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Update: Sat, Feb 25 2017    

Myanmar nationalist monks protest Thai crackdown on sect

Myanmar police stand to provide security as Buddhist monks and people holding religious and National flags protest outside the Thailand embassy Friday, Feb.24, 2017, in Yangon, Myanmar. More than a hundred Buddhist monks and nationalists led a prayer and protest at the Thai Embassy Yangon on Friday to condemn the Thai government's ongoing raids on the Dhammakaya Temple in Bangkok, Thailand.



Myanmar factory workers release Chinese captives

" Two hundred striking workers attacked a Chinese-owned garment factory in Myanmar, smashing windows and doors and holding seven Chinese staffers captive for several hours. The cause of this week's dispute at the factory in the city of Yangon owned by Hangzhou Baiyi Garments was unclear.



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Japanese electronics giant Panasonic Corp aims to expand its electric appliance business in Myanmar by launching a new air-conditioner model and opening four more service centers in 2017. Panasonic held an air-conditioner exhibition Tuesday at a hotel in Myanmar's commercial capital, Yangon, to launch its new residential and small commercial-use air conditioner, Mini FSV VRF.



It's popcorn time! Top int' movies to watch at UAE cinemas this weekend

We have a great selection of new movies released this week. Among the Hollywood movies, the top attraction is Manchester by the Sea, followed by Rangoon, The Worthy and many others.



Five destinations for the perfect travel Instagram shot

The photo-sharing service is great for inspiration but short on practical details. Adam Bisby fills in the blanks for five #travelgram favourites This comment accompanies many of the 156 million-plus Instagram posts that use the #travel hashtag.



Rangoon: Celebs and critics tweet positive reviews for Shahid Kapoor, ...

Shahid Kapoor, Kangana Ranaut and Saif Ali Khan's much hyped film Rangoon releases in theatres on February 23, 2017, and it has already received positive reviews by some Bollwood celebrities and film critics who've watched it before the audiences. While Taran Adarsh has called Rangoon layered, he also says that it will take time to get into the world of the Vishal Bhardwaj film.



Locals Say Armed Groups 'Disappear' Civilians Caught in Northern Shan Conflict

During recent clashes in northern Shan State, Shan and Palaung ethnic armed groups have "disappeared" civilian farmers from Namtu town, according to local community leaders. The two armed groups-the Restoration Council of Shan State and the Ta'ang National Liberation Army -have fought sporadically since 2015, when the RCSS leadership signed the nationwide ceasefire agreement with the Union government.



Activists seek corporate help for Myanmar's Rohingyas

In this June 24 2014, file photo, Rohingya children gather at the Dar Paing camp for Muslim refugees, north of Sittwe, western Rakhine state, Myanmar. Activists this week have sent an open letter asking the major corporate investor conglomerate Unilever, which owns two factories near the capital Yangon, to speak out against the country's treatment of its Rohingya minority.



Activists seek corporate help for Myanmar's Rohingyas

In this June 24 2014, file photo, Rohingya children gather at the Dar Paing camp for Muslim refugees, north of Sittwe, western Rakhine state, Myanmar. Activists this week have sent an open letter asking the major corporate investor conglomerate Unilever, which owns two factories near the capital Yangon, to speak out against the country's treatment of its Rohingya minority.



'I can't say I'm as big as the Khans'

K angana Ranaut is all set to show off her magic in her new film Rangoon , directed by Vishal Bhardwaj. A romantic drama set in the backdrop of World War II, the film also stars Shahid Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan.



Arrests in the Death of U Ko Ni

Supporters carry the coffin of Ko Ni, a prominent member of Myanmar's Muslim minority and legal adviser for Myanmar's ruling National League for Democracy, after he was shot dead, in Yangon, Myanmar on January 30, 2017. The apparent assassination of an advisor to de facto Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi outside Yangon airport last month has raised disturbing questions about the country's stability, and about Suu Kyi's control of Myanmar's military and police.



Meeting Minutes Reveal Insights Into Chinese Approach to Burma's Peace Process

China will not "sit as a judge" regarding armed conflicts between the Burma Army and ethnic armed groups, Sun Guoxiang, Chinese Special Envoy of Asian Affairs, has said. The Irrawaddy was able to read the meeting minutes of the discussion between the Karen National Union and the Restoration Council of Shan State on Burma's peace process in China's Kunming on Feb. 13. Sun Guoxiang was quoted as saying: "China hopes that peace prevails in Burma, and would not like to say who is right and who is wrong.



Myanmar makes record seizures of illegal timber

YANGON: Myanmar seized a record amount of illegal timber this financial year as part of a government clampdown to protect the country's rapidly disappearing forests, a senior official said on Wednesday. Forest ministry director Tin Tun said authorities had confiscated 40,000 tonnes of timber since April 2016, months before the newly elected government issued a nationwide ban on logging.



Rohingya Food Flotilla Vessel Returns To Port Klang Thursday

After delivering 2,300 tonnes of food and daily essentials to the ethnic Rohingya community in Myanmar and Bangladesh, the food flotilla Nautical Aliya vessel is expected to return to Port Klang on Thursday. The chief of the humanitarian mission, Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim, said the vessel, which had called at Yangon in Myanmar and Chittagong in Bangladesh, was now in the Melaka Strait.



Displaced Civilians Endure Camp Hardships, Resent Armies on Both Sides

Internally displaced persons in northern Shan State say they feel resentment and anger toward both the Burma Army and the ethnic armed groups, which they say have treated them with abuse since sustained conflict began on Nov. 20. "We villagers have become like trampled grass between the two sides fighting," said Braing Mai, an ethnic Kachin civilian from Mong Maw village, Mongton Township. Braing Mai said he hates all of the armed groups, and he hates the Burma Army because it lacks the courage to fight outside the villages.



There are 'good' countries and 'bad' countries, but they all have a dark side

It's a hard truth when you realise that someone you love isn't perfect. That he or she is actually deeply flawed.



Taxis to be reduced by half in Myanmar's Yangon

Myanmar's Yangon regional authorities are planning to reduce the number of taxis running in the city by half in an effort to ease the current heavy traffic jam, an official of the Yangon Region Transport Administration told Xinhua Tuesday. At present, there are over 66,000 taxis operating in the city.