Burma discovers it has only 51 million people

By Sat, Aug 30, 2014 2:44PM UTC A recent census showed Burma has a population of 51 million, rather than the 60 million the government had thought. Pic: AP

Burma has discovered it has only 51 million people — far less than the previously estimated 60 million.

Dethroned Burmese beauty queen runs off with crown, new boobs

By Fri, Aug 29, 2014 3:57PM UTC Burmese model May Myat Noe. Pic: AP.

YANGON, Burma (AP) — The first Burma national to win an international pageant has been stripped of her title for being rude and dishonest, and has allegedly run off with the expensive crown and breast implants.

State-owned Burmese telecom lowers prices in face of outside competition

By Tue, Aug 26, 2014 12:31PM UTC Ooredoo Myanmar launched services in Burma on Aug. 15. Photo courtesy Ooredoo Myanmar

A state-owned telecom in Burma will start a price war with Ooredoo, the Qatari company that launched services in Burma earlier this month, Eleven Myanmar reported.

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.

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