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    James Chean

    James Kok Ying Chean (Born April 27, 1962 in Burma, now known as Myanmar) is a filmmaker in Los Angeles, California, USA, comes from a large family of artists in the 70's. He started as a stunt man and cinematographer in Hong Kong. He is now a well regarded director and producer, living in Los Angeles, CA. His latest directorial feature film Alibi (2007 film) was completed late 2007. It stars Joe Estevez and Marie Zielcke. Other Chean directing films include Silent Scream (1999. TV star Dana Plato's last film) and producer credits include Young Man Kang's The Last Eve (2005) and Soap Girl (2002). James Chean is one of the executive producers of The Singer Down Stairs (2007). He makes a cameo appearance in the final scene of Charlie's Death Wish (2005).
    9.09
    54 votes
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    Thein Sein

    Thein Sein

    Thein Sein (Burmese: သိန်းစိန် [θéɪɴ zèɪɴ]; born 20 April 1945) is a Burmese politician and former military figure who has been president of Burma (Myanmar) since March 2011. Previously, he was Prime Minister from 2007 until 2011. He is generally considered to be a moderate and reformist in the new government. Thein Sein was born in Kyonku, British Burma (now Myanmar), a small village in what is now Ngapudaw Township in the Irrawaddy delta to parents Maung Phyo (father) and Khin Nyunt (mother). He was the youngest of three children. His parents were landless, and his father made a living carrying cargo at the river jetty and weaving bamboo mats. Thein Sein graduated from the 9th intake of the Defense Services Academy in 1968. Throughout Thein Sein's four-decade-long military career, he was considered a bureaucrat, not a combat soldier. In 1988, he served as a major for Sagaing Division's 55th Light Infantry Division and later served as a commander for Sagaing Division's 89th Infantry Battalion in Kalay Township. The following year, he studied at the Command and General Staff College in Kalaw, Shan State. By 1991, he had returned to Yangon, after being promoted to the rank of
    8.14
    22 votes
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    Lay Phyu

    Lay Phyu (Burmese: လေးဖြူ, pronounced: [lé bjù]; born 19 May 1965) is a Burmese rock vocalist/guitarist. He rose to fame with his debut album Gandarya Lamin (Desert Moon). Biography Lay Phyu was born in May 19, 1965 in Inlay Lake, Shan State, Myanmar, according the source. He graduated from Mandalay University with an English Major where he met Y Wine, one of the famous singers from Iron Cross Music band (a renowned music band in Myanmar). Starting from his first music album, he joined the "Iron Cross" band, which is originally founded by Saw Byot Muu, a famous Karen guitarist in the history of Myanmar (Burma). Later, Chit San Maung became the lead guitarist after Saw Byot Muu died. Since the beginning, Lay Phyu was quite successful in his first album and got the most fans in the world of Myanmar rock music. Today, Lay Phyu still enjoys composing music with Iron Cross Music Band for more than 15 years. Other band members include Ah Nge (Lay Phyu's younger brother), Myo Gyi, Zaw Paing, Y Wine and R Zarni. In 2007, when Cyclone Nargis struck the South Western regions of Myanmar, Iron Cross as well as many other famous artists formed a collaboration of songs as to raise funds to help
    7.00
    21 votes
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    U Nu

    U Nu (Burmese: ဦးနု; pronounced: [ʔú nṵ]; also Thakin Nu; 25 May 1907 – 14 February 1995) was a leading Burmese nationalist and political figure of the 20th century. He was the first Prime Minister of Burma under the provisions of the 1947 Constitution of the Union of Burma, from 4 January 1948 to 12 June 1956, again from 28 February 1957 to 28 October 1958, and finally from 4 April 1960 to 2 March 1962. He was born to U San Tun and Daw Saw Khin of Wakema, Myaungmya District, British Burma. He attended Myoma High School in Yangon. In 1929 he got a B.A. from Rangoon University. In 1935 he married Mya Yi while entering the exam of LLB. His political life started as president of the Rangoon University Students Union (RUSU) with Aung San as the secretary. They were both expelled from the university after writing an article, Hell Hound Turned Loose, that appeared in the union magazine. Their expulsion sparked off the second university students' strike in February 1936. Both became members of the nationalist Dobama Asiayone (We Burmans Association) which had been formed in 1930 and henceforth gained the prefix Thakin ('Master'), proclaiming they were the true masters of their own land.
    8.14
    14 votes
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    U Thant

