In Asia, women can transform the face of hydropower

(Nation/ANN) In Asia, women are more likely to be found in occupations such as teaching and nursing than in planning, constructing and operating dams. This results in major losses to businesses and the economy.

A study prepared for the World Bank found that output per worker in East Asia and Pacific countries could be 7 to 18 per cent higher if female entrepreneurs and workers worked in the same sectors, types of jobs, and activities as men.  

Parliament votes contradict will of residents

The very first demonstration against General Aung San – national hero of Myanmar – was held by ethnic  minorities in the last few days. Protest against General Aung San or even in reference to his name of had never took place before, even during the time of military dictatorship. 

Time to accelerate educational reforms for further growth

We were most interested to learn that a new university will be established in Nay Pyi Taw to provide tertiary education in Myanmar. It has been forecast that the new university will be established within five years.

The Myanmar-China dilemma

Translated by Thet Mon Htun, Kywe Wa Dana Tun

Tax U-turns breed uncertainty

The government's plan to introduce tax on interest earned on savings accounts nationwide has caused anxiety. 
The announcement followed an imposition of a 3-per-cent tax on gold purchases, another common savings tool.
The plans is seen as throwing oil on the fire as the economy is far from healthy with low growth and high inflation. 

Interpol to discuss IS at Bali assembly

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NUSA DUA, Indonesia (The Jakarta Post/ANN) - The spread of the Islamic State movement in Asia Pacific becomes one of the main agenda at the 85th International Police (Interpol) General Assembly in Bali.

Myanmar, one year after the Nov 8 polls

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November 8, the United States will host an intriguing election. As the date draws closer, the results of the election appear harder to forecast.
In previous weeks, the likelihood of a victory by US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton appeared almost certain.

He’s still with us

YANGON – Many students have made sacrifices to create a more democratic Myanmar over the past several decades.

Myanmar’s Bago palace needs proper maintenance

YANGON - One of Myanmar showcases, especially for visitors on a-day trip from Yangon, is the reconstructed Kanbawzathadi Palace in Bago.

But a visit to this famous site first built by King Bayintnaung in AD1553 would likely disappoint the visitors with fetish smell and unclean surrounding.

Setting the tone for Asean’s future

“I am a peaceful man now after the Asean,” said Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte upon his return this weekend from the Asean Summit in Laos.

“I don't want to pick a fight with any nation. I only want to be at peace with everybody. Doing business with everybody," he added.