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Update: Mon, Sep 24 2018    

The Antidote to Urban Fatigue? Cycle Tours

Peddling along red earth tracks, you can see water buffalo bathing in the muddy stream below as your route skirts the bright green rice paddy fields that stretch to the steamy jungle beyond. This is a far cry from watching the landscape rush by through the window of a car.

Serenity of Artist's Latest Paintings Only Skin Deep

Visitors to the latest art exhibit by MPP Ye Myint, showing now at Yangon's Lokanat Gallery, might think that the artist has gone soft. MPP Ye Myint is known for works depicting the negative political and social dimensions of Myanmar.

USDP Official in Sagaing Faces Defamation Suit over Rohingya Aid Claims

Police in Sagaing Region have filed a defamation lawsuit against the chairman of the Union Solidarity and Development Party's Shwebo District. The lawsuit was filed at the Shwebo Township Court under Section 505 of the Penal Code, which prohibits defaming the state.

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Amid a slowing economy and complaints from the business community, Myanmar's parliament has approved a National Planning Law for the 2018-2019 fiscal year which expects to see the highest growth rate in the country's telecommunications, industrial and financial sectors. On Wednesday, President U Win Myint signed the bill with the approval of the Union Parliament and it is to be effective from October 1 this year to September 30, 2019.

Myanmarese senior general discusses security issues at Eastern Command HQ

Kolkata, Sep 20 : A nine-member Myanmar delegation led by Vice Senior General Soe Win, Deputy Commander-in-Chief - Myanmar Defence Services and Commander-in-Chief , visited Eastern Command headquarters on Thursday and discussed regional and security issues. The team had earlier visited Pune to attend MILEX-2018 .

Ethnic Armed Groups Discuss Peace Process Participation

Ethnic armed groups held a two-day meeting in Laiza, Kachin State, at the headquarters of the Kachin Independence Army to discuss how they could cooperate for participation in the country's peace process, according to a KIA spokesperson. At least 12 ethnic armed groups participated including 10 signatories to the nationwide ceasefire agreement and other non-signatories including the KIA and Karenni National Progressive Party .

Activist Receives 15-Day Sentence for Peace Protest

The Kyauktada Township Court in Yangon convicted three peace protesters under the Peaceful Assembly Law on Wednesday, giving them a choice of paying a fine of 20,000 kyats each or a sentence of 15 days' imprisonment. Peace activist Ko Zeyar Lwin and poets Ko Khant Min Htet and Ko Ye Wint Aung participated in a protest at Mahabandoola Park on May 14, calling for an end to the wars in Kachin State, at which they gave speeches and recited poems.

Artist Turns Medium Into Message to Challenge Stigma of Women's Sarongs

Artist Htein Lin poses with a painting for his upcoming exhibition, "Skirting the Issue," in his studio in Yangon. The quote from the woman in the painting says: "A man's 'hpone' will decline if he passes under a line on which women's clothes are hanging.

Hunt says pressed Suu Kyi on 'justice and accountability' for Rohingya

UN chief Antonio Guterres said it was "not acceptable" for Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo to be jailed in Myanmar for doing their jobs. NAYPYITAW: Myanmar must ensure there is "no hiding place" for those responsible for crimes against its Rohingya minority if it is to avoid a lasting stain on the country's reputation, Britain's Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said on Thursday.

UPDATE 1-U.N. chief urges Myanmar government to free Reuters journalists

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday called on the Myanmar government to pardon and release two imprisoned Reuters journalists as soon as possible. FILE PHOTO: Detained Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo leave Insein court after listening to the verdict in Yangon, Myanmar September 3, 2018.

Government's Report to Parliament Lacked Substance, Lawmakers Say

CHIANG MAI, Thailand-The government failed to show how it plans to solve the country's current political and economic problems during its presentation to the Union Parliament on Wednesday, observers and lawmakers said. U Kyaw Tint Swe, the minister for the State Counselor's Office, on Wednesday read a written report on the government's efforts to the Union Parliament.

Myanmar in my mind

Carriage Awaits. A horse-drawn cart similar to the one that transferred us from the bus terminal to Nyaung U is parked outside a temple complex in Bagan.

Parliament Approves $300M ADB Loan to Upgrade Power Grid

Parliament today approved a nearly $300 million loan from the Asian Development Bank to upgrade the national power grid in seven states and regions. Minister of Electricity and Energy U Tun Naing told lawmakers that the loan would be used to improve the national grid in Yangon, Irrawaddy, Bago and Tanintharyi regions and in Mon, Karen and Rakhine states.

Myanmar Free Speech Advocates Plan Prolonged Campaign

A group of free speech advocates who conducted a peaceful demonstration in Yangon earlier this week, calling for the release of two detained Reuters journalists in Myanmar, have said they will continue their protests until the pair are released. On Sunday, dozens of demonstrators held a protest in downtown Yangon, where they made speeches, chanted slogans calling for the public's right to information, and released balloons depicting images of Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, who earlier this month were sentenced to seven years in prison under the colonial-era Official Secrets Act.

Suu Kyi's sculpture to be sold for underprivileged in Myanmar

A figurative bronze sculpture of Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi will be put up for sale by auction in order to raise money for charity, said Dr Thant Thaw Kaung, executive committee member of the Daw Khin Kyi Foundation. A figurative bronze sculpture of Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi will be put up for sale by auction in order to raise money for charity, said Dr Thant Thaw Kaung, executive committee member of the "At the auction, the sculpture will be sold for Ks50 million, a glassware vase for Ks2 million and a jade beads necklace for Ks10 million.

Police Recapture 2 of 3 Escapees Who Cut Their Way Out of Cell in Bogale

Police have recaptured two of three detainees who escaped from Myoma Police Station in Irrawaddy Region's Bogale Township early Tuesday. The three escaped at around 3:30 a.m. after using hacksaws to cut through the bars of their cell.

Analysis: Myanmar Still Living with Legacy of 1988 Military Coup

Shortly before nightfall on Sept. 17, 1988, the fortified gate of Yangon's War Office was flung open to allow an Army convoy to stream out.