Forgotten Resting Place

Overgrown with bushes and weeds on a beautiful Shan hillside, a 19th century British cemetery provides a sense of serenity and history, but also of sad neglect.

Doing it Naturally

Dr. Khin Maung Lwin speaks with The Irrawaddy about the alternative medicine market in a country better known for its counterfeit drugs.

Foreign Investment Soars to Record $8B in 2014-15

Foreign direct investment in Burma grows sharply in 2014-2015, reaching US$8 billion, a more than doubling of investments compared to the year before.

Burma’s Rice Exports Up 40% in 2014-15

Burma’s rice exports rise over 40 percent in the 2014-15 fiscal year, with shipments to China dominating despite Beijing’s official ban on Burmese rice imports.

Power Chief Pledges End to Rangoon Outages

The Yangon Electricity Supply Corporation has pledged to supply round the clock electricity to Rangoon over the summer months, according to chairman Aung Khine.

‘If We’re Going to Compete, We Need the Support of Our Regulator’

Air Mandalay CEO Sai Kham Park Pha speaks with The Irrawaddy about the challenges facing the airline industry in Burma.

Dog Lovers Outraged by Reports of Canine Meat Sales

Locals in Yankin Township have reported that some street restaurants are secretly selling dog meat to construction laborers.

Air Mandalay to Return to Skies in May

The temporarily grounded Air Mandalay expects to resume international flights later this year, following a resumption of domestic routes in May.

Visa Card Expands Services, Local Card Payments Hampered by Problems

Visa Card can now be used at Rangoon City Mart supermarkets, while the domestic card system of Myanmar Payment Union continues to suffer from problems.

Home Affairs Ministry to Overhaul Burmese Passports

Five years after upgrading the country’s woefully obsolete passport system, the government has announced a tender for the introduction of biometric travel documents.

Govt Accepts 45 Journalists for ‘President’s Press Corps’

Burma’s Information Ministry accepts 45 journalists into a press corps that will be granted access to the Presidential Palace and public events involving the president.

Pandal Scandal: Water Festival Party Pavilions Sold on the Black Market

City permits for the development of party ‘pandals’ during Burma’s forthcoming Water Festival are being leased illegally at exorbitant prices, local businesspeople say.

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.

Govt to Support Domestic Airlines as Asean ‘Open Skies’ Takes Effect

Burma’s government will protect its airline industry and keep most domestic airports off limits for regional airlines as it implements Asean’s Open Skies policy.

Jade Sales Dwindle Amid Conflict and Chinese Anti-Graft Campaign

Jade sales at Burma’s biggest gems market slow to a near-halt, likely linked to Chinese anti-corruption campaigns and stalled production in conflict-affected Kachin State.

Govt Gives Green Light for Wine Imports

Domestic companies can now apply for wine import licenses, nearly one month after a major retail association stopped selling foreign alcohol demanding swift reforms.

Property Market ‘Still Strong’

Sai Khun Naung, managing director of Sai Khun Naung Real Estate Company, discusses the outlook for Rangoon’s booming property market.

Developer to Spend $3m on Death Railway Tourist Precinct

Local company Tala Mon will build a museum, accommodation, souvenir shops and a shopping mall at the site of the infamous WWII railway project.

UV Health Risks in Burma’s Hot Season Burn

Burma’s central regions are once again feeling the burn from dangerously high ultraviolet radiation levels, with experts advising locals to take precautions in the sun.

Tourism Boom on Even Keel Despite Local Instability

Burma’s tourism industry boom shows no sign of abating despite a series of high-profile internal conflicts in recent months, according to industry figures.

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