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Update: Fri, Jul 28 2017    

Ride-hailing giant Grab expands full operations in Myanmar

After a four-month trial period, Southeast Asian ride-hailing giant Grab has begun full operations in Myanmar, launching localized apps with new safety and technology features. Hooi Ling Tan, co-founder of Grab, said Myanmar has become the seventh country to be covered by its ride-hailing platform, the largest online transportation network in Southeast Asia.

Pet cafe trend cat-ching on in Yangon

It may be raining cats and dogs in Myanmar, but in Yangon two coffee shops are offering animal-lovers a chance to escape the monsoon as the global pet-cafe craze sweeps into the rapidly changing city. Inside Yangon's 'Catpuchino Cafe' dozens of felines lounge around the room, some peeking out of baskets while others sit perched on fluffy stools or lie purring in the arms of adoring visitors.

New chairman appointed to UN mission probing Myanmar abuses

The United Nations' Human Rights Council has replaced the chairwoman of a team investigating allegations of killings and rape by Myanmar's security forces, it said on Thursday, amid concerns over her perceived bias. FILE PHOTO: United Nations human rights investigator for North Korea Marzuki Darusman speaks to the media in Geneva, Switzerland, March 14, 2016.

Myanmar Asks WHO to Help Fight H1N1 Virus

Myanmar's government requested help from the World Health Organization on Wednesday after the H1N1 influenza killed six out of 20 confirmed cases in the country, according to the Ministry of Health and Sports. The ministry sent an official report to the WHO, outlining its needs to help control the virus, said deputy director general of the Public Health Department Dr. Than Tun Aung.

Four Dead in Bus Collision

Four people were killed in a bus collision on the Yangon-Pathein highway in Pantanaw Township of Irrawaddy Region on Wednesday afternoon, local police confirmed to The Irrawaddy. A Ye Aung Lan highway bus driving from Rakhine State's Thandwe Township to Yangon collided head-on with a Saydanar Shin express coach when the Ye Aung Lan bus tried to overtake another coach, according to the police official.

3 die of swine flu in Myanmar

Three people have died of seasonal influenza A/H1N1 2009, also known as swine flu, in Myanmar as of Wednesday, according to the Yangon Region Health Department Thursday. Of the victims, a 29-year-old pregnant woman and a 25-year-old man died at Yangon General Hospital, while the third is a 43-year-old fisherman from southwestern Ayeyawaddy region who was transferred from Pyapon Hospital to Yangon hospital after being infected with the virus.

Burma's lawmakers unanimous in motion denouncing UN official's remarks

UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Situation in Burma Yanghee Lee speaks during a news conference in Yangon, Burma July 21, 2017. BURMA'S lawmakers on Tuesday unanimously agreed on a motion to denounce the latest end-of-mission statement by a UN official during her recent visit to the country, local media reported.

Dawei Poultry Ban After Suspected Bird Flu Outbreak

The sale of poultry products from farms and markets in Tanintharyi Region's Dawei Township has halted amid a suspected outbreak of the H5N1 bird flu in the area. "Masses of chickens died at different farms, so we have stopped the supply as a preventative measure," said Aung Kyaw Myo, secretary of the Dawei Township municipality.

Tatmadaw Prohibits Use of Military Ranks for Non-State Armed Groups

The Tatmadaw Information Team released a statement on Wednesday prohibiting the usage of military ranks employed by the Myanmar Army for non-state armed organizations. The statement was shared on the Facebook page of the Office of the Commander-in-Chief, Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing.

Union Lawmaker Switches Rakhine Parties

Ethnic Arakanese politician and Upper House lawmaker Daw Htoot May has resigned from the Arakan National Party to join the Arakan League for Democracy . At a press conference in Yangon on Tuesday, Daw Htoot May said she resigned from the ANP the previous day because she believed that she would be able to better serve the interests of Rakhine State and Arakanese people with the ALD.

State Counselor, KBC Discuss Kachin IDP Issues

Myanmar's State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the Kachin Baptist Convention held talks on the resettlement and schooling of internally displaced persons and children in Kachin State on Monday in Naypyitaw. "We discussed the implementation of pilot projects jointly by the KIO [Kachin Independence Organization] government and the NLD [National League for Democracy] government, as well as the resettlement of IDPs to places where clashes are unlikely," KBC secretary Rev.

Analysis: UN Disappointed, So All Are Disappointed

Myanmar today is reminiscent of rule under the military regime, said UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Myanmar Yanghee Lee after concluding her recent visit to the country on July 21. In her end-of-mission statement , she said that she was "disappointed"-an official expression used by several UN envoys over the past decades working on Myanmar issues. Lee said she was "disappointed to see the tactics applied by the previous government still being used," in reference to the intimidation that her sources told of experiencing.

Icon's grip on power weakens by the day amid slow pace of reform

WHEN Aung San Suu Kyi addressed half a million people at Yangon's iconic Shwedagon Pagoda three decades ago, her defiant call for democracy in military-ruled Myanmar marked her for greatness. A slight and elegant figure with a flower in her hair and dwarfed by the 325-foot gilded and diamond-encrusted pagoda, the steely ambition and vision of the daughter of Myanmar's first president after independence from the British in 1948 shone out.

Myanmar gov't seeks peace approach with ethnic religious organization

Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi has met with Kachin Baptist Convention , which is a Kachin ethnic religious organization, to seek peace approach in the country, the Myanmar News Agency reported Tuesday. Suu Kyi's meeting with KBC Chairman Rev.

Myanmar officials say 3 die of swine flu

Nurses cover their faces with masks to protect from the spread of the swine flu outside the Naypyitaw hospital, Tuesday, July 25, 2017, in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. Public health officials in Myanmar say that H1N1 flu, also known as swine flu, has killed three people out of 13 confirmed cases of the infection.

3 persons die of swine flu in Myanmar

Health officials in Myanmar said that the H1N1 virus, also known as swine flu, has killed three people out of 13 confirmed cases this month. Khin Theingi Myint, a doctor in Yangon General Hospital, said that two infected patients died after being admitted to his hospital and one died earlier this month in Chin state in western Myanmar, where 11 of the infections were found.

Myanmar officials say 3 die of swine flu

A street vendor sells masks to motorists to protect against the swine flu, Tuesday, July 25, 2017, in Yangon, Myanmar. Public health officials in Myanmar say that H1N1 flu, also known as swine flu, has killed three people out of 13 confirmed cases of the infection.