Fifty Viss

a collection of thoughts and writings on Burma

8 Ericsson-produced shorts on Burma

In April this year, Norwegian telecoms company Telenor signed a 5-year contract with Ericsson, a Swedish telecommunications equipment firm, as Telenor’s network distribution supplier and for multivendor managed services (link). … Continue reading

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Membership of the Pyithu Hluttaw: A Demographic Profile

Since the election of the 330 odd Pyithu Hluttaw (People’s Assembly) representatives (MP’s) two years ago, I haven’t seen much in the actual composition of Burma’s lower house, a look … Continue reading

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Alcohol in the Theravada Buddhist context

This is the second installment on Alcohol and the Theravada Buddhist World. Theravada? Theravada Buddhism is often dubbed the most orthodox of the Buddhist sects, especially as it is the … Continue reading

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Part 4: Burmese personal names – Female names

This is the fourth in a 4 part installment on Burmese personal names – [1] Introduction | [2] Miscellany | [3] Male Names | [4] Female Names. Burmese personal names: … Continue reading

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Google Glass Diaries in Burma

I actually stumbled across a series of interesting short videos filmed in Burma using Google Glass, which captures their movements in first person view, through their own eyes. The ~ … Continue reading

13 July 2014 · Leave a comment

A preface of sorts: examining alcohol consumption in Burma and beyond

My curiosity into this topic was first piqued when I saw an infographic on Facebook that ranked alcohol consumption among ASEAN countries: Burma was second to last, only rivaled by … Continue reading

12 July 2014 · 1 Comment

Bureaucratic bloat: Bigger is not better

The Thein Sein administration is planning to expand its ministerial portfolio, bringing that total up to 32 (a listing as of March 2014 can be found here). In late May, one of Thein Sein’s ministers, … Continue reading

22 June 2014 · 1 Comment

Palace intrigues: More than a Buddhist monastery dispute gone sour?

This post was updated on June 22, 2014 to reflect recent developments. A few evenings ago, a headline on BBC Burmese caught my eyes: “Santisukha monks disrobed, to be prosecuted” (သန္တိသုခ … Continue reading

15 June 2014 · 2 Comments

Part 3: Burmese personal names – Male names

This is the third in a 4 part installment on Burmese personal names — [1] Introduction | [2] Miscellany | [3] Male Names | [4] Female Names. Burmese personal names: … Continue reading

1 June 2014 · 12 Comments

Part 2: Burmese personal names – Miscellany

This is the 2nd in a 4 part installment on Burmese personal names — [1] Introduction | [2] Miscellany | [3] Male Names | [4] Female Names. Burmese personal names: … Continue reading

31 May 2014 · 12 Comments

Part 1: Burmese personal names – Introduction

This is the first in a 4 part installment on Burmese personal names – [1] Introduction | [2] Miscellany | [3] Male Names | [4] Female Names. Burmese personal names: … Continue reading

28 May 2014 · 6 Comments

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