BENGALURU, June 3 (Reuters) - India's government has approved Gilead Sciences Inc's antiviral drug remdesivir for emergency use for five doses in treating COVID-19 patients. Remdesivir, which is administered intravenously in hospital, is the first drug to show improvement in COVID-19 patients in formal clinical trials and is at the...

Chaungtha Beach Beckons

This season can generally be called the tourism season. However, people are traveling all the time these days as the country is full of seasonal festivals from concerts and arts festivals in the plains areas to traditional festivals in the mountain ranges to festivals related to historic pagodas. There...

Inle Lake: A Peaceful Place

Inle Lake is a favorite of foreign and local travelers alike. The ecosystem formed around it is attracting more and more visitors. Poems, songs, stories and paintings portraying the beauty of the lake have also contributed to its reputation around the world. For most visitors to Myanmar, the lake ranks...

12 Days on the Silk Road

Charly Wilder (The New York Times) The sky over Tajikistan was a deep deoxygenated blue as we sped through the desolate mountain landscape of the eastern Pamirs. For days we had been driving one of the world’s most treacherous roads, the Pamir Highway, which snakes through the highlands of Tajikistan...
Bangkok-based Siam Commercial Bank (SCB) recently joined forces with the Directorate of Supervision and Inspection (DISI) under the Ministry of Planning and Finance to hold a training event for Myanmar SMEs seeking to export to Thailand. Named the “Practical Guide to Export Myanmar Products to Thailand,” the intensive course covered...

The Quinceañera, Redefined

  Walter Thompson-Hernández (The New York Times) Jayla Sheffield, 15, looked to her left and right. She and six friends, all wearing black shorts, white Nikes and T-shirts with the words “Jayla’s Quince,” paused, ready to kick off a night of festivities with a dance routine they had practiced for months. The...
  I was feeling down on my hometown, a fractured city of appalling inequality out of which has sprung an industry that’s contributed to the ruin of our country — and also, probably, my mind. The quirky tech scene had soured, while the houses had gotten grander and the homelessness...
Ideabox Myanmar announced a community of female technology professionals, students and enthusiasts, ‘Geek Girls,’ has been formed in Myanmar. The objective of Geek Girls Myanmar is to link female IT professionals and enthusiasts together, so as to create greater engagement and female participation within the technology sector as a whole,...
Siddhartha Mitter(New York Times) LUBUMBASHI, Democratic Republic of Congo This hot, dry metropolis may seem an unlikely art center. It is a thousand miles from the capital, Kinshasa, on the southern edge of an enormous, unwieldy country typically associated with wars and other crises. Yet the Lubumbashi Biennial, founded in 2008, recently...

Kalaw On My Mind

  I had not been to Shan State since a childhood visit long ago. Distant memories of the trip created a blur between what I had experienced and the beautiful scenes I saw during the trip. Even the notion of being there was hard to recall. Maybe because I was...