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Army general among Thais convicted of human trafficking

Lt Gen Manas Kongpaen arrives at the Criminal Court on Nov 10, 2015. (AP file photo) A Thai army general was one of the most prominent figures found guilty Wednesday in a major human trafficking trial that included more than 103 defendants accused of involvement in a modern-day slavery trade. All the defendants were charged with human trafficking and pleaded not guilty. Lt Gen Manas Kongpaen was convicted of several offences involving trafficking and taking bribes in the case involving migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh that has been likened to a modern-dayRead More

Myanmar’s 1st MMA champ Aung La N Sang: ‘I’m no politician, but I fight for my people’

SINGAPORE: Aung La N Sang feels good. “Amazing”, even, with barely a week having passed since he was crowned Myanmar’s first-ever mixed martial arts (MMA) champion. On June 30, willed on by a thunderous Yangon home crowd, the 32-year-old underdog stunned his undefeated opponent to capture the middleweight title belt of ONE Championship, Asia’s largest promotion. While the historic feat cemented his status as arguably his country’s most famous athlete, it has also revived interest in his political views. It is a subject which quickly reverses N Sang’s otherwise genialRead More

Protests greet Malaysian ship carrying aid for Rohingya

YANGON • A Malaysian ship, carrying aid for thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled a bloody army crackdown, arrived in Yangon yesterday, where it was met by nationalist protesters. Health workers and activists went on board the Nautical Aliya as it docked at Thilawa port, near Myanmar’s commercial capital, carrying food, medical aid and clothing. The country’s social welfare minister was among a delegation meeting the ship, which has been at the centre of a rare diplomatic spat between Myanmar and fellow Asean member Malaysia. Outside the docking area,Read More

Myanmar sends envoy to Bangladesh as Rohingya crisis deepens

YANGON/DHAKA: A special envoy of Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi will begin top-level talks in Bangladesh on Wednesday (Jan 11), as the United Nations said the Rohingya crisis prompted 65,000 people to flee Myanmar for Bangladesh in the past three months. Kyaw Tin, Myanmar’s deputy minister of foreign affairs, will make a three-day visit to the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka, in a rare diplomatic foray to tackle the biggest challenge facing Nobel Peace laureate Suu Kyi’s nine-month old administration.  The stream of new refugees, and reports that Myanmar’s navyRead More

Singapore is the 28th most generous country in the world, its best ever showing in World Giving Index

Myanmar has been named the most generous country in the world for the third consecutive year, according to the latest Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) World Giving Index. The annual index, which compiled an average of 1,000 responses each from 140 countries, looked at three major yardsticks: helping strangers, donating money and volunteering time. Singapore, meanwhile, climbed up six spots from the previous year to 28th – its best ever showing since the index was launched in 2010. The Republic improved on two fronts: helping strangers and donating. Half of theRead More

Singapore and Myanmar announce visa exemption for 30-day trips

NAYPYITAW – From Dec 1, Singaporeans travelling to Myanmar for short trips will no longer need to apply for a visa. Myanmar nationals visiting Singapore will also not have to apply for a Singapore visa under a 30-day visa exemption announced on Tuesday (June 7). The two countries exchanged diplomatic notes on the visa exemption on Tuesday, on the first day of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s official visit to Myanmar. PM Lee and Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi witnessed the exchange of the diplomatic notes between Singapore’sRead More