Sustainable Livelihoods Behind Street Vending in Thailand

When people talk about sustainable development there is rarely any mention of the many street vendors who make a living on streets in Thailand, as across the rest of Asia.  []In January it was reported that the Thai authorities had arrested over 1,600 illegal migrants, mainly ...

Kalinga Seneviratne

Second 21st-century Panglong conference to begin on May 24

The Joint Implementation Coordination Meeting between the government and signatory groups, participants agreed to hold the Second 21st Century Panglong Conference beginning on May 24. The agreement was reached during a meeting in Nay Pyi Taw on April 24 between the government, Tatmadaw officials and armed ...

Cambodia improves human development index

Cambodia’s improvements on human development are the biggest in the region, but standards of living still lag behind neighboring nations, United Nations Development Program figures have shown. The UNDP’s Human Development Index in 2015, which was published on March 21, showed Cambodians’ health, education and ...

Phongsaly's charms attracting more visitors

The number of visitors to Phongsaly province is rising steadily, with a significant jump from the more than 82,000 people recorded in 2015 to 103,583 visitors in 2016. The province’s tourism section is confident this trend will continue and is predicting at least 110,000 visitors ...

Saving Vietnam's floating markets

Amid mighty rivers and dense mangroves, the busy floating markets in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta have long shaped the delta’s well-known “water civilization.” As many as a dozen floating markets still remain along major waterways around the delta, where boats, houses, and markets float upon the ...

New Bagan guide map in the works

Visitors will find their way around the Bagan ancient cultural zone with greater ease soon with the local tourism authority working on a guide map. The map would be given to visitors to make their trip more convenient, said Bagan Tourism Development assistant project manager ...

The magic in Myanmar's numbers

Societies often treat numbers with care, even reverence. They may be mystical, magical, symbolic or simply a mnemonic tool. During World War II, the combination of the safe in the German Embassy in Turkey was Hitler’s birthday. Many years ago, the combination code of the ...

DPM offers measures for Xekong to pursue robust growth

Xekong provincial authorities were told to translate the government’s measures, outlined to boost 2017 socio-economic development, into the province’s planning and projects to drive local growth and improve people’s livelihoods. Deputy Prime Minister Dr Sonexay Siphandone, during his working trip to the province last week, ...

Wa State suffers as fewer Chinese come to party

In a remote casino in northeastern Burma, China’s pervasive campaign against graft has taken its toll. Hundreds of local traders and farmers place petty bets as low as 10 cents, outnumbering a few Chinese who were once the VIPs of a gambling hall decorated with ...

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