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Update: Sun, May 27 2018    

683 people removed from Myanmar's immigration blacklist in 2 years

A total of 683 people, including 403 foreign citizens, as well as 35 passports were removed from blacklist in Myanmar during the two-year tenure of the incumbent government, according to a press release from the Ministry of Labor, Immigration and Population on Saturday. To enable prompt identification process to other black list entries, the Myanmar Advanced Passenger Processing System has been installed at the country's airports in March this year.

Myanmar sets date for submission of candidate list for by-election

Myanmar's Union Election Commission has set July 2 for submission of names of candidates to run in the by-election for vacant parliamentary seats scheduled for Nov. 3 this year. According to a notification of the commission issued late Friday, the closing date for the submission is designated for July 11. A total of 13 vacant parliamentary seats will be contested, including four with the House of Representative , one with the House of Nationalities and eight with the state parliaments.

Former Myanmar PM's residence opened as commemorative museum

Myanmar's former late Prime Minister U Nu's residence in Yangon was opened as a commemorative museum on Friday. Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein inaugurated the museum where daily necessities used by U Nu and historical photos are displayed.

Women Photographers Tell Life Stories Through Images

Thuma Collective, a group of Myanmar women photographers, is holding its debut exhibition, "Us and Beyond", at the Myanmar Deitta Gallery in Yangon through June 2. The exhibition features works by Thuma Collective members Khin Kyi Htet, Rita Khin, Shwe Wutt Hmon, Tin Htet Paing, and Yu Yu Myint Than. Each of the women has created a photo essay to be displayed in the exhibition, many of which draw on deeply personal aspects of their or others' lives in an effort to communicate with the audience, said Rita Khin, a member of the collective.

Chinese carrier pilots complete first night missions

Chinese navy pilots aboard the country's sole operating aircraft carrier have completed their first nighttime takeoffs and landings, state media reported Friday. The missions were hailed by state media as a major step forward in the combat ability of the Liaoning, which was bought as a mostly empty hull from Ukraine and commissioned in 2012 along with its flight wing.

China's $7.5 Billion Myanmar Port - Crazy,' Suu Kyi Adviser Says

The $7.5 billion price tag for a Chinese-built deep-sea port in the Myanmar town of Kyaukpyu was "crazy" and "absurd," according to a key adviser to Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi. China's CITIC Group, which won a tender to build the port three years ago, has valued the port and an accompanying special economic zone at around $10 billion.

Return Of Rohingya

Larry Jagan writes that Myanmar is under growing pressure as the government "tries desperately to arrange for the return of nearly a million Muslim refugees" from Bangladesh. However, there's not much evidence that Myanmar's government is "desperately" trying to arrange the return of the refugees, almost all of whom are Rohingya .

Rainy Season Offers Unique Travel Delights

Do you enjoy traveling around Myanmar during the rainy season ? So do I. It's a fabulous time to hit the road and offers a whole a new travel experience. As you probably know, Myanmar has three distinct seasons: hot, rainy and cool.

Manipur new source of cross-border child trafficking

New Delhi, May 24 : Manipur has emerged as the new source of cross-border human trafficking in India where 174 children go missing every day and half of them remain untraced. On the eve of the International Missing Children's Day, child rights group CRY in a report said that young Indian boys and girls were being trafficked via Myamar to countries like Singapore after luring them with lucrative job offers.

Burmese Flavors in Brooklyn

At Rangoon Spoon in Gravesend, Brooklyn, one of the chef Amy Tun's specialties is shan tofu, made not with soybeans but with chickpea flour. It has a texture somewhere between bean curd and Chinese liang fen , with more spring than slip.

Hungry City: Burmese Cuisine, a New York Rarity, at Rangoon Spoon

Shan tofu, named for its origins in the eastern Shan State of Myanmar, has little kinship with its better-known East Asian cousin. At Rangoon Spoon in Gravesend, Brooklyn, it's made not with soybeans but with chickpea flour that's soaked overnight, drained and soaked again, then simmered, requiring constant churning until it turns into a dense congee.

Police Confirm Arrest of 17 Chinese Sex Workers in Raid on Yangon Spa

Police confirmed that 17 young Chinese sex workers had been arrested at a beauty parlour allegedly operating as a front for an illegal prostitution business in South Okkalapa Township's Waizayandar Street on Tuesday. Yangon Region police spokesman Maj.

Anti-Corruption Investigation of Finance Minister Nearly Complete

U Aung Kyi, chairman of Myanmar's Anti-Corruption Commission, said on Wednesday that the investigation of Union Minister for Planning and Finance U Kyaw Win for corruption is almost complete. "We have investigated witnesses and checked documents.

Aung La N Sang to defend ONE middleweight title vs. Ken Hasegawa in June

"The Burmese Python" has been booked to defend his ONE Championship middleweight title ONE: Spirit Of A Warrior on June 29 at the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar, officials announced Wednesday. Sang won the title last June in a rematch with Vitaly Bigdash via unanimous decision and his first challenger will be Ken Hasegawa , a star in Japan's DEEP promotion who will be making his ONE debut.

'Selling blood': Things that will shock you about travel in the '70s

Back in the 1970s, you learned a few things on ''the hippie trail'' that no backpacker today ever has to grapple with. Back in the 1970s, before Afghanistan imploded and the shah still sat on the throne in Iran, apart from a short flight into Rangoon and out the other side, you could travel from Singapore to London by land.

Military Officers Transferred Over Jade Mine Bribes, Killings in Rakhine

Two high-ranking military officers have been transferred to the military's auxiliary force for taking bribes from jade mines operating without a license in Kachin State's Hpakant Township. In 2016, the government announced that it would not renew the licenses of jade mining companies until it completed an environmental management plan for jade mining areas in Kachin State.

No Sex Please-We're Burmese

As The Irrawaddy is celebrating its silver jubilee, we revisit some of our magazine stories published over 25 years. Here is a cover story about prostitution from 2001.