The leader of a Tatmadaw-controlled Border Guard Force in a remote region of Kachin State has emerged as a key player in the global rare earth trade, and has turned the territory under his de facto control into a mining hub at a high environmental cost.
New restrictions on the sale and distribution of oxygen to the public have made it harder to treat COVID-19 patients at home and social welfare groups have warned the rules could result in more preventable deaths.
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Censorship remains a challenge for moviemakers in Myanmar, but the Wathann Film Festival is able to screen uncut productions at the Goethe Institut, one of its two venues this year.
The business community is disappointed that a much-hyped meeting in Nay Pyi Taw failed to discuss solutions for tackling a sluggish economy.