same reason as why i re-created the lao thread
last update in myanmar forumSouth Korean consortium to build power plant in Yangon
By Stuart Deed
Volume 32, No. 630
June 11 - 17, 2012
YANGON is set to receive improved electricity supply in the future following an agreement signed between the government and a South Korean consortium to build a gas-fired power plant outside Yangon last week.
South Korea’s BKB Consortium, Korea Western Power Co and Hyundai Engineering and Construction Co Ltd signed a deal with the Yangon Electricity Supply Board to build a 500-megawatt gas-fired power plant on June 3, the state-run New Light of Myanmar newspaper reported the following day.
Union Minister for Electric Power 2 U Khin Maung Soe attended the meeting, which included high-ranking officials from the companies concerned and took place at the Yangon City Electricity Supply Board headquarters in Ahlone township.
However, the report did not say when the project would begin, when it was expected to be finished or where the natural gas would be sourced from.
The reports said the parties signed a memorandum of agreement to build a 500MW natural gas-fuelled power plant in Yangon’s Thaketa township. The plant will be built under a build, operate and transfer joint venture agreement between the ministry, BKB Consortium and Hexa International Co.
..China to bring tourists to the top of the Golden Triangle area
Tuesday, 03 July 2012 12:21 Mizzima News
China is making a major push to upgrade the tourist infrastructure in the region where China touches Burma and Laos and the Mekong River flows south into the Golden Triangle. The latest venture is to attract 15.5 million tourists to Xishuangbanna, a mountainous tropical region.
The plan is to boost services annually that would attract the tourists, including 500,000 foreign tourists, by 2015, a local official told Xinhua news agency.
Lu Yonghe, the deputy head of Xishuangbanna Dai autonomous prefecture, which borders Burma and Laos to its south, said the government plans to make Xishuangbanna a major resort region in southwest China. Roads and express highways in the area are already modernized.
Xishuangbanna is part of a large tropical virgin forest that covers southwest China’s Yunnan Province and northern Burma and Laos. It is home to diverse plant and animal life including endangered Asian elephants, but tourist infrastructure is relatively poor in the region.
Still, more than 10 million domestic tourists and 290,000 foreign tourists visited Xishuangbanna in 2011.
In the next five years, plans call for establishing 10 top tourist destinations and to attract more than 10 globally recognized hotel chains, officials said.
Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture is located at the southern tip of Yunnan Province. It shares a boundary of 966 kilometers (619 miles) with Burma and Laos in the east, south and west, and is a gateway from China to Southeast Asia by land. It is the home of the Dai ethnic group and was known as "Mengbanaxi" in ancient times, a name that means a miraculous utopia, and is home to 12 other ethnic minorities.
Located in the south extension of the Hengduan Mountains, more than 95 per cent of its territory is mountainous and hilly. Jinghong City is the major southern city. The Lancang River runs through the prefecture and when it passes through Laos and Thailand it is called the Mekong River.
..Bangkok Airways Shelves Planned 4th Daily Yangon Service due Dec 2012
Update at 0820GMT 05JUL12
As per 05JUL12 GDS timetable and inventory display, Bangkok Airways has cancelled its plan to add 4th daily service on Bangkok – Yangon route, due to start from 01DEC12. The airline remains on track to introduce 3rd daily flight from 15SEP12.
PG701 BKK0905 – 0955RGN 320 D
PG703 BKK1705 – 1755RGN 320 D
PG705 BKK2015 – 2130RGN AT7 D
PG706 RGN0715 – 0930BKK AT7 D
PG702 RGN1045 – 1240BKK 320 D
PG704 RGN1845 – 2040BKK 320 D
PG701/702 operates with A319 till 30NOV12
The first movie to play in Myanmar in more than a decade will be Titanic 3-D, Twentieth Century Fox has annouced.
The film will open on Saturday, August 17 in the Southeast Asian nation formerly known as Burma after Fox made an agreement with Mingalar Co, a local importer that operates eight single-screen cinemas in the country.
It will be the first American movie to be seen in “decades”, according to a statement by Fox.
Since the 2010 election where the dissident human rights activist Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy party were permitted to run, Myanmar has begun a series of reforms. They are intended to push the country away from military dictatorship and towards becoming a liberal democracy.
Titanic has never been seen in the country, which was closed to foreign films when the original love story, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet as doomed lovers, came out in 1997.
Titanic 3-D has been a huge hit internationally, generating $287 million worldwide since it was released in April.
The biggest demand has come from China, which borders Myanmar, where cinemas grossed more than half of the global total, at $146 million.
“Twentieth Century Fox International is proud to be a pioneer in entering emerging markets and working with local businesses to further develop these endeavors,” the studio’s international co-presidents, Tomas Jegeus and Paul Hanneman, said in a statement published by The Los Angeles Times.
“We have noted with great interest the reforms taking place in Burma under [President] Thein Sein and look forward to visiting our newest territory when we travel [to] Asia later this year.”
Fox handles overseas releasing for the film, which it co-produced with Paramount Pictures.
Parkson is heading Myanmar. Under big construction in Yangon 01 November 2012