By   NLD MPs Elected to Top Local Parliament Positions in 12 of 14 Assemblies

State and division parliaments on Monday elected their speakers and deputy speakers, with NLD lawmakers taking the top posts in all but two legislatures.

By   Central Bank Says 13 Foreign Banks Vying for Operating Licenses

The Central Bank of Myanmar announced on Tuesday that 13 foreign banks have applied to operate in Burma in a second round of licensing.

By   Space to Live: Rangoon’s Squatters Place Housing Hopes in NLD Govt

Many in Hlaing Tharyar Township feel that a solution to the issue of homelessness and illegal tenancy will be a test of Burma’s new government.


Burma’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has opened an investigation into nearly a dozen coffee factories in Rangoon over rumors of malpractice.

By   China Offers Rewards for Online ‘Terrorist’ Tip-Offs

China has pledged to reward people who report online “terrorist” content up to 100,000 yuan (US$15,200) for each tip off, an official news agency reported.

By   Suspect in Murder of Dismembered Spaniard in Thai Custody

A Spanish man who is the prime suspect in the gruesome murder of a fellow Spaniard was in Thai custody Monday after being arrested in

By   Taiwan Quake Toll Climbs to 35, President to Visit Disaster Scene

The death toll from an earthquake in southern Taiwan on Saturday has climbed to 35, with some 100 people still listed as missing under a

By   Firebrand Monks a Powerful Force in Burma Despite Setback

Challenges from Ma Ba Tha seem likely to continue, despite the religious group’s support for a rival pro-military party that was trounced in elections.

By   Central Bank Says 13 Foreign Banks Vying for Operating Licenses

The Central Bank of Myanmar announced on Tuesday that 13 foreign banks have applied to operate in Burma in a second round of licensing.

By   Ooredoo Receives Multi-Million Dollar Loan from ADB and IFC

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and International Finance Corporation (IFC) have approved a US$300 million loan for foreign telecom operator Ooredoo.

By   With Mining Law Changes, Are Foreign Firms Set to Dig In?

Long-anticipated revisions to Burma’s Mining Law could spur foreign investment in a sector that remains vulnerable to frontier market perils.


Despite completion of several overpasses already, it is unclear whether Rangoon’s ambitious construction projects will solve the city’s traffic problems.

By   Bill Committee Chairman: ‘I Would Like to Change Outdated Laws’

The NLD’s Tun Tun Hein, head of the Lower House’s Bill Committee, spoke with The Irrawaddy about his plans to propose laws within Parliament.


This week, the panel discusses Burma’s new Parliament and how, going forward, it will handle the country’s important political and ethnic issues.


Ma Thandar, the widow of murdered journalist Par Gyi, is a newly elected NLD MP and she spoke about her party’s approach in the new


  This week, the panel discusses the prospect of power sharing in the government between the military, the NLD and ethnic parties.

By   A Kachin Leader’s Legacy Lives On Through His Daughter

The eldest daughter of former KIO leader Maran Brang Seng will enter the Kachin State parliament on Feb. 8 to pursue her father’s struggle for

By   Kachin Displaced Pin Their Hopes on New NLD Government

Living in limbo for more than four years, many IDPs hope the new government will prioritize peace in Kachin State so they could go home.


The mixed martial arts rise of Aung La N Sang, known in the United States as “The Burmese Python,” took even his family by surprise.

By   Yangon gridlock: solutions elusive as traffic chokes city

Experts say a holistic approach is needed to resolve Rangoon’s ever-worsening traffic jams, but the government’s response has been to tinker around the edges.

By   Karen Refugee Eyeing Premier League With Sheffield United

An ethnic Karen refugee who was born at a camp on the Thai border earns a professional contract with the English football club Sheffield United.

By   Thailand Dashes Burma’s SEA Games Gold Hopes With 3-0 Win

A spirited performance is not enough for Burma at the Southeast Asian Games football final, with the under-23 team falling to favored Thailand 3-0.

By   Burma Earns Shot at Gold With 2-1 Win Over Vietnam

Burma edges past Vietnam in the semifinal match of the Southeast Asian Games football competition, winning 2-1 to earn a chance at the gold medal.

By   ‘No stars, No Problem’ for Burma’s Young Footballers

Burma’s under-23 side captures the nation’s imagination by storming into the semifinals unbeaten, stirring hopes of a first Southeast Asian Games football gold since 1973.