Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Activists call for ‘unconditional release’ of copper mine protesters

17 Dec 2012

Monks and student activists in Mandalay have called for the release of four protesters 
who were arrested and hit with charges after participating in demonstrations last week.

Thein Sein courts wary investors on ambitious port project

17 Dec 2012

Burma sought Monday to drum up investment in a stalled multi-billion-dollar 
seaport project at the heart of the former junta-ruled country’s efforts
 to revive its impoverished economy.

Natural resources committee formed in Naypyitaw

17 Dec 2012                       

As per orders issued by the President’s Office in Naypyitaw, the Extractive Industry 
Transparency Initiative (EITI) leading authority was formed on December 14.

Thai PM heads to Burma for Dawei talks

17 Dec 2012

Thailand’s Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is to meet Burmese President Thein Sein 
on Monday in Myanmar [Burma] for a key discussion over the Dawei special economic zone.

Govt apologizes to Buddhist monks for Monywa incident

17 Dec 2012

Burmese President's Office Minister Hla Tun and other officials visited injured monks 
in hospital in Mandalay on Saturday and offered an official government apology 
for the violent crackdown at the Monywa copper mine site on November 29.

Indian bank opens representative office in Burma

17 Dec 2012

United Bank of India (UBI) has opened a representative office in Rangoon, 
the first time an Indian bank has ventured into Burma.

In an announcement, UBI said it was launching in Burma to help improve mutual 
trade between the two nations.