlikely to open to international commercial passenger flights until October.

    At a meeting of the National Tourism Development Central Committee on Tuesday, the vice-president said that airports are expected to resume operati...

    https://www.irrawaddy.com/news
  • Efforts to Fix Myanmar’s Deadly Jade Mine Issue Face Obstacles
    Friday, July 10, 2020 - 06:00

    YANGON—A recent landslide in the Hpakant jade mine region of Kachin State killed at least 172 prospectors, injured more than 50 and left more than two dozen people missing. According to the Kachin State government, there were 19 landslides in Hpakant and Lone Kin in 2019, resulting in 94 deaths....

    The Irrawaddy
  • Invitation for pre-qualification
    Saturday, June 20, 2020 - 01:00

    Applications are invited for the design, supply, installation, esting and commissioning of a Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) power plant.

    Electric Power Generation Enterprise, Myanmar
  • JICA provides 5 billion JPY low-cost financing to SMEs under a new emergency program -
    Monday, June 1, 2020 - 23:15

    The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is providing 5 billion JPY (approx. 64 billion MMK) low-cost financing with terms and conditions favorable to SMEs to support the continuation of their business activities amid the severe economic situation caused by COVID-19. This emergency progr...

    JICA (Japan International Cooerating Agemcy) Myanmar
  • Huge fentanyl haul seized in Asia's biggest-ever drugs bust
    Wednesday, May 20, 2020 - 05:30

    Myanmar police say they have seized a huge haul of liquid fentanyl - the first time the dangerous synthetic opioid that is ravaging North America has been found in Asia’s Golden Triangle drug-producing region.

    In a sign that Asia’s drug syndicates have moved into the lucrative opioid marke...

    The Telegraph/Yahoo News
  • Myanmar to launch its first satellite in 2021 with Japan's help
    Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - 19:30

    YANGON -- Myanmar plans to launch its first satellite in 2021, using Japanese technology. Engineers and researchers in the country will develop an ultrasmall satellite and launch it into Earth orbit with the help of Japan's Hokkaido University and Tohoku University.

    The satellite will be a...

    Nikkei Asian Review (11 May 2020)
  • Myanmar to Receive $2B in COVID-19 Relief from Int’l Development Organizations
    Monday, May 11, 2020 - 18:15

    11 May 2020 YANGON—Myanmar is set to receive around US$2 billion from international development organizations to implement its COVID-19 Economic Relief Plan (CERP), which seeks to mitigate the economic impact...

    Irrawaddy
  • Myanmar Govt to Probe Fatal Shooting of WHO Driver Transporting COVID-19 Swabs
    Wednesday, April 29, 2020 - 22:15

    By ZARNI MANN 29 April 2020

    MANDALAY—The Myanmar government on Tuesday announced the formation of an investigation committee to probe the death of a World Health Organization (WHO) driver who was killed in a shooting in Rakhine State.

    The WHO vehicle transporting swabs taken from 20...

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  • Myanmar Central Bank Cuts Rates by Another 1.5 Percentage Points Amid COVID-19 Slowdown
    Wednesday, April 29, 2020 - 17:30

    By THE IRRAWADDY 28 April 2020

    YANGON—The Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) has cut its key interest rates by a further 1.5 percentage points as the global COVID-19 pandemic continues to take a toll on the country’s economy.

    This is the third time the CBM has reduced rates since it anno...

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  • Almost 25,000 to be freed under Myanmar prisoner amnesty
    Saturday, April 18, 2020 - 03:15

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar announced Friday that it was releasing almost 25,000 prisoners under a presidential amnesty marking this week's traditional New Year celebration.

    The release for the Thingyan holiday was announced in a statement from President Win Myint's office. Mass amnesti...

    Yahoo news/AP