THE MYANMAR TIMES
JULY 21 27, 2014
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On July 13, a cartoonist from Katha in Sagaing Region shared a picture of a strange animal caught by residents of the area.People began to speculate as to exactly what it was, chiming in with internet-assembled opinions. Some suggested it could be a ring-tailed cat, a carnivorous member of the raccoon family. Others thought it might be a palm civet, or a large Indian civet, which is Myanmar is apparently called
(a kind of cat).“A Kachin hunter told that this kind of animal are so clever, are rare and most hunters are afraid of them. They are called Sharlom in Kachin. The reason most hunters are afraid of them is when hunters take aim at animals, there may be more Sharlom at the scene. Immediately after the animals are shot down, before the hunters come and get the dead animal, Sharlom usually runs and gets it,” wrote cartoonist Harjuly.“The meaning of ‘Shar’ is ‘eating’ and of ‘lom’ is ahead in Kachin dialect,” he added.While the debate continued over what species the sharlom was, on the night of July 13 it attempted to escape and in an unfortunate turn of events wound up accidentally hanging itself. It had been detained with a steel chain around its neck, which caught on a spiked fence. There is still no consensus on exactly what it was. If you have any ideas, please feel free to get in touch. You might get to choose its Latin name.
– Additional reporting by Lun Min.
Shwedaung-8 cotton strain harvested in Wetlet Tsp
The model plot of Shwedaung-8 strain pre-monsoon cotton was harvested in the Leinbin village tract of Wetlet township, Sagaing Region, on July 18 – apparently proving something of a coup for farmers, who reaped a handsome yield of some 1400kg per acre. All of this excitement was presided over by the head of Shweboi District Industrial Crops Development Department (SDICDD) U Myint Hlaing and ofﬁcials,
The New Light of Myanmar
reported. The head of district is said to have urged local farmers “to grow more cotton on places where paddy can not be grown”, which is savvy agricultural advice the farmers should duly consider. Why does this deserve a mention? Well, the story ran in the
on July 19 – a date some of you may recognise as Martyrs’ Day, commemorating the 67th anniversary of the assassination of Bogyoke Aung San and six of his cabinet ministers. It’s why there were slightly more cars honking at 10:37 on Saturday morning. This occasion warranted nary a line in the
who are otherwise pretty big on anniversaries.
Tumbleweed on the road to Mandalay
The number of tourists visiting Taung Taman Lake and U Bein Bridge in Mandalay has plummeted since the recent outbreak of violence and imposition of a curfew, according to local tour operators and business owners cited in a report from
last week.While the monsoon season usually sees a corresponding drop-off in tourist numbers, it turns out that forecasts which include not only heavy showers but the possibility of late afternoon pogroms apparently aren’t that good for business. That said, the high-end tourism sector at Ngapali still seems to be doing okay so maybe it is just the rains after all.
North Korean embassy ofﬁcials last week extended an invitation to Myanmar’s Interim Press Council to visit the DPRK in order to learn about the hermit kingdom and meet with domestic media outlets, in an move that rendered satire almost entirely redundant.“If the Press Council is interested it is only for the goodwill between North Korea journalists and Myanmar journalists not in regards to press freedoms,” a Press Council member told NK News.The Council have reportedly called for a meeting with President U Thein Sein to discuss the
verdict and address what they consider to be “intentional oppression against the media industry”.
Mandela’s message lives on
The Facebook event page for Nelson Mandela Day at the Institut Français last week was the lucky recipient of a spam post from a fake Facebook account (the likes of which
The Myanmar Times
gets every now and then), with a user posting the 969 ﬂag and the comment “All right friends”. One can’t help but wonder if a better allocation of time for whoever is behind that particular account would have been to have a sit-down and actually read a bit about Mandela and the sort of stuff he was into – like, not apartheid. In other Facebook- and 969-related news, U Wirathu posted on July 17 that he had been locked out of his account for two days. He regained control of the account, and merrily resumed updates.
Man adamant colonialism is the sole reason for high literacy among older generations in Myanmar, backs this up based on observations made in two months of living in the country “Myanmar Culture Valley” mall development near Shwedagon appears to contain very little in the way of culture Passengers shocked as study proves conclusively that removing seatbelt and standing as soon as plane touches the tarmac at Mingalardon does not make disembarking process go any fasterGlance at Facebook news feed reveals there are more experts on the Israel/Palestine conﬂict than previously thought
Cyclist almost lands perfect 360 ﬂip after taxi driver opens door of moving vehicle to spit betel
This season, tie your
like a man’s
and enjoy being able to take bigger steps forward! This is not a metaphor!
Photo: Htet Aung Kyaw (Studio HAK)
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, July 15, 1971. Stories include “The Last Days of General Aung San” and “When The Two Generals Met in Le Wai”. In the 1930s, Aung San served as one of the editors of the journal.
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