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Anti-Corruption Investigation of Finance Minister Nearly Complete

U Aung Kyi, chairman of Myanmar's Anti-Corruption Commission, said on Wednesday that the investigation of Union Minister for Planning and Finance U Kyaw Win for corruption is almost complete. "We have investigated witnesses and checked documents.

Aung La N Sang to defend ONE middleweight title vs. Ken Hasegawa in June

"The Burmese Python" has been booked to defend his ONE Championship middleweight title ONE: Spirit Of A Warrior on June 29 at the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar, officials announced Wednesday. Sang won the title last June in a rematch with Vitaly Bigdash via unanimous decision and his first challenger will be Ken Hasegawa , a star in Japan's DEEP promotion who will be making his ONE debut.

'Selling blood': Things that will shock you about travel in the '70s

Back in the 1970s, you learned a few things on ''the hippie trail'' that no backpacker today ever has to grapple with. Back in the 1970s, before Afghanistan imploded and the shah still sat on the throne in Iran, apart from a short flight into Rangoon and out the other side, you could travel from Singapore to London by land.

Military Officers Transferred Over Jade Mine Bribes, Killings in Rakhine

Two high-ranking military officers have been transferred to the military's auxiliary force for taking bribes from jade mines operating without a license in Kachin State's Hpakant Township. In 2016, the government announced that it would not renew the licenses of jade mining companies until it completed an environmental management plan for jade mining areas in Kachin State.

No Sex Please-We're Burmese

As The Irrawaddy is celebrating its silver jubilee, we revisit some of our magazine stories published over 25 years. Here is a cover story about prostitution from 2001.

Myanmar Judge Allows Documents Police Say Came from Reuters Reporters' Phones

A Myanmar judge on Tuesday allowed the submission of evidence police say they obtained from the mobile phones of two Reuters reporters arrested in December for alleged possession of secret documents, in what has become a landmark press freedom case. The court in Yangon has been holding hearings since January to decide whether Wa Lone, 32, and his Reuters colleague Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, will be charged under the colonial-era Official Secrets Act, which carries a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison.

'We have propaganda in our brain': A conversation on press freedom in Burma

A journalist poses during a protest by local media to demand the release of Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo in Pyaye on December 27, 2017. Source: Thiha Lwin/ AFP MENTION "Myanmar government" to Yin Yadanar Thein, the co-founder of Free Expression Myanmar , and she asks back: "Which government? The NLD , or the military?" The question captures the nature of politics in Burma some seven years into its transition following some six decades of authoritarian control, isolation and media repression in the Southeast Asian country of 53.4 million people.

Rohingya militants massacred Hindus in last year's turmoil: Amnesty

Hindus weep near the bodies of their family members in Ye Bauk Kyar village last September. They blame the massacre on Rohingya militants.

Drivers Fired After Alleged Beating by Ne Win's Grandsons Seek Compensation

Two bus drivers who were fired and allegedly beaten by two grandsons of former military dictator Ne Win have filed a complaint with the Yangon regional labor dispute arbitration body seeking financial compensation for their dismissal. U Aung Myat, who previously worked as a driver for Omni Focus YBS Co.

Illicit Drug Production Rages on in Conflict-torn Areas of Myanmar

Illicit drug production rages on in conflict-torn regions in Myanmar, with supplies being smuggled into nearby countries but also reaching as far as Australia, said the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime . Senior drug policy leaders from the Mekong region - Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam - and UNODC officials are in Naypyitaw to discuss the illicit drug situation in the region and to negotiate a new strategic plan.

Tour Operators Predict Drop in Arrivals This Year

Local tour operators say they expect foreign arrivals to decline this year with vacationers in Western countries canceling their bookings following the unrest in northern Rakhine State. "Some canceled their bookings after the Rakhine issue arose last September.

Garbage and the City

Yangon produces 2,387.12 tons of waste every day, or 0.41 kg for every man, woman and child living in the city, according to the Yangon City Development Committee. But with rampant littering across the city, the municipal body says it collects and sorts only 2,057 tons of the total via garbage trucks before unsorted organic and plastic waste is dumped at four landfill sites on the outskirts of the town.

Take concrete steps to ensure Rohingya rights

WORLD NEEDS TO CARE: Actor and Unicef Goodwill Ambassador Priyanka Chopra among Rohingya children at a refugee camp in Cox's Bazar yesterday. The Bollywood superstar, who arrived in Bangladesh on a four-day visit, in an Instagram post said, "These children are at the forefront of this humanitarian crisis, and they desperately need our help.

Yangon Residents Oppose $93M Development Plan, Cite Environmental Threats

Lawmakers and residents opposed the Yangon government's proposed development plan in the city's Mayangone Township, citing that the more than US$93 million project would pose environmental threats to the neighborhood. The Yangon regional government proposed 'Mayangon Villa,' a commercial and mixed development project in the township, to the regional Parliament early this month.

Myanmar judge to rule on evidence allegedly taken from Reuters reporters' phones

A Myanmar judge will rule on Tuesday whether to allow the submission of evidence police say they obtained from the mobile phones of two Reuters reporters arrested in December for alleged possession of secret documents. Detained Reuters journalist Wa Lone leaves the court handcuffed, in a police vehicle, after a hearing in Yangon, Myanmar May 21, 2018.

Government Invites Expressions of Interest In Elevated Expressway Project

The Union government has invited expressions of interest from local and foreign companies to develop Yangon's first elevated tollway. The announcement stated that the Ministry of Construction together with the Yangon regional government would develop the 47.5km expressway through a public-private partnership .

Tackle graft, governance to stem 'Golden Triangle' meth trade: United Nations

The US$40 billion a year meth trade is entering markets far beyond the "Golden Triangle" as gangs take advantage of corrupt law enforcement and border controls. YANGON: "Golden Triangle" countries must address corruption and collaborate more closely to tackle record meth production and the gangs who traffick the drug across Southeast Asia and beyond, the UN said Monday .

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