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China to extend highway cargo link to southeast Asia

A regular road cargo service between southwest China's Chongqing Municipality and Bangkok will start operations in July, local authorities said. Chongqing has planned three routes to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations , according to the Chongqing municipal transportation authorities.

Myanmar to hold peace music festival to support national reconciliation

Myanmar is making preparations for a nationwide and months-long Peace Music Festival starting the first week of July to support the country's national reconciliation and peace efforts, a statement of the Myanmar Radio and Television said Sunday. The Peace Music Festival, jointly organized by the MRTV, Forever Group and Shwe Than Lwin Co, comprises singing competitions for the best peace-related songs.

Dateline Irrawaddy: Govt 'Has Done Nothing' for Independent Ethnic Media

Ye Ni: Welcome to Dateline Irrawaddy! The role of ethnic media is important in Myanmar, which is a multiethnic country. This week, founder and chief editor of Arakanese media Narinjara News Agency U Khaing Myat Kyaw and ethnic Kachin reporter Ma Nan Lwin Pwint of The Irrawaddy join me to discuss ethnic media.

Maung Moe Thu Dances With Colors

In his advanced years, Moe Thu, better known by his penname of Maung Moe Thu, has already become inseparable from his walking stick, but is still dancing-on canvas. The 80-year-old's solo exhibition "Dancing with Colors" is being held at the Myanmar Art Center Gallery in Chin Chaung Nandaw-Chin Chaung Palace-in Yangon's Bahan Township from June 24-26.

Myanmar to host 3rd Asia-Pacific water forum

Myanmar will host the 3rd Asia-Pacific Water forum in Nay Pyi Taw on Dec. 11-12 to seek ways of management of water resources, Myanmar News Agency reported Friday. Vice President U Henry Van Thio, who is also Chairman of the National Water Resources Committee, called for support of the work of the committee in continuing the rain water harvesting, mitigating flooding and inundation, and controlling water pollution.

Diver Dies From Injuries in Military Plane Crash Search

A diver who was injured in the search for the crashed Y-8 military aircraft died on Thursday evening, according to the Facebook page of the office of the commander-in-chief of Myanmar's military. U Saw Naing of Ana-Wa-Min diving service from Yangon's Dala Township joined the Tatmadaw in order to find the plane, which crashed in the Andaman Sea on June 7. However, U Saw Naing and his colleague from the service, U Thant Zin Oo, was placed in an intensive care unit at the military hospital in Yangon's Mingaladon Township after experiencing problems with the change in pressure.

Sacked Factory Workers Plan Yangon City Hall Protest

Workers from a garment factory in Mingaladon Industrial Zone opposing the firing of more than 400 employees this month will protest outside Yangon City Hall on Saturday. About 1,500 workers of the factory run by Honeys Garment Industry Ltd will join the rally, according to its organizers.

Myanmar's Muslims mark Ramadan out in the cold

Dozens of Muslims stand in line at a mosque under umbrellas during a monsoon downpour in Yangon waiting for a small portion of rice and curry to break their fast during the holy month of Ramadan. YANGON: Huddled under umbrellas to escape a thundering monsoon downpour, dozens of Muslims stood in line at a Yangon mosque for a small portion of rice and curry to break their Ramadan fast.

Dead Irrawaddy Dolphin Found in Mandalay Region

Local fishermen found the dead body of an Irrawaddy dolphin near Madaya Township's Thone Sae Pay village in Mandalay Region on Wednesday, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society . "After studying the body, we found it was a 30-year-old male with no injuries, so we took the cause of death to be old age," said deputy project manager of WCS U Kyaw Hla Thein, adding that the dolphin probably died a few days before it was discovered.

Yangon Govt Bans 66(d) Opposition Signature Campaign Near Military Command

The Yangon divisional government banned a signature campaign organized by journalists to oppose Article 66 of the Telecommunication Law that was going to be held near Yangon Region Military Command, stating that the area was restricted for national security concerns. A letter from the government came after organizers were previously pressured to change the venue to a location in the same township but away from military command.

30 Thai SMEs seek partners in Myanmar

WITH THE Asean Economic Community opening up the region, representatives of 30 Thai small and medium-sized enterprises visited Myanmar from Monday to Wednesday to seek out local partners. Kitsana Vachekrilas, treasurer of the Thai Chamber of Commerce and managing director of Bua Thong Thani Management Co, said in an exclusive interview that all the Thai participants were satisfied with their business trip, as they expected to find partners to help them distribute their products in Myanmar.

UN: Myanmar Must Enable Women's Entry Into the Workforce

Myanmar needs to realize the potential of women and enable their entry into the labor market in order to generate economic growth driven by a "gender dividend," said the United Nations Population Fund on Thursday. The UN said the conclusion was based on the findings from a series of 14 papers from the 2014 Myanmar Population and Housing Census Thematic Report, which examines the total labor force participation rate of both men and women.

CSOs Oppose Karen State Coal-fired Power Plant

Nearly 150 civil society organizations across the country denounced a coal-fired power plant project in Karen State's Hpa-an Township as a state minister confirmed plans for 11 new plants with an aim to source 33 percent of Myanmar's energy consumption from coal by 2030. "According to the energy ministry, the country's electricity consumption is increasing by 14 percent per year," said U Soe Hlaing, electricity and industry minister of Karen State, confirming plans for new plants in Yangon and Irrawaddy regions and Karen State.

Myanmar forces kill 3 Rohingya militants: State media

Yangon: Myanmar security forces have killed three people in raids on "terrorist" training camps run by Rohingya Muslim militants in the north of Rakhine state, state media reported on Thursday. Guns, ammunition and gunpowder were found at the camps in the Mayu Mountains, part of a remote strip of land on the northwest border that is mainly home to the persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority.

Market Day in Shan State's Thandaung Village

The five-day market rotating around Shan State's Inle Lake area is famous for its rustic, bustling scenes, as tradespeople of different ethnic backgrounds, including Intha and Pa-O, migrate daily from one site to another to sell their produce and ware. While several lakeside villages such as Indein, Nampan, Thaung Tho and Khaung Daing host the market, the main five places are in Nyaung Shwe , Heho, Taunggyi, Maing Thauk and Shwe Nyaung.

Yoga practitioners pause to stretch and pose for int'l event

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, foreground center, performs yoga with thousands of Indians to mark international yoga day in Lucknow, India, Wednesday, June 21, 2017.

MPT upgrades to LTE-A a month after launching LTE

The platform uses 4 4 multiple-input, multiple-output (4 4 noted that Bago, Taunggyi, Mawlamyaine, Monywa and Pathein are set to be covered by the end of July, whilst the number of cities within the coverage area will surpass 20 by the end of August, rising to more than 30 a month later.

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