High stakes in Burma’s peace process

By Sat, Aug 23, 2014 11:08AM UTC Burma army soldiers in Kachin State. Pic: AP.

The Burmese government has pursued more than a dozen rounds of cease-fire talks with the country’s major armed ethnic groups over the past three years but has missed the timetable for achieving a nationwide cease-fire agreement several times.

Ooredoo launches mobile services in Burma; Telenor to follow next month

By Thu, Aug 21, 2014 1:05PM UTC Ooredoo Myanmar held a special press event ahead of their commercial launch in Burma. From left to right: U Myint Zaw, National Sales Director at Ooredoo Myanmar; Ross Cormack, CEO of Ooredoo Myanmar; David Abel, Chief Mentor of Ooredoo Myanmar; U Myat Hein, Union Minister, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology; Dr. Nasser Marafih, CEO of Ooredoo. Pic: Courtesy Ooredoo Myanmar

Foreign telecoms Ooredoo and Telenor will soon both be up and running in Burma. Ooredoo launched its commercial services in Burma on Aug. 15, making good on its promise to provide fast, reliable Internet and mobile services to the largely unconnected population. Telenor plans to roll out its offerings toward the end of September.

Philippines businesses seek clear policies ahead of ASEAN integration

By Wed, Aug 20, 2014 10:11AM UTC ASEAN memebrs Philippines and Thailand are two of the worlds top canned tuna producers.Pic by Edwin Espejo

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines – Businessmen from all over Mindanao are seeking clear cut government policies on five major agenda as the country prepares for economic integration under the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in 2015.

Japan rated Asia’s most peaceful country, China falters

By Tue, Aug 19, 2014 1:47PM UTC Police officers stand guard near a blast site in downtown Urumqi, Xinjiang, Thursday. Pic: AP.

Japan is the most peaceful country in Asia, according to the Institute for Economics and Peace’s (IEP’s) 2014 Global Peace Index. Its fellow Asian powerhouse China, however, dropped in the rankings amid terrorist threats, international tensions and rapid militarisation.

Hunt starts for centuries-old, 270 ton bell in Burma river

By Thu, Aug 14, 2014 3:14PM UTC

YANGON, Burma (AP) — A team of divers is trying to retrieve a bronze bell that has been lying for centuries at the confluence of three rivers south of Burma’s old capital, Yangon. The 270 ton bell, believed to be one of the largest ever cast, was made on the

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