    U Thant

    U Thant (/ˌuː ˈθɑːnt/; Burmese: ဦးသန္႔; MLCTS: u:san.; Burmese pronunciation: [ʔú θa̰ɴ]; January 22, 1909 – November 25, 1974) was a Burmese diplomat and the third Secretary-General of the United Nations, from 1961 to 1971. He was chosen for the post when his predecessor, Dag Hammarskjöld, died in September 1961. "U" is an honorific in Burmese, roughly equal to "Mr". "Thant" was his only name. In Burmese he was known as Pantanaw U Thant, in reference to his home town of Pantanaw. Thant was born in Pantanaw, Lower Burma, and was educated at the National High School in Pantanaw and at University College, Rangoon, where he studied history. He was the eldest of four sons and was born into a family of well-to-do landowners and rice merchants. His father, Po Hnit, had helped establish The Sun (Thuriya) newspaper in Rangoon and had been educated in Calcutta, British India. He was also a founding member of the Burma Research Society. U Thant's father, according to Thant Myint-U (U Thant's grandson), had both Buddhist and Muslim forebears. His father died when Thant was fourteen, and a series of inheritance disputes forced Thant's mother, Nan Thaung, and her four children into difficult
    6.63
    16 votes
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    Zaw One

    Zaw One (Burmese: ဇော်ဝမ်း; IPA: [zɔ̀ wáɴ]; born Thaung Dan; 17 July 1945 – 12 August 2009) was a Burmese actor and singer. He was famous as Thingyan Minthar Gyi in Myanmar. Zaw One was born Thaung Dan on 17 July 1945, in Mandalay, son of Mya Mya and "Taingchit" Thakin Thein Pe. He attended Taingchit High School in Mandalay. He received singing lessons from Bo Kin, founder of the Moe Kaythi Amateur Band, and later sang with the band. He then studied acting with Shumawa U Kyaw, a famous director. Zaw One made many films. His first role was in Chwe Ka Lay So So, directed by Shumawa U Kyaw. The film Say Lo Yar Say made him famous. He was particularly famous for the film Thingyan Moe. He also made a few albums as a singer. He died on 12 August 2009, from liver disease in Yangon. He was survived by his wife Thant Shwe Zin Win, four children, and nine grandchildren.
    7.18
    11 votes
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    Aung San

    Aung San

    Bogyoke (General) Aung San (Burmese: အောင်ဆန်း; MLCTS: buil hkyup aung hcan:, pronounced: [bòdʑoʊʔ àʊɴ sʰáɴ]); 13 February 1915 – 19 July 1947) was a Burmese revolutionary, nationalist, and founder of the modern Burmese army (Tatmadaw), and considered to be the Father of (modern-day) Burma. He was a founder of the Communist Party of Burma and was instrumental in bringing about Burma's independence from British colonial rule in Burma, but was assassinated six months before independence. He is recognized as the leading architect of independence, and the founder of the Union of Burma. Affectionately known as "Bogyoke" (General), Aung San is still widely admired by the Burmese people, and his name is still invoked in Burmese politics to this day. Aung San had a daughter, Aung San Suu Kyi, who is a recipient of a Nobel Peace and a Burmese politician. Aung San was born to U Pha, a lawyer, and his wife Daw Suu in Natmauk, Magway District, in central Burma on 13 February 1915. His family was already well known in the Burmese resistance movement; his great uncle Bo Min Yaung fought against the British annexation of Burma in 1886. Aung San received his primary education at a Buddhist
    7.70
    10 votes
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    Alaungpaya

