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The Ministry of Electric Power and Convalt Energy LLC and ACO Investment Group LCC, the US based investment group, signed MoU to build, operate and transfer of solar power plants in Mandalay Region. The signing ceremony was held at Myanmar International Convention Center-2 in Nay Pyi Taw, yesterday. On the occasion, Union Minister for Electric Power U Khin Maung Soe said the project consists of two 150-megawat solar facilities, one in Na Buai and the other in Wundwin of Mandalay region.

The graduation parade of 1st Intake of Female Military Officer Training was held at the parade grounds of Defense Services (Army) Officers training School (Hmawby) on Thursday. Commander-in-Chief of Defense Services Senior General Thayay Sithu Min Aung Hlaing gave a speech. In his speech, the Senior General said that the newly graduated female officers are going to fully apply their skills and capabilities in the defense and nation building endeavors of the Tatmadaw.

Icelandic Scientists said they are examining several 'cauldrons' found near Bardarbunga volcano, which could potentially be a sign of an eruption. They discovered a four- to six-kilometre line of giant craters or cauldrons - 10 to 15 metres deep and one kilometre wide - on the glacier which covers the giant volcano. "The cauldrons have been formed as a result of melting, possibly a sub-glacial eruption. The alert level for Bardarbunga was downgraded from red to orange on Sunday when the Met Office retracted its claim that an eruption had taken place under the ice.

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations has released its latest economic updates, Thursday, as the ASEAN Economic Ministers Meeting capped off in the capital.ASEAN’s real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth was at 5.1% in 2013, while international merchandise trade and foreign direct investments showed a 1.4% and 7.1% increase respectively.Nominal GDP in 2013 has slightly increased as well. Indonesia remains to be the biggest economy in the region, followed by Thailand and Malaysia.International merchandise trade was at 2.5 trillion US dollars.

Police in Pakistan have named Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as a suspect in a murder case. He is among 21 possible defendants suspected of the killing of 14 demonstrators near Lahore in June. Opposition cleric Tahir ul-Qadri has demanded that Mr Sharif face murder charges and a terrorism probe. Thousands of demonstrators led by populist cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri and politician Imran Khan have been camped outside the parliament building in Islamabad since August 15, demanding the prime minister step down.

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