Recent Stories Round-Up: Telcos in Myanmar; InMobi, Snapdeal, Facebook in India

It’s been a busy week or so. Here are links to some recent stories I’ve worked on with colleagues, both here in Singapore and in India. Myanmar Tests Foreign Telecom Entrants (March 10): YANGON, Myanmar—When Myanmar’s first foreign telecommunications companies, Qatar’s Ooredoo QSC and Norway’s Telenor ASA, arrived last year, customers lined up for blocks […]

Anasuya’s New Documentary on Myanmar’s Rohingya People

I’m proud to share a documentary produced by Anasuya Sanyal — aka my amazing wife — that recently aired on Singapore’s Channel NewsAsia. It’s about the struggles faced by the Rohingya people of Myanmar and a controversial government program designed to offer them citizenship. The show is called “Between Two Worlds,” and is embedded above […]

AP: ‘Myanmar telecom deal with Qatar firm sparks ire’

The AP reports: Religious tensions engulfing Myanmar spread Friday to the world of big business: Monks and others in the Buddhist-dominated country demanded to know why a lucrative license for a new national mobile phone network had gone to a company from a Muslim nation. There’s more on the deal itself from Bloomberg: Norway’s Telenor […]

‘The New Myanmar’: All 6 episodes of Anasuya’s new show

Last month I mentioned that the first two episodes of “The New Myanmar,” hosted by Anasuya Sanyal — also known as my amazing wife — were available online. The show’s final four episodes have now aired on Channel NewsAsia, as well, and I wanted to embed them here. Again, here are the first two shows: […]

‘The New Myanmar’: First Two Episodes Available Online

I mentioned a few weeks back that Anasuya’s new Channel NewsAsia TV show, “The New Myanmar,” would soon air. Well, the first two episodes have been broadcast, and they’re now available online. Embedded above on online here is episode one, “Artistic Freedom,” about music and the arts in the country. And embedded above on and […]

Anasuya’s New Documentary Series on Myanmar

Here’s the trailer for a new Channel NewsAsia documentary series called “The New Myanmar.” The series is hosted by Anasuya Sanyal, otherwise known as my amazing wife. The first show airs Monday, May 6 from 8:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. Singapore time, and the series runs through June 10. Keep an eye out if you […]

Obama’s State of the Union remarks on Aung San Suu Kyi and Myanmar

President Obama just finished his State of the Union address. I Tweeted his remarks about Myanmar and wanted to share them here as well: 1. Obama: “I saw the power of hope last year in Rangoon – when Aung San Suu Kyi welcomed an American President into the home…” — Newley Purnell (@newley) February 13, […]

NY Times: Journalists who cover Myanmar may have had their email hacked

The New York Times reports today: Several journalists who cover Myanmar said Sunday that they had received warnings from Google that their e-mail accounts might have been hacked by “state-sponsored attackers.” The warnings began appearing last week, said the journalists, who included employees of Eleven Media, one Myanmar’s leading news organizations; Bertil Lintner, a Thailand-based […]

BBC: Thai Officials Reportedly Sold Rohingya Refugees to Human Traffickers

Here’s the BBC’s video report and text piece. Parts of the story seem to have first appeared in Phuket Wan last week. Here’s a Bangkok Post story. Reuters and the AP also have stories. And Saksith Saiyasombut has a post at Asian Correspondent summarizing the news. (Image: BBC.)