    Alaungpaya (Burmese: အလောင်းဘုရား, pronounced: [ʔəláʊɴ pʰəjá]; also spelled Alaunghpaya; 24 September 1714 – 11 May 1760) was king of Burma (Myanmar) from 1752 to 1760, and the founder of the Konbaung Dynasty. By his death in 1760, the former chief of a small village in Upper Burma had reunified all of Burma, subdued Manipur, recovered Lan Na, and driven out the French and the English who had given help to the Restored Hanthawaddy Kingdom. He also founded Yangon in 1755. He died from illness during his campaign in Siam. He is considered one of the three greatest kings of Burma, alongside Anawrahta and Bayinnaung, for unifying the country for the third time in Burmese history. The future king was born Aung Zeya (အောင်ဇေယျ, lit. Victorious Victory) at Moksobo, a village of a few hundred households in the Mu river valley located about 60 miles northwest of Ava, on 24 September 1714 to Min Nyo San (မင်းညိုစံ) and his wife Saw Nyein Oo (စောငြိမ်းဦး). He was the second son, and part of gentry families that had administered the Mu valley for generations. His father Min Nyo San was a hereditary chief of Moksobo, and his uncle, Kyawswa Htin (ကျော်စွာထင်), better known as Sitha Mingyi
    6.91
    11 votes
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    Chit Maung

    Chit Maung (Burmese: ; MLCTS: hkyac maung; 1913–1945) was a journalist, patriotic writer and worked for Bogyoke Aung San who was the father of Aung San Suu Kyi. He was Chief Editor of New Light of Burma:. Later his own Journalgyaw Newspaper was well known in Burma. He was born in Okpho, Thayarwady District and studied at Latpatan Town High School. After he passed high school, he started work for Rangoon newspapers and became newspaper. He wrote political novels with the pen name Shwe Lin Yon and adult education novels with the pen name "Thu". Later, Chit Maung set up his own newspaper called Journalgyaw Newspaper (ဂျာနယ်ကျော်သတင်းစာ). Its patriotic writing style for the Burmese working class attacked the ruling British colonial government. After World World II, he started Burmese independent activities and was arrested by the British government. He actively participated in Aung San's Anti-Fascist People's Freedom League. Due to poor health, he died at the age of 34 years. He is still considered as a role model journalist in Myanmar. His wife Journalgyaw Ma Ma Lay wrote her husband's biography book called Thu Lo Lu (သူ့လိုလူ). Chit Maung's eldest son Maung Thein Dan became an actor.
    5.58
    12 votes
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    Nan Nyunt Swe

    Nan Nyunt Swe (Burmese: နန်းညွန့်ဆွေ, IPA: [náɴ ɲ̥ʊ̰ɴ sʰwè]; 1923 – 14 July 2010), born Aung Thein, was a distinguished Burmese writer, writing over 1,200 poems and 800 articles throughout his sixty year long career, focusing primarily on music and classic literature. In 1955, he married fellow writer Hla Kyi, who had the pen name Yuwadi Kyi Oo. He died on 14 July 2010 of natural causes. He published four novels in his career: Myitta Tay Than Kabya Mya (1961), Sasoman Kabya Mya (1978), Anu Pyinna Aman (1980), and Pale Myeikson Kabya Mya (1995). His son Thura, better known by his stage name Zarganar, is a well-known comedian.
    6.80
    10 votes
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    Thiha Sithu

    Thiha Sithu (Burmese: သီဟစည်သူ) is a goalkeeper for the Myanmar National Football Team. In 2009 he joined Delta United FC of the Myanmar National League. Sithu is the Captain of Ayeyawady United FC (AUFC) and is the best player among the Myanmar Football Clubs. Sithu also joined 2009 to Delta United FC of the Myanmar National League and played for the team the AFC Challenge Cup 2010. Sithu is a captain of Ayeyawady United. He was invited to join by Yangon United FC with a very high salary last year (2010) but he rejected and decided to continue playing for Ayeyawady United FC. Sithu is a favourite player of Ayeyawady United FC Fans. He is always found to be very enthusiastic and hardworking whether he is playing in his Club or in his National Team. He plays for the Myanmar national football team. Sithu was long time the starting goalkeeper for the Myanmar U-23 team.
    6.60
    10 votes
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    Chan Htoon

