A boycott launched in the wake of the February 1 coup has caused sales of Myanmar Beer to plummet – and may even have wiped US$1 billion off the value of its military-linked parent company.
Sagaing Region residents equipped with single-shot traditional rifles known as “tumi guns” – and in some cases more modern weaponry – are resisting security forces’ attempts to crush anti-coup protests.
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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.