TWANTE, Myanmar — When the bullock carts lugging passengers and produce pulled into Yangon, coated in the umber dust of the countryside, the people on board, if not the oxen, used to be able to count on refreshment. On many a street corner, often under a shade tree, stood what looked like a dollhouse on stilts. Inside was a rotund clay pot covered by a triangle of woven leaves. The pot held drinking water. Cool without refrigeration, sweet with the taste of earth, nothing slaked the insistent thirst of the tropics better, according to some residents of Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city. “I only drink water from a clay pot,” said Ma Aye Aye Thein, as she sat on a plastic stool and occasionally fanned herself. “I feel hot when I drink from plastic.” The gifted water was also a welcome reminder of the hospitality of strangers in a period when trust was in short supply. During the height of the military dictatorship that ruled Myanmar for nearly 50 … [Read more...] about Water, Water Everywhere Quenched Myanmar’s Thirst. Then the Clay Pots Disappeared.
With three matches down and one to go in the group stage of the 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup, Malaysia are where they expected to be in Group A. They collected six points from the opening two wins over Cambodia and Laos and then lost in Vietnam, the strongest team in their half of the 10-team tournament. So it all comes down to the final game with Myanmar in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday, as many thought it would. Unfortunately, a draw will not be enough (except in the very unlikely event that group leaders Vietnam lose heavily to Cambodia) -- only a win is sure to take the Harimau Malaya leaping into the last four. While a final place is the official target, a spot in the semifinals will be seen as acceptable. That is because this Malaysia team, still a work in progress after some unstable years, is good enough to beat the weaker parts of Southeast Asia but have some way to go to consistently challenge the top teams in the region such as Thailand and Vietnam. In the opening two games, Malaysia had … [Read more...] about Malaysia’s AFF Cup game against Myanmar a do-or-die clash
YANGON: Accessing everything from Wikipedia to Google Maps in Myanmar is about to get a lot easier when it finally adopts the universal code underpinning phone and online communication next week.Tech experts say the move to bring the country more in step with the rest of the digital world is crucial, but will cause "chaos" in a rocky transition period.Myanmar is the last nation to embrace Unicode that has significant numbers of people online. Without it, most users see international content - and a lot from within the country - as lines of meaningless symbols.Household name websites can be impossible to read while translation and voice recognition software do not work.Oct 1 is "U-Day", when Myanmar officially adopts the new system. From then on, all electronic communication from government offices, telecoms companies, banks and media must be in Unicode by law.Myanmar became a global code anomaly due to isolation under its former military rule.Microsoft and Apple helped other … [Read more...] about Code War: Myanmar’s final digital battle ends
In Myanmar, it has been almost four years since a so-called Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement was signed between ethnic rebel armies and the government. But there is still no sign of lasting peace. Some groups are refusing to sign the document, including what is regarded as East Asiaâs largest non-state army, which runs an isolated state on the borders with China and Thailand. Â Al Jazeera's Wayne Hay takes a rare look at the secretive Wa State. … [Read more...] about Myanmar: No sign of lasting peace in Wa State
UNITED NATIONS (AP) - Wary of international interference, Myanmar insisted Saturday it wants Rohingya Muslim refugees who fled to neighboring Bangladesh repatriated to their former homes so they can live in a “more conducive environment” than the one they left. But it said such a relocation must take place under controlled conditions. Kyaw Tint Swe, Myanmar’s minister for the office of the state counselor, said in his nation’s address at the U.N. General Assembly that Myanmar is working with Bangladesh and the U.N. to find “long-term and practical solutions” to bring home some of the more than 740,000 Rohingya in the country’s Rakhine state, which borders Bangladesh. “We fully share the concern of the international community over the violence that affects communities in Rakhine,” Kyaw Tint Swe said. “Our priority now is to expedite repatriation and to create a more conducive environment for verified returnees.” He also … [Read more...] about Myanmar: Repatriate Rohingya to ‘more conducive environment’