    Justice Chan Htoon (Burmese: ချမ်းထွန်း, pronounced [tɕʰáɴ tʰʊ́ɴ] 1906–1988) was Attorney General and Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Burma, and the architect of the first constitution of Burma in 1947. He was educated at Ananda College in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), where he passed matriculation in 1928. Afterward, he studied at the University College, Rangoon and became a lawyer in 1931, after he was called to the Bar by the Inner Temple. Chan Htoon served as the President of the World Fellowship of Buddhists from 1958 to 1963. He was imprisoned from 1963 to 1967 by the Burmese military government. After his release he devoted the rest of his life to Buddhism including supporting the task of translating Pali texts into English. He was married to Khin Khin Thein and had several children, including Ye Htoon.
    7.33
    9 votes
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    P Moe Nin

    P Moe Nin

    P Moe Nin (Burmese: ပီမိုးနင်း; 5 November 1883 - 6 January 1940) was one of Burma’s most prolific and treasured writers. His writing style differed from that prevalent in Burma at the time, writing concisely and clearly. Because of this, he is often regarded as the father of Burmese short story writing and the modern Burmese novel. He translated uncountable and valuable works of general knowledge from Western languages. P Moe Nin was born in Thonse, Pegu Province in British Burma. His parents named him Moe Hnin, meaning frozen raindrops, which appeared as soon as he was born. At the age of 10, he studied at a local Roman Catholic missionary school. Three years later, he moved to another Roman Catholic school in Moulmein, where he aimed to become a Roman Catholic monk. After 3 years of study, he was sent to General College, Penang, Malaysia, where he learnt his favorite subjects of public speaking, philosophy and logic. Before he was ordained as a Roman Catholic monk, he visited Burma once more, age 20. (He was later ordained as a Buddhist monk by one of the most venerated abbots in Burma, Ledi Sayadaw.) Despite his prolific output and his long list of his self-help books, P Moe
    5.25
    12 votes
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    Ba Khin

    Saya Gyi U Ba Khin (Burmese: ဘခင်, pronounced: [ba̰ kʰɪ̀ɴ]; 6 March 1899 – 19 January 1971) was the first Accountant General of the Union of Burma. He is principally known as a leading twentieth century authority on Vipassana meditation. Ba Khin was born in Yangon during the British colonial rule. In March 1917, he passed the final high school examination, winning a gold medal as well as a college scholarship. Family pressures forced him to discontinue his formal education to start earning money. His first job was with a Burmese newspaper called The Sun, but after some time he began working as an accounts clerk in the office of the Accountant General of Burma. In 1926 he passed the Accounts Service examination, given by the provincial government of India. In 1937, when Burma was separated from India, he was appointed the first Special Office Superintendent. In that same year, in January 1937, Ba Khin met a student of Saya Thet Gyi (who now has a separate lineage of monk-teachers in Norway). Thet Gyi was a wealthy farmer and disciple of the renowned master Ledi Sayadaw, who taught him anapana-sati, a form of meditation taught by the Buddha. When Ba Khin tried it, he experienced good
    6.40
    10 votes
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    Aung San Suu Kyi

