After announcing high-profile gas-fired power projects earlier this year, the Ministry of Electricity and Energy is now focusing on a string of hydropower dams – most with Western developers – to meet Myanmar’s growing energy needs.
The Aung Bar Lay lottery generates tens of millions of dollars a year for the state but there are concerns about the overcharging of customers, a few large distributors monopolising tickets and the potential for money laundering.
While conditions at Maubin Computer University have improved significantly since it opened more than a decade ago, staff and students still battle an irregular electricity supply, a broken generator and a lack of internet access.
For the third installment in our travel series focused on wild swimming spots, we venture into the Ayeyarwady Delta to discover floating villages, river islands and a “beach” that comes to life at festival time.
On the night of the World Cup final, while reporting in Mandalay, I suddenly discovered a passionate, unflappable devotion to France. This happened shortly after being invited to watch the match by three backpacker girls from Paris.