Opinion

Don’t forget detained students

“The charges increased within one year.”

A student leader Phyo Phyo Aung says so.

She has been tried four days a week for calling educational reforms alongside fellow student protest leaders, Min Thwe Thit and Nanda Sitt Aung.

More than 100 boycott students and protestors have been sued with charges that can imprison them for at least nine years.

In fact they did not demonstrate for their self-interest, and they are not criminals. They just asked for reforms in the education system for the country’s sake.

Open letter to Speaker U Mann Win Khaing Than

Dear Union Parliament Speaker U Mann Win Khaing Than,

I have read the statement issued by the parliamentary office dated February 5. I am not sure whether or not you are aware of the statement, but it was signed off by U Kyaw Soe, the secretary of the Central Committee for Holding Parliamentary Sessions and director general of the parliamentray office.

The statement is titled “For the Coordination with the Media” and expressed the don’ts for the media professionals in the Parliament.

NLD claims to have monitored everyone from Shan state including T Khun Myat since 2014

Myo Yan Naung Thein, National League for Democracy's (NLD) secretary of central committee for research and strategy studies, claims that the party—NLD—have monitored the activities of everyone from Shan State including U T Khun Myat since 2014 May.
 
His claim was a response to questions and criticisms against NLD choosing T Khun Myat from Union Solidarity and Development Party who has been accused of involvement in drug trades and money laundering.

The future and addiction

Here in Myanmar, we usually say that life has three phases; one to earn knowledge, one to earn wealth and one to find peace before we inevitably kick the bucket.

We have all been young once so we fully understand the alluring seduction of curiosity of the children since everything is new to them. It is with what we do with the curiosity and where our decision takes us that shape how we look, how we think and how we communicate with the rest of the world.

Yangon’s battle against strife

The ex-capital city – Yangon, the definitive major business hub of Myanmar has a lot to live up to its literal meaning – “End of Strife”.

The bustling city was just a mere 80 square kilometers large in 1988 but by the year 2000, it grew to 240 square kilometers – almost 3 times the size – and by 2014, the total area according to the Yangon City Development Council (YCDC) reached 306 Square Kilos.

Tussle over "Tu Po" Terminology

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A controversy sparked when the Carlsberg Group imprints the word “Tu Po” on their Tuborg beer cans and bottles and distributes them in Myanmar.

Tu Po is the name of a famous Thingyan Water Festival-themed song written by an acclaimed composer, Myoma Nyein, in 1940. The word and the festival have become synonymous for more than seven decades in Myanmar.

The Threat of Neo-Seik Phwars

“It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who weild it and fear of the scourge of power corrupt those who are subject to it. Most Burmese are familiar with the four A-gati, the four kinds of corruption. Chanda-gati, corruption induced by desire, is deviation from the right path in pursuit of bribes or for the sake of those one loves. Dosa-gati is taking the wrong path to spite those against whom one bears ill will, and Moga-gati is aberration due to ignorance.

Behind battles, resources, economy, lack of peace…

The Union Peace Conference (UPC) will be held on January 12. A total of 700 representatives have been invited to it. The conference reminds me of the National Convention.

The National Convention was held on January 9, 1993. The UPC is on January 12.

The convention gathered 702 representatives, and the UPC, 700.

Eight groups of representatives attended the convention; five will show up at the UPC.

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