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By   ‘Global New Light of Myanmar’ to Launch in September

The Burmese government mouthpiece will become a joint venture and transform into “a free and public centered media,” the information minister says.

By   Evicted

The predawn demolition of six villages in early February sends 200 villagers on an unlikely odyssey—and puts a spotlight on a national epidemic of land

By   UN Burma Envoy Worried Over Displaced Muslims

The new UN human rights envoy for Burma makes her first visit to the country, where she toured troubled Arakan State.

By   Opponents Seek to Halt Dam Construction on Salween River

Activists, researchers and environmentalists from Burma and Thailand meet to find a way to stop hydropower dams planned on Burma’s section of the Salween River.

By   The Irrawaddy Business Roundup (July 26, 2014)

Oordeoo names a date for long-awaited SIM card sales, Bangkok Airways plans Chiang Mai-Burma routes and Tay Za gets a write up in Forbes magazine.

By   Environmental Impact Study on Thilawa 2nd Phase Due in October

Consultants for the Japan-backed Thilawa SEZ near Rangoon say the environmental impact assessment of the project’s second phase is due for release in October.

By   Information on Responsible Business Practices Largely Absent: Survey

Most Burmese companies provide little to no information on whether they have policies on responsible business practices, a survey among 60 major firms found.

By   Burma’s Leading Private Banks to Raise Saving Rates

Bankers say competition in the market is increasing, but they will only raise interest for savers by 0.25 percent from August 1.

By   India’s Modi Under Fire for Silence Over Religious Incidents

Prime Minister Narendra Modi faces criticism for remaining silent about incidents deemed anti-Muslim, underscoring fears his Hindu nationalist followers will upset religious relations in India.

By   Sri Lankan Asylum Seekers Arrive in Australia After Weeks Held at Sea

A group of Sri Lankan asylum seekers held at sea by Australian authorities for almost a month arrive at a detention camp on mainland Australia.

By   Battered and Broke, Vietnam Fishermen Bear Brunt of China Row

Vietnamese fishermen say they have been caught in the crossfire of a territorial dispute between Beijing and Hanoi.

By   UN Panel Tells Japan to Compensate ‘Comfort Women’

South Korea has accused Japan of going back on an earlier apology for forcing women into brothels before and during World War Two.

By   ‘Time for an Energy Boost’

The government should encourage local players in the booming energy sector, says U Ken Tun of Parami.

By   ‘The Plane Crash Has Caused a Change in the Global Political Landscape’

In the latest edition of Dateline Irrawaddy, panelists talk about the implications of the shooting down of flight MH17 over Ukraine on July 17.

By   ‘The Shift From Offline to Online’

A cofounder of property portal Lamudi explains how the Internet penetration rate affects his business in Burma, and his plans for expansion in the future.

By   ‘Pressure on the Press’

On this week’s Dateline Irrawaddy, journalists discuss a backsliding of press freedoms in Burma, including the imprisonment of journalists for 10 years with hard labor.

By   Can Meditation Really Slow Aging?

Is there real science in the spiritualism of meditation? Elizabeth Blackburn, a Nobel Prize-winning biochemist in the United States, thinks so.

By   Portraits of Burma’s Independence Hero

An art exhibition to honor Gen. Aung San opens on Saturday, the 67th anniversary of the independence hero’s assassination by a political rival in Rangoon.

By   Burmese Workers Still Manning Thai Dream Island

On the upmarket resort island of Ko Tao, about 70 percent of workers in the tourism industry hail from southern Burma.

By   In West Burma, Ancient City Needs Care: Activists

In Mrauk U, a campaign is under way to preserve religious edifices that date back to Arakanese kingdoms but have been neglected for years.

By   Germany’s World Cup Party Gets Underway at Home

Mario Goetze’s goal late in extra time gave the Germans victory over Argentina to win the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

By   Dutch Crash Out of World Cup, Argentina Face Germany in Final

Argentina reached the World Cup final, beating the Netherlands 4-2 on penalties after a scoreless semi-final. On Sunday, they play Germany in the finals.

By   Brazil’s Defense Goes Missing in Embarrassing Defeat

Germany thrashes the host nation, Brazil, 7-1 to go through to the World Cup final, where it will play either Argentina or the Netherlands.

By   Portugal Grab World Cup Lifeline, Belgium Reach Last 16

Portugal scores a dramatic stoppage-time equalizer to secure a 2-2 draw against the United States as Belgium books a place in the last 16.