All roads lead to Yangon

By Kalimullah Hassan
February 26, 2012
 KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 26 — Many, many months ago, I looked sceptically at Tan Sri Hassan Marican when he told me that Myanmar would, in the near future, be one of the strong Asian economies “if they put their minds to it”. Sensing my scepticism, Hassan asked if I had been to Myanmar before. At that time, it was the only ASEAN country I had yet to visit.

INSIGHT-India’s Wild East unprepared for new Myanmar

By Satarupa Bhattacharjya and Frank Jack Daniel

MOREH, India, Feb 22 (Reuters) – As dusk falls on a lonely police station in the eastern tip of India, a young policeman nervously keeps an eye on the Arakan hills above him, dotted with poppy fields.

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UN launches first World Interfaith Harmony Week

1 February 2011 –

The United Nations launched the first World Interfaith Harmony Week today with a broad range of activities around the world, including interfaith breakfasts, film screenings and talks featuring the active participation of civil society, UN entities and other intergovernmental organizations.

Reuters:Myanmar eyes skytrain, underground for biggest city – minister

Feb 15 (Reuters) – Myanmar’s is in talks with foreign companies with a view to building elevated and underground train systems for the commercial capital Yangon, the country’s rail transport minister said on Wednesday

“We are now talking with international companies for the construction of both a skytrain and underground train system for the commercial capital Yangon,” the minister, Aung Min, told Reuters in an interview.

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The Nation:Burma to introduce e-visa system

The e-visa system will be available from March and would allow international visitors to apply for a visa from anywhere via the Internet before visiting Burma. The liberalisation of visa procedures is likely to facilitate another jump in tourist arrivals in 2012. Total arrivals to Burma last year were 816,369.

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atimes.com:The master plan for Myanmar

By Bertil Lintner

BANGKOK – Myanmar is winning more foreign friends while international criticism of the current and previous government’s abysmal human rights records has all but ceased. Old adversaries in the United States and European Union have scrapped – or are planning to scrap – economic sanctions against the regime, and big-time multinational companies are preparing to lunge into what many seems to believe is Asia’s last investment frontier.

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rendezvous.blogs:Perfect Timing for ‘The Lady’ Perfect Timing for ‘The Lady’

HONG KONG — There’s one thing you can say about the Asian release of “The Lady,” the new film about Aung San Suu Kyi — they got the timing right.

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