Furry animals and people in the news! Also we saw lots of stories about economic activity in Burma. For photographic enthusiasts we found some great pics and an opportunity to contribute yourself
Let us know if there’s anything else you heard or read about Burma that could be of interest to our readers!
Two interesting stories from Burma in which the main characters are know for their ‘furriness‘.
After having disappeared in 1948, Burmese cats are being bred again at the Princess resort on Inle lake. „Burmese cats are known to have existed for more than a thousand years. The Burmese royal families kept them as pets and others were revered as temple cats and even oracles”
Paul Gregoire shares an intriguing story on how Burmese punkers every Monday evening distribute food to people living on the streets of Rangoon. They do this as part of the ‘Food not Bombs’ movement.
Several items made it to the news in relation to Burma’s economic development, ranging from small business opportunities to larger events with a nationwide impact.
The ‘National minimum wage committee’ put a proposal forward last month to garment factory owners to install a daily minimum wage of 3,600 Kyat (US$ 3,20) and the proposal has been gathering support from abroad. The long-awaited launch of the Yangon stock exchange has been delayed until after elections.
Burma is getting more and more mobile: Residents and repeat visitors to Rangoon would probably already have noticed that the amount of cell phone owners are sky-rocketing. So much so, that Burma is 3rd globally in additional mobile phone subscribers last quarter. Connected to this, Sovereign Man issued an article on how to make lots of money in Burma. In summary, there are three main ways how to capitalise on the growing market: 1) service local expats, 2) sell local products to the world at international prices and 3) sell global products to the local market. A good example of the latter is Heineken’s opening of new operations in Burma after an absence of 20 years.
In an earlier roundup we mentioned the closure of popular space-sharing location Project Hub, however new investors have stepped up and are keeping the hub open, although with different opening times and fee-structures.
Good news for the growing amount of people riding bicycles in Rangoon: the Insein Bicycle and Parts market is apparently a great place for all your biking needs in Rangoon. If you’re looking at taking the bus on longer routes, this new start-up will make it quicker and easier to get your ticket and avoid having to go to a central point to buy your ticket first.
We had shared some pictures from David Heath’s new book already earlier this year, but some of them came up again in the Daily Mail now with even more pics. Have a look at these beautiful images capturing the Burmese people.
If you’re a keen photographer yourself and would like your best Burma pics to be shared, why not write to the BBC’s Myanmar Direct department who collect traveller’s pics and share them with the wider world.
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