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Myanmar vice president calls for cooperation to eradicate child labor as national duty

Myanmar's First Vice President U Myint Swe has called for cooperation to eradicate child labor and implement it as a national duty, saying that the project of its kind involves everybody, Myanmar News Agency reported Tuesday. All are to actively coordinate and discuss the setup of future work of the project to eradicate child labor in Myanmar, U Myint Swe told a coordination meeting of the Myanmar National Committee on Child Labor Eradication, led by himself, in Nay Pyi Taw Monday.



Army, Police Raid Drug Labs in Northern Shan State

Soldiers and anti-narcotics police raided illegal narcotics labs in the Lwalkhan village area of Kutkai Township and seized amphetamines, precursor ingredients and drug-making equipment valued at 9.96 billion kyat, the Defense Ministry said yesterday.



Rakhine Gov't Blames Misunderstanding for Complaints Over Waterside Project

Sittwe-Following complaints from people who bought land at a new waterfront city project west of Rakhine State's capital Sittwe, the state government said that its project partner, BXT Co, had sold the plots without its permission because it did not understand the procedures. "The company doesn't understand the procedures.



Myanmar seizes drugs and equipment worth US$7 million in lab raid

YANGON: Myanmar troops seized US$7 million worth of narcotics, precursors and equipment in a raid on drug labs in the restive north, the army said Monday , as it continues a war against ethnic rebels accused of profiting from the drug trade. Soldiers and local officials found 259kg of crystal methamphetamine and 120kg of opium in a sweep of the illicit drugs factory spread across 34 buildings near Lwalkhan, a village in war-hit Shan state near the Chinese border.



Are geopolitics, trade and human rights compatible enemies?

Europe cannot turn a blind eye to the human rights abuses occurring in third countries, unless we rewrite the mandates of the functioning of the EU institutions and the Treaty, writes MEP Tomas Zdechovsky. Trade has been central to developing and strengthening relationships with others, in order to establish good governance, sustainable development and the protection of human rights.



IRRI workshop focuses on irrigation, ag development in Myanmar

A workshop aiming to make irrigated agriculture more profitable was presented by the Myanmar Department of Agriculture , together with the International Rice Research Institute for the World Bank-funded Agriculture Development Support Project . The project's other goals include diversifying, creating sustainability through participatory planning, improve management approaches and increase irrigation options.



Myanmar farmers going against the grain with apps

A free app on farmer San San Hla's smartphone is her new weapon in the war against the dreaded stem borer moth that blighted her rice paddy in southern Myanmar for the last two years. As she watches her workers haul in this year's harvest, the 35-year-old is in a triumphant mood, ascribing her victory over the seasonal scourge to advice received via the app about effective pesticide use.



OPINION: Chinese filmmakers ready to cash in on Lunar New Year

Last year, the industry earned over $500 million over the holiday, and hopes are high that a new slate of locally produced action, comedy and animated films will strike gold again. In 2017, China's total box office grew 30 percent in dollar terms, to $8.6 billion.



5 more TV channels to be introduced in Myanmar

Five more private group companies have signed a cooperation agreement with the state-run Myanmar Radio and Television to operate as content providers for digital free-to-air TV channels in a multi-playout system of MRTV, Myanmar News Agency reported Sunday. The five content providers - Mizzima, DVB, Fortune, KMA and My Multi Media will soon be providing viewers in months with a wider variety of information, views and entertainment programs, the report quoted Minister of Information Pe Myint as saying.



Myanmar general given royal honour

Myanmar army commander-in-chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing has received a second royal decoration from Thailand, with Supreme Commander Thanchaiyan Srisuwan commenting that this marks the close relationship between the two countries' armed forces. Privy Council president Gen Prem Tinsulanonda also praised Gen Min Aung Hlaing as the Myanmar army chief visited him at his Si Sao Thewes Residence yesterday.



Chinese film festival kicks off in Myanmar's Yangon

Sponsored by the Chinese Embassy in Myanmar, the festival activities were being launched in 12 regions and states including Nay Pyi Taw and Mandalay since Friday and will last until Feb. 22. Four Chinese movies - Xuan Zang, Kung Fu Yoga, Detective Chinatown and Go Away Mr. Tumor will be screened in respective cinemas, dubbed with Myanmar voice. Speaking at the opening ceremony, Myanmar Information Minister Pe Myint praised the technology and materials equipped in Chinese movies and expressed belief that the festival would enhance cultural exchanges between China and Myanmar.



In Pictures: Millions celebrate Lunar New Year

Incense sticks of various sizes were placed into an urn at a temple in Kandal, Cambodia, to mark the start of the Lunar New Year. According to Chinese astrology, anyone born in the Year of the Dog will be loyal and forthright with a keen sense of justice, but also stubborn, irritable and easily angered.



Transnational Terrorism and ARSA's Fight for a 'Just Cause'

Sitting in their dilapidated ground floor apartment near the Indian city of Ghaziabad, Khalimullah and Faizal were discussing the fate of more than 700,000 Rohingya living in the Cox's Bazar refugee camps in Bangladesh when they were distracted by the television. There was news of a Jan. 5 ambush by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army on Myanmar security forces in Rakhine State.



The Tiger Balm story: ointment Chinese rubbed on for every ailment

The Tiger Balm story: how ointment for every ailment was created, fell out of favour, then found new generation of users Analgesic balm in a hexagonal jar, launched in Rangoon by the Aw brothers in 1924, was a staple of Chinese families' medicine cabinets for a generation; today, Tiger Balm products have fans around the world, including Lady Gaga You get a strong whiff of it before you see it. Approaching the nondescript factory block in a suburban estate on the edge of Singapore, you are hit by the invigorating aroma of menthol and camphor.



Construction Plan for New Police Regimental Base Causes Rohingya to Flee

The border police force in northern Rakhine State's Buthidaung township is preparing to build a new regimental base on nearly 600 acres of farmland that belonged to Rohingya residents of Ale Chaung village, sources confirmed to The Irrawaddy on Friday. At least two police majors verified the controversial project.



To mark the arrival of the iconic A380 to Birmingham International...

To mark the arrival of the iconic A380 to Birmingham International Airport, Emirates are giving away a fantastic holiday to Dubai! On Easter Sunday 27th March, Emirates will fly the first daily A380 flight from Birmingham International Airport to Dubai, bringing the iconic and much loved A380 to Birmingham. This will be the first time the world's largest passenger jet will fly to and from the Midlands region.



Reporters in Handcuffs: An Emblem for Our Times

It's a pathetic sight: a journalist being led away in handcuffs for doing his or her job. It's also a source of shame for a democracy to have journalists going to jail for gathering information.





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