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Rangoon’s Hummingbird, a new restaurant in Lanmadaw Township, may still be a bit rough around the edges, but the fare is well refined.

The Irrawaddy Business Roundup (Mar. 28, 2015)

Japan’s Wacoal expected to open at Thilawa, MAI flags European routes, ADB calls for education shakeup and more.

Police arrest at least eight protesters as students and activists hit the streets across Burma demanding the release of those detained following the Letpadan crackdown.

Make Multilingual Education a Priority: Linguistic Experts

Linguistic experts call for the safeguarding of ethnic minority languages and for multilingual education in both primary and secondary schools, following a seminar in Rangoon.

Info Minister Dodges Call to Free Imprisoned Journalists

Imprisoned journalists should take their cases to the Supreme Court, Burma’s Minister of Information Ye Htut tells an international press freedom summit.

Built by hundreds of local artisans for the anniversary of Shwe Taung Sar Pagoda in Dawei, the gigantic bell’s donors include Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing.

During Burma’s annual Armed Forces Day celebrations, Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing warns that threats to influence voters will not be tolerated ahead of national elections.

Thai Junta Targets Dissent with Visits to Student Activist Homes

Plainclothes police and military officers have visited the homes of at least 20 student protesters across Thailand in the past week.

Modi Puts Brakes on India’s Universal Health Plan

Indian PM Narendra Modi has asked for a drastic cutback of an ambitious health care plan, delaying a key promise made in his election manifesto.

US Isolated as Allies Join China’s Regional Bank

US resistance to an Asian regional bank has given some heft to China’s complaints that Washington wants to contain its rise as a world power.

‘Signing the Ceasefire Does Not Mean Achieving Peace’

The Irrawaddy’s Editor in Chief Aung Zaw speaks with Gen. Gun Maw of the Kachin Independence Army about recent conflicts and Burma’s prospects for peace.

Penniless and Prosecuted, a Veteran Soldiers On

Eking out a meager pensioned existence, veteran Thein Hla Aung finds that the army he served for 24 years is intent on confiscating his home.

Former Burma Supremo Seen in Rare Photo With Granddaughter

Burma’s former supremo Than Shwe has not been seen in public since 2011, but on Thursday a new image of him appeared on Facebook.

China Says Probing if More Burmese Bombs Strayed Over Border

China’s Defense Ministry said on Thursday that it is investigating whether more stray bombs had fallen in Chinese territory during fighting between Burma’s government and rebels, after five people were killed earlier this month.

Govt Plan on Office Space for Political Parties Moves Forward

Burma’s government offers to lease and sell rooms for Rangoon party offices to more than one-third of the country’s 71 registered political parties.

Army Helped Firm Grab Land From Shan State Minorities, Investigation Finds

The Burma Army and Shan State authorities colluded with rubber companies in seizing swathes of land from ethnic minority villagers, a Global Witness investigation finds.

Upper House Approves Education Law Amendments

After four hours of debate and some significant changes to the draft law, MPs have sent the bill to the Lower House for consideration.

No OK for NLD’s ‘Anti-Fascist Resistance Day’ Celebration

Permission to celebrate Armed Forces Day is withheld from the National League for Democracy, apparently over its insistence on calling March 27 “Anti-Fascist Resistance Day.”

Trade Deficit, Salary Rises Set to Push Up Consumer Prices: Economists

The government’s dramatic salary increase and a fivefold increase in the trade deficit will push inflation rates above GDP growth, according to forecasts.

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