The Irrawaddy - Burma, Myanmar News
By   Unflattering Photos of MPs Get Reporters Banned from Parliament

Burma’s Union legislature indefinitely bans reporters from observing sessions after a series of embarrassing images goes viral on social media.

By   Interfaith Marriage Bill Passes Upper House With Prison Sentence Curbs

Parliament’s Upper House passes an amended bill covering interfaith marriages, with lawmakers voting to reduce prison sentences that were proposed by the legislature’s lower chamber.


Around 300 people joined a protest in Rangoon on Wednesday to call for an end to international pressure on Burma over the Bay of Bengal

By   Boycotting Election Would Not be Practical: NLD

Representatives of Burma’s leading opposition party say it will not boycott a highly anticipated general election scheduled for later this year.

By   Limit Set as First Pseudo-Credit Cards Are Issued

After giving its approval for local banks to issue quasi-credit cards, the Central Bank of Myanmar sets a maximum withdrawal limit of 5 million kyats.

By   The Irrawaddy Business Roundup (May 23, 2015)

Oordeoo management shuffle, mobile app seeks finance in London, Telenor to build 700 new mobile towers, and tourist hotel planned for Chin State capital .

By   Parliament to Discuss Postponing Mobile ‘Top-Up Tax’

Parliament will consider delaying a tax on Burma’s cellphone users due to go into effect next month, after a lawmaker asked to revisit the plan.

By   Gap Apparel Production Triples During First Year in Burma

American retailer Gap Inc. has nearly tripled the output of its two Rangoon factories within its first year, according to a company spokeswoman.

By   China to Extend Military Reach, Build Lighthouses in Disputed Waters

China outlines a strategy to boost its naval reach and holds a groundbreaking ceremony for two lighthouses in disputed waters of the South China Sea.

By   Singapore’s Foreign Maids Exploited by Agents, Employers

Reports of domestic workers being burned, beaten and raped have sparked outrage in Asia, which has the largest share of the world's domestic workers.

By   Malaysian Police Reveal Grim Secrets of Jungle Trafficking Camps

Malaysian police forensic teams begin digging up the remains of dozens of suspected trafficking victims from shallow graves at a jungle camp near Thai border.

By   Southeast Asia Maritime Build-Up Accelerates, Raising Risks in Disputed Seas

Southeast Asian nations bolster their navies amid rising tensions in the South China Sea, raising the risk that any confrontation in the waterway could spiral.

By   ‘There Must Be a Balance Between Conservation and Development’

On this week’s edition of Dateline Irrawaddy, the panel focuses on urban planning in Rangoon and the arguments for a conservation management plan to protect

By   ‘The Government Needs to Look out for Local Companies’

Nyo Myint, senior managing director of KBZ Group of Companies, speaks with The Irrawaddy about the challenges and prospects of the insurance industry in Burma.

By   ‘The Wa Region Really Looks Like Its Own Country’

On this week’s Dateline Irrawaddy, our journalists discuss their recent trip to little-known Wa Special Region, where ethnic groups recently discussed peace talks with Naypyidaw.

By   ‘They Could Sue Me If They Think They Are Right’

Elected to the Yangon City Development Committee’s central council last year, Khin Hlaing has been an outspoken critic of five development projects in the vicinity


For Naw Eh Wah and her handmade jewelry shop Amazing Grace, a kind of affirmative action dictates the hiring process.

By   Returned Fisherman’s 10 Years of Indonesian Misery

After failing his matriculation exam and a fight with his parents, Myan Myo Myint ran away from home. He wouldn’t see his family again for

By   Nargis Hero Wins Florence Nightingale Medal

Hatgyi Island nurse Sa Naing Naing Tun last week received long overdue recognition for his courageous actions during the Nargis disaster.

By   Beaten, Jailed, Bailed: Letpadan Crackdown Victim’s Harrowing Ordeal

The photo of 16-year-old Aung Min Khaing desperately fleeing a dozen baton-wielding police officers has become the defining image of the crackdown on student protesters

By   Megafight Numbers Add up to New Sporting Landscape

Sin City is abuzz over a megafight that will generate millions and reshape the sport business landscape

By   Southeast Asian Olympics Possible After IOC Reforms: Indonesia

Indonesia is optimistic about bringing the Olympics to Southeast Asia in collaboration with one of their neighbors.

By   Burma Hold Malaysia in Rain-Delayed Suzuki Cup Clash

Underdogs Burma held 10-man Malaysia to a goalless draw in a bad-tempered opening Suzuki Cup Group B match.


Burma’s Under-19 national team beats the United Arab Emirates in the AFC Asian Cup, qualifying for the U-20 World Cup for the first time ever.