An escalation in fighting between the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army and the Tatmadaw near the town of Mong Ko on the China border has emptied villages, while inflaming longstanding tensions over who controls the area.
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Despite ambitious plans for a development project in Maungdaw aimed at boosting trade with Bangladesh, businesspeople in Rakhine say the state’s economy is in deep trouble and may take years to recover from the unfolding crisis.
Myanmar’s most famous clairvoyant was also greatly admired throughout the region for using her wealth to support a foundation that provides free care to needy people.
Ooredoo is set to launch its mobile money platform M-Pitesan next month after recently receiving a mobile financial services licence. Acting chief executive officer Mr Vikram Sinha tells Frontier’s Thomas Kean about what users can expect, the importance of interoperability with other mobile money provider and how the company plans to roll out the service.