Friday, May 06, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Where top celebrities will be performing over Thingyan

Almost everyone will get a piece of the action, it seems, as Myanmar’s top entertainers spread out this Thingyan from Yangon to Mandalay, Nay Pyi Taw and even Myeik Island.

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Batman v Superman - how did Zack Snyder get that wrong?

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is the newest instalment in DC Comic’s cinematic universe. However, not only does it fail to impress, it should be, and is, considered cinematic drivel.

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Young twin actors make their mark

Their friends distinguish them as Ko Ko, or big brother, and Nyi Lay, or younger brother. But it’s hard to say who is old and young when you’re talking about two of the most promising young actors in Myanmar – who happen to be twins.

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Party for a cause: Sai Sai joins the fight against tuberculosis

On a recent day in the studio, Sai Sai runs his lines, checks his mark and – as the cameraman presses “record” – delivers his performance. But this time it’s no music video or hit single: It’s a commercial for “Unite to End TB”, a national effort to raise awareness about tuberculosis in Myanmar.

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Project monitors social media hate speech

In 2012, Myanmar’s mobile penetration was estimated at just 4 percent. By June 2015, the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology reported it had reached 50pc, a 12-fold increase in just three years.

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Myanmar citizens disregard wealth as a main source of happiness

The World Happiness Report 2016 reported Myanmar as one of the least happy countries the planet in March, ranking The Golden Land 119th out of 156 countries – but some in Myanmar have taken issue with the parameters.

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Art flourishes in Hmawbi school

Hmawbi, a township northwest of Yangon city, comprises both a small village and the Myaung Dagar industrial zone, Yangon’s steel factory centre.

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Port Autonomy to close doors, switch venues

Both Port Autonomy, and its neighbour, La Carovana, are to close down on April 10, in what is another major reshuffle of Pun + Projects’ ventures.

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Academy Awards wrap up ceremony

Lights, camera and all the expected action went down April 3 at the 2014-15 Myanmar Motion Picture Academy Awards ceremony, with 18 awards being delivered to the country’s top performers.

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Will the traditional Salone spirit-worshipping festival gradually disappear?

The offerings are enticing: fish crackers, chocolate and a bowl of whiskey mixed with turtle blood. And the songs the women sing, in the dying tongue of the Salone, are meant to persuade the spirits to continue to extend their protection to the dwindling band of the faithful.

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