The National Library of Australia is now subscribing to a variety of Burmese weekly and monthly serials, including popular news journals Flower News and 7 Day News; government publications like Shwe Nainggan (сА▒сАЫсВКсВПсАнсАпсАДсА╣сАДсА╢) and the USDA’s Greenery Golden Land (сАЕсАнсАЩсА╣сА╕сАЬсА▓сА╖сА▒сАЫсВКсА╗сАХсАКсА╣); crime serials Shu Htaunt (сВРсВИсА▒сАСсАмсАДсА╣сА╖) and Phyit Yat Hman (сА╗сАЦсАЕсА╣сАЫсАХсА╣сАЩсА╜сАФсА╣); variety serials Popular Journal, Myawaddy (сА╗сАЩсАЭсАРсАо), Mahaythi (сАЩсА▒сАЯсАЮсАо), and more.

Recent reports in Flower News and 7 Day News include:

  • Burma is among the list of nations expected to suffer the worst consequences of global warming.
  • Coco Island, which in World War II housed a Japanese army base and during the Ne Win era held political prisoners, will be opened up for academic research and eco-tourism.
  • The family of a girl who died due to medical malpractice have agreed to compensation from the Shwegondine Specialist Clinic, where she had gone for treatment in November, after the managing director and other senior staff had come to the family’s house to ask them to make a settlement.
  • Eight fisheries companies have been authorized to start exporting to the European Union.
  • The water level of the Irrawaddy River has fallen low, forcing ferry services to set up temporary piers on sand bars and banks.
  • Authorities in Mandalay are taking legal action against a trafficking gang that physically abused children and forced them to beg at the train station, markets and other busy areas of the city.
  • Preparations are underway to host the 2013 SEA Games at Naypyidaw, including the construction of a new 30,000-seat stadium.
  • Private institutions will be allowed to begin operating on the national curriculum from the 2010-11 school year.
  • And, various interviews and analysis pieces anticipating a general election in 2010.

Current publications are available at the reading room, third floor (Asian Collections), National Library of Australia, Canberra. Materials are also available to readers through interlibrary loan. And if you want to read the Burmese script in this post (and on many other Burmese websites) the font can be downloaded here (although please note that the font may only display, in this case, when using Explorer…).

[This post is provided by the National Library of Australia as part of our Book Zone feature. For further information on the featured publications contact Nick Cheesman at [email protected]]