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Lao Airlines re-instates flights to Yangon

Reinhard Hohler, Chiang Mai (09.04.2013)

Lao Airlines re-instates flights to Yangon in Myanmar in October 2013, some 33 years after axing the once unprofitable route.

In the context of connectivity Lao Airlines aims to become the jewel of the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS). The airline already connects the Lao capital Vientiane to Ha Noi and Ho Chi Minh City in Viet Nam, Siem Reap and Phnom Penh in  Cambodia, Bangkok and Chiang Mai in Thailand as well as Kunming and Jinghong in Yunnan/China.


Northern Shan farmers call for Chinese pipelines to be removed from their lands

April 5, 2013

Press release by Shan Community Based Organisations

Northern Shan farmers are submitting demands to Burma’s government today for China’s giant oil and gas pipelines to be removed from their lands immediately, citing rights abuses, poor construction and safety fears.

Confederation of Thailand (SERC) Protect Thailand Labour and Human Rights Defender Andy Hall

Press Release: 3rd April 2013

State Enterprises Workers’ Relations

For more information on this statement, please contact Mr. Savit Kaewvarn (General Secretary, SERC) on +66 863 361110 (Thai language only)

The State Enterprise Workers’ Relations Confederation of Thailand (SERC) is an employee’s confederation combining 45 state enterprise and private sector labour unions with a total membership of over 200, 000 employees. SERC prioritises worker and human rights protection and promotion in both national and international arenas. The situation regarding violations against worker and human rights in Thailand continues increasingly to be in danger, with every day seeing more negative developments, deterioration and new forms of violations. Thai union leaders and Thai unions, alongside huge numbers of migrant workers, are living and working in Thailand together, led by SERC, and are struggling to cope with all these kinds of violations.

Burmese military stokes war in northern Shan State to clear way for Salween dam

Press release by the Shan Sapawa Environmental Organisation

April 1, 2013

The Burmese Army has given an ultimatum to the Shan State Army-North (SSA-N) to clear its troops from the west bank of the Salween River in an area where Chinese companies are planning a mega dam.

Four weeks in Lower Myanmar

Reinhard Hohler, Chiang Mai (30.03.2013)

Having to swallow the bitter pill over the cancellation of a river cruise tour from Bagan to Mandalay on the Ayeyarwady River in the month of February 2013, I decided to explore a little bit of the Thanlwin River in Lower Myanmar instead.

Myanmar shines as shooting star in the world of tourism

Reinhard Hohler, Chiang Mai (25.03.2013)

Some 300 delegates from 13 countries gathered at the Traders Hotel in downtown Yangon on February 27-28, 2013, when Myanmar’s first hospitality and tourism conference was successfully lunched. With tourism figures hitting just over a million in 2012, and numbers set to surge another 30% in 2013, there wasn’t a better time to hold the event that saw investors, developers and operators, as well as government officials and industry leaders, come together to explore and evaluate Myanmar’s potential as a travel destination of Southeast Asia’s last frontier.

Book Launch: Deciphering Myanmar's Peace Process: A Reference Guide

Media invitation

March 18, 2013, 11:00 a.m.

Burma News International (BNI) will launch the book Deciphering Myanmar's Peace Process: A Reference Guide which is an indispensable tool for media and other stakeholders who need the straight facts about the state of the conflicts and peace negotiations. The 184-page book can be used as a manual that presents key aspects of the conflict, including the roots causes, vested interests, the government's peace plan and structure; and key stakeholders—from the ethnic armed groups, to the peace brokers—and personalities.

Railways & Trains

There are many railway projects in planning and already under construction to link up the countries in the Asean region.

This is a positive and necessary step in bringing together neighbouring nations and land transport links are the most important element in the globalization process, especially railways which are permanent and enduring infrastructure, allowing regular services for business people and travellers and the carriage of freight. The opportunity for greater interaction between people of different cultures helps bring about Peace and stability.

Myanmar visa-on-arrival finally expanded

Reinhard Hohler, Chiang Mai (23.02.2013)

According to TTR Wekly in Bangkok, citizens of another 22 countries are now eligible for a visa on arrival, when ariving at Yangon and Mandalay International Airports. The list of eligible countries now totals 48.

The ruling came into effect on February 1, according to Immigration and National Registration Department Assistant Director, U Than Win.

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