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Observers Lukewarm on Thein Sein, Suu Kyi Dialogue

Political analysts say that a Monday meeting between the President and the Opposition Leader should have been more transparent.

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Lisu New Year Marked in Mogok

Thousands of ethnic Lisu from Shan and Kachin states and Mandalay Division travel to Mogok to celebrate the minority group’s 50th New Year’s gathering.

Mogok Residents Protest Against Gems Traders’ Building Planned on Lake

Hundreds of residents of Mogok, Mandalay Division, are protesting against a plan by the local gems traders association to construct buildings on a scenic lake.

2 Dead, Several Injured During Battle in Kokang Village

Clashes in Lone Htan village leave at least two dead and several others injured, as nearby hospitals field civilians displaced or injured by the conflict.

Books ‘Have a Future’

San Oo, owner of Seikku Cho Cho publishing house, speaks with The Irrawaddy about staying ahead of the curve in a changing media landscape.

Observers Weigh FDI Impact of Ongoing Ethnic Conflict

Recent conflicts between the government and armed ethnic rebels in Burma are unlikely to impact investment in 2015, though broader turmoil could crimp inflows.

Border Trade With China Dented by Kokang Clashes

Cargo through the border town of Muse declines, with traders blaming recent fighting in northeast Burma and the coming Chinese New Year.

Coastal Hotel Zone Planned for Mon State

The Mon State government has approved the development of a hotel zone on an 8-mile stretch of the state’s pristine coastline, according to a state minister.

Govt Plans to Nominate Mrauk-U for World Heritage Listing

Burma’s government initiates measures to better preserve the old Arakanese capital of Mrauk-U and prepare it for a nomination for the Unesco World Heritage List.

Myanmar Times Announces Launch of Daily Edition

The Myanmar Times announces it will go from a weekly to daily print edition on March 9, making it Burma’s only private English-language daily.

Shell Inks Contract to Explore 3 Offshore Oil and Gas Blocks

Royal Dutch Shell has signed an exploration and production-sharing contract with a state-owned firm for three offshore deep-water blocks off Arakan State and Tenasserim Division.

Corporate Tax Evaders to Lose Their Licenses

In an effort to tighten up Burma’s loosely enforced tax code, nearly 200 domestic companies will be de-registered for evasion, officials announced on Wednesday.

Jade Mines Grind to a Halt in Hpakant

Jade mining operations in Kachin State have all but ceased after arson attacks from local prospectors and more fighting between the military and KIA.

Chinese Firm Joins Local Rice Miller to Bolster Industry

A Burmese rice milling company and the Chinese firm CAMC Engineering partner to improve the quality and capacity of rice milling operations in Burma.

NLD Distances Itself from Leading Voice on Education

Burma’s leading opposition party distances itself from an outspoken education reform advocate who serves on the party’s central executive committee.

E-Payment Services to Come Online in February

Burma’s sole domestic card-based payment system, Myanmar Payment Union (MPU), will offer online services beginning in early February, according to an executive.

Carlsberg to Begin Brewing Burma Beer in March

The Denmark-based Carlsberg Group will begin brewing beer in Burma from March, in a joint venture with local firm Myanmar Golden Star.

Govt to Push for Ambitious 4.5M Tourist Visitor Target

The Tourism Ministry aims to attract 4.5 million visitors this year, despite recent criticism on the accuracy of its visitor figures and tourism development approach.

Kempinski Hotel Slated for Historical Rangoon Building in Controversial Plan

Switzerland’s Kempinski Group and Thai and Burmese investors are developing Rangoon’s old Police Commissioner’s Office into a luxury hotel, a move opposed by Burmese lawyers.

‘We Will Have to Do More, Practically and Mentally’

Dr. Maung Maung Lay, vice chairman of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry, discusses economic prospects and pitfalls.

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