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- BRIEF – Burmese youths join Tokyo U12 footballers
Two Burmese youths born in Japan, selected as goalkeepers for Tokyo’s Under 12 (U12) football team, are now en route to Germany to compete with other young athletes from across the globe. Kaung Zan Mya and Thet Yin Myo are among the 21 players selected from a pool of 900 to represent Japan in the U12 series, held in Berlin from 1-10 August.
- BUSINESS – Viber vies for Burma’s new mobile users
Viber, a free messaging and content-sharing application for mobile users, hopes to expand in Burma as internet penetration increases, representatives told reporters in Rangoon on Wednesday. Viber said that as of 2014, the product now has five million users in Burma -- up from an official estimate of just three in 2011, according to state media. Viber has quickly become a popular communication tool; launched in 2010, the app has more than 370 million users in 193 countries. Earlier this year, Viber was acquired by Japanese tech giant Rakuten.
- BUSINESS – Ooredoo SIM cards sell out in 2 days
Mobile phone SIM cards issued by Ooredoo, which went on sale in Mandalay and Naypyidaw on Tuesday for 1,500 kyat (US$1.50) each, have already sold out, the Qatar-based firm says. Promotional benefits also included 900 minutes of free calls, free SMSs among Ooredoo phone users, and 20MB internet usage.
- BUSINESS – Japanese airline pulls plug on Burma
Japan's All Nippon Airways (ANA) has dropped its plan to buy a 49 percent stake in Burma’s Asian Wings Airways, AFP reported on Thursday. In a statement, ANA said rising competition in Burma was one reason for cancelling the deal. ANA Holdings – the airline's parent company – announced last year that it planned to invest about US$25 million in Asian Wings.
- BUSINESS – CNPC ranked 4th richest firm in the world
China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), which backs the Shwe gas and oil pipelines from the Bay of Bengal to Yunnan, has been named the fourth largest company in the world in the Fortune Global 500 list for 2014. CNPC’s annual revenue is reported as US$432.01 billion, narrowly behind another state-owned Chinese oil and gas producer, Sinopec. US retailer Walmart is listed as the richest firm worldwide ($476.3 billion) with Royal Dutch Shell second.
- BRIEF – Info, Health ministers ‘allowed’ to resign
Information Minister Aung Kyi and Health Minister Pe Thet Khin have resigned, state television announced on Tuesday. President Thein Sein reportedly issued an order granting them permission to step down, in the latest of several ministerial re-appointments. Last month, Religious Affairs Minister Hsan Hsint was sacked by the government and is yet to be replaced. Arakan State Chief Minister Hla Maung Tin also resigned, superseded by Maj-Gen Maung Maung Ohn, former border affairs minister, succeeded by Maj-Gen Tin Aung Chit. Read the full, updated story here.
- BUSINESS – E-Visa for tourists to launch in September
Foreigners will be able to apply online for a visa to visit Burma in September, according to a report by state-run Myanmar News Agency. Immigration Minister Khin Yi said that the E-visa system will take time to implement because it requires setting up online payment channels for visa fees. In the last year, Burma has received roughly two million tourists, and is expecting the number of foreign visitors to reach around three million this year, a projection that agents think is realistic if online visa service can be implemented.
- BRIEF – Unclaimed lottery money totals 7 billion kyat, will go to govt
Minister of Finance Linn Aung told the parliament’s lower house on Monday that unclaimed prize money from the national lottery over the past three years amounted to almost 7 billion kyat, which the government will retain as state funds. The government’s Lottery Department has been reminding unknown lottery winners via newspaper advertisements to collect their prize money within 11 months of striking it rich, or it will be retained by the state.
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