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(Sports) Torch set on fire for opening ceremony of SEA Games in Myanmar

(Sports) Torch set on fire for opening ceremony of SEA Games in Myanmar NAY PYI TAW, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- A torch has been set on fire at Yangon's Thuwunna Indoor Stadium and is on the way to Nay Pyi Taw, 320 km north of Yangon, for the official opening of the 27th Southeast Asia Games scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. (local time) in the capital's 30,000-seat Wunna Theikdi Stadium on Wednesday. Legendary SEA Games medalists from decades ago to the present day will carry the torch in relays from Yangon to Nay Pyi Taw by motor vehicles.

(Sports) Myanmar football academy nurtures outstanding footballers

(Sports) Myanmar football academy nurtures outstanding footballers YANGON, Dec. 7 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar Football Academy nurtured outstanding footballers by spending 7.3 million kyats (7,45 million U.S. dollars on training each football trainee for three years at Mandalay Academy, according to the academy Saturday. About 2.6 million Kyats each was spent on training of each trainee for the first and second year respectively.

Five more new int'l hotels opened in Nay Pyi Taw for SEA games

Five more new int'l hotels opened in Nay Pyi Taw for SEA games YANGON, Nov. 28 (Xinhua) -- Five more new international standard hotels were opened in Nay Pyi Taw aimed at facilitating accommodations for the athletes and visitors in 27th SEA Games to be hosted by Myanmar in December, official media reported Thursday. Hotels including Mingalarthiri Hotel, Excel Capital Hotel, Mann Myanmar hotel, New Ayeyar Hotel and Jade City Hotel were officially opened on Wednesday, said the New Light of Myanmar.

71 absconders for instigating riot wanted in Myanmar

71 absconders for instigating riot wanted in Myanmar YANGON, Nov. 27 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar authorities is hunting for 71 absconders who were charged with instigating September riot in Thandwe, western Rakhine state, state media reported Wednesday. The authorities have initially punished 34 suspects for killing seven people and committing arson to houses in the riot. The 34 suspects confessed to committing the crime in the incident, while some others, who were not found guilty, have been released.

Myanmar looks to private firms to improve dire air safety record

By Jared Ferrie and Aung Hla Tun YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar aims to lure private companies to upgrade and run nearly half its airports in a bid to spruce up its poor record on air safety and support a fast-growing tourism industry, officials said on Tuesday. Myanmar has an air accident rate nine times the world average, aviation authorities say, and there are fears the figure could rise as the government aggressively expands the industry and private airlines add flights in a growing economy.

Myanmar police say bomb caused Yangon hotel blast

Police in Myanmar confirmed on Tuesday that a blast at a luxury hotel in Yangon that wounded a US guest was caused by a bomb. "It was a time bomb. It was attached to a clock," said a police official who visited the scene of the explosion, which happened late on Monday at the Traders Hotel. Officials said they had detained a man who previously stayed in the hotel room where the blast occurred for questioning. "The man who stayed there before the American family at the Traders Hotel was arrested as a suspect," a second police official said.

Suspected bomb blast at Myanmar hotel, one wounded

A suspected bomb blast shook a luxury hotel in Myanmar's main city Yangon late on Monday, leaving one US guest slightly wounded, police said. It was the latest in a series of mysterious bomb explosions in the former military-ruled country that have left two people dead and several wounded in recent days. "An American woman who was staying inside the room was injured during the blast," according to a police official at the scene of the explosion at the Traders Hotel who did not want to be named.

Suspected bomb blast at Myanmar hotel, one wounded

A suspected bomb blast shook a luxury hotel in Myanmar's main city Yangon late on Monday, leaving one US guest slightly wounded, police said. "An American woman who was staying inside the room was injured during the blast," according to a police official at the scene of the explosion at the Traders Hotel who did not want to be named. "We assume that it was a bomb blast but we are still trying to find out more information," he told AFP. The woman was taken to the Yangon General Hospital with wounds to her thigh and her hand, the official said.

Special Report: Myanmar old guard clings to $8 billion jade empire

By Andrew R.C. Marshall and Min Zayar Oo HPAKANT, Myanmar (Reuters) - Tin Tun picked all night through teetering heaps of rubble to find the palm-sized lump of jade he now holds in his hand. He hopes it will make him a fortune. It's happened before. "Last year I found a stone worth 50 million kyat," he said, trekking past the craters and slag heaps of this notorious jade-mining region in northwest Myanmar. That's about $50,000 - and it was more than enough money for Tin Tun, 38, to buy land and build a house in his home village.

Myanmar turns border with Thailand into gateway for foreign tourists

Myanmar will on Wednesday turn four border checkpoints with Thailand into gateways for international visitors, immigration officials said Tuesday. Starting 8 a.m. Wednesday, any foreign national holding a valid passport with a valid entry visa issued by Myanmar will be allowed to enter and exit the country through the border checkpoints at Tachileik-Mae Sai, Myawady-Mae Sot, Kawthoung-Ranong and Htee Khee-Punaron, they said.
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