    Aung San Suu Kyi

    Aung San Suu Kyi MP AC (Burmese: ; MLCTS: aung hcan: cu. krany, IPA: [ʔàʊɴ sʰáɴ sṵ tɕì]; born 19 June 1945) is a Burmese opposition politician and General Secretary of the National League for Democracy (NLD) in Burma. In the 1990 general election, the NLD won 59% of the national votes and 81% (392 of 485) of the seats in Parliament. She had, however, already been detained under house arrest before the elections. She remained under house arrest in Burma for almost 15 of the 21 years from 20 July 1989 until her most recent release on 13 November 2010, becoming one of the world's most prominent (now former) political prisoners. Suu Kyi received the Rafto Prize and the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in 1990 and the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991. In 1992 she was awarded the Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding by the government of India and the International Simón Bolívar Prize from the government of Venezuela. In 2007, the Government of Canada made her an honorary citizen of that country; at the time, she was one of only four people ever to receive the honor. In 2011, she was awarded the Wallenberg Medal. On 1 April 2012, her opposition party, the National League
    2.17
    24 votes
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    Aye Myint Kyu

    Brigadier General Aye Myint Kyu (Burmese: အေးမြင့်ကြူ, pronounced [ʔé mjɪ̰ɴ tɕù]; born 21 December 1947) is the deputy minister of Ministry of Hotels and Tourism. Aye Myint Kyu was born in Minhla, Bago Division, the son of Thi Han and Kyi Kyi. His wife is Khin Swe Myint. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Defence Services Academy in 1968.
    7.11
    9 votes
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    Khun Htun Oo

    Khun Htun Oo (Burmese: ခွန်ထွန်းဦး, pronounced [kʰʊ̀ɴ tʰʊ́ɴ ʔú]; born 11 September 1943; often written U Khun Htun Oo following Burmese honorifics) is a politician from Shan State, Burma (Myanmar) who was imprisoned for treason, defamation, and inciting dissatisfaction toward the government. His sentence was protested by numerous Western governments and the human rights group Amnesty International, which named him a prisoner of conscience. Htun Oo is ethnically Shan, and was born in 1943 in Hsipaw in Shan State. He pursued a Bachelor of Laws at Rangoon University from 1965 to 1967 before serving as assistant to the Indonesian military attaché in Burma. Htun Oo went on to become "the most senior political representative of the Shan". After pro-democracy, anti-government protests toppled Ne Win's military dictatorship in 1988, Htun Oo stood for the 1990 parliamentary elections at the head of the Shan Nationalities League for Democracy (SNLD) party. His party gained 23 seats (220,835 votes), and within Shan State, finished ahead of even Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD), which had won 59.9% of the vote nationwide. However, the military government annulled the
    6.30
    10 votes
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    U Khandi

    U Khandi

    U Khandi (1868 – 14 January 1949) was a Burmese hermit known for his works on Buddhist pagodas and other religious buildings in Myanmar. U Khandi maintained the Mandalay Hill and organized many religious activities for 40 years. He was born Maung Po Maung in Ywathaya village, Yamethin District in 1868. U Khandi became hermit in 1900 and meditated at the Mandalay Thakho hill and Shwe-myin-tin hill. His goodwill organization completed construction and renovation of several building pagodas and religious buildings at hilltops, such as those on the Kyaiktiyo Pagoda. His work was not only recognised by the Burmese people but also the colonial British government, which gave him and his followers’ special privileges such as free travel certificates and work permits. U Khandi suffered minor paralysis for three years and died on 14 January 1949. Two years later funeral celebrations were held and he was cremated.
    6.30
    10 votes
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    Htun Aeindra Bo

    Htun Aeindra Bo

    Htun Aeindra Bo (Burmese: ထွန်းအိန္ဒြာဘို, pronounced [tʰʊ́ɴ ʔèiɴdɹà bò]; also Tun Eindra Bo; born 1 May 1966) is a three-time Myanmar Academy Award-winning actress and singer. The Mogok native began her film career in 1991, and has achieved fame and success as an actor and singer. Now in her 40s, she is still a household name in Myanmar and continues to make films and performs in concerts. Htun Aeindra Bo was born Mi Mi Khine to Khin Mya Mya and Khin Maung Thein on 1 May 1966. She was the middle child of three; she had an elder brother and a younger sister. Her family was in the jewellery business. Mi Mi Khine was interested entertainment since she was little. She was singing Burmese songs at 4 and by 11 she began to sing at local concerts. She graduated with a law (LLB) degree. Mi Mi Khine entered the entertainment industry with a direct-to-video film, called Kyeza Hnalontha (Professional Heart) in 1991. She released her first album in 1993 with songs by Maung Thit Min and Myo Kyawt Myaing. She has made over 100 movies in her career. She is married to Aung Minn Tun, and they have a son, Aung Bo Kaung Thant@ Cyrus.
    5.08
    12 votes
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    Saya San

