Monday, January 07, 2013

Mutual understanding vital for democracy: Suu Kyi

5 Jan 2013

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said that people could not enjoy genuine democracy 
if there was no mutual understanding in the community.

The chairperson of the National League for Democracy party spoke at a ceremony 
to commemorate the country’s 65th Independence Day on January 4 
at the party headquarters in Yangon.

Coca-Cola to set up factory in Myanmar

6 Jan 2013

The Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) on December 28 gave Coca-Cola 
Company permission to construct a factory in the country.

The American multinational beverage corporation will operate its business 
under the registered name Cola Pinya Beverages Myanmar Ltd 
as a joint venture with the local Pinya Manufacturing Co Ltd.

Burma’s Banks Prepare Phone Apps for Easy Money Transfers

5 Jan 2013

Just more than a year after Burma installed its first ATM, local banks 
are preparing a new system that would allow people to transfer money 
through mobile phone applications.

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Kachin Refugees Fearful after Fighting Escalates

5 Jan 2013

LAIZA, Burma—Ethnic Kachins living in makeshift camps in Burma described 
their terror at the army’s use of air power during fighting with Kachin rebels 
seeking more autonomy, as the government said it has exercised maximum restraint.

Plight of Displaced Kachin Worsens, Aid Groups Warn

5 Jan 2013
The health of tens of thousands of villagers displaced by the Kachin conflict
 is quickly deteriorating due to a severe shortage of aid supplies such as food,
 blankets and medicine, local relief groups warned, adding that the recent escalation
 in the fighting between Kachin rebels and the Burmese government is terrifying 
villagers and affecting their safety.

Journalists Confront China Censors over Editorial

6 Jan 2013

BEIJING, China—In a rare move, some Chinese journalists are openly confronting 
a top censor after a southern newspaper known for its edgy reporting was forced 
to change a New Year’s editorial calling for political reform into 
a tribute praising the Communist Party.