    Saya San

    Saya San (Burmese: ဆရာစံ, Burmese pronunciation: [sʰəjà sàɴ]; 24 October 1876 – 28 November 1931) was a noted monk, a Burmese medicine man and the leader of the Burmese peasant revolt of 1930-1931 and pretender to the Burmese throne. He led the first concerted effort to forcefully resist British domination. In 1924 the General Council of Buddhist Associations appointed the 45-year old Saya San to head a committee surveying the living conditions of the Burmese peasantry. In the course of the 1927 survey, Saya San (along with a growing number of urban activists and political monks) changed the focus of their work and began inspiring the peasants to resist British forces. This was an attempt to rebel against the British Administration and its tax policies in particular. In 1929 the British proposed new taxes on the Burmese people as well as a forestry bill that would forbid the cutting of trees (Burma’s prime asset) without British consent. In December 1930, Saya San allegedly organized a local revolt against the payment of the capitation tax (poll tax) which quickly grew beyond his control and turned into an uncoordinated national revolt. The series of movements spread from the
    6.20
    10 votes
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    Chanmyay Sayadaw

    The Venerable Chanmyay Sayadaw U Janakabhivamsa, (Burmese: ချမ်းမြေ့ဆရာတော် ဦးဇနကာဘိဝံသ, pronounced [tɕʰáɴmjḛ sʰəjàdɔ̀ ú za̰nəkàbḭwʊ̀ɴθa̰]; born 24 July 1928) is a Theravada Buddhist monk from Myanmar. He was born in Pyinma village, Taungdwingyi Township, British Burma, on Tuesday, 24 July 1928. His parents were U Phyu Min and Daw Shwe Yee. He started to study the Buddhist scriptures at the age of fifteen as a novice monk. He received the higher upasampada ordination in 1947 and continued advanced studies of Buddhist scriptures. He practised Vipassana meditation under the instruction of the most Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw from 1953 to 1954. He was then invited by the State Buddha Sasana Organization to be an editor of the Buddhist scriptures in Pali for reciting Buddhist scriptures at the Sixth Buddhist Council in Myanmar. Starting from 1957, the Venerable Sayadaw spent six years in Colombo, Sri Lanka, where he continued his studies of English, Sanskrit, Hindi and Sinhalese languages. He returned to Myanmar in June 1963. At the invitation of the state Buddha Sasana Organisation, he took up residence at Kaba-Aye where he edited the publications of Pali Texts. In 1967, he was appointed
    6.89
    9 votes
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    Sai Sam Tun

    Sai Sam Tun was the owner of the Loi Hein Co, Ltd. of Myanmar, a supplier of bottled water, energy drinks, soft drinks, beer and cigarettes. He also owns a football club, Yadanabon FC, which was formed in 2009. Sai Sam Tun is a Shan.
    5.55
    11 votes
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    Bodawpaya

    Bodawpaya

    Bodawpaya (Burmese: ဘိုးတော်ဘုရား, pronounced [bódɔ̀ pʰəjá]; Thai: ปะดุง; 11 March 1745 – 5 June 1819) was the sixth king of the Konbaung Dynasty of Burma. Born Maung Shwe Waing and later Badon Min, he was the fourth son of Alaungpaya, founder of the dynasty and the Third Burmese Empire. He was proclaimed king after deposing his nephew Phaungkaza Maung Maung, son of his oldest brother Naungdawgyi, at Ava. Bodawpaya moved the royal capital back to Amarapura in 1782. He was titled Hsinbyumyashin (Lord of the White Elephants), although he became known to posterity as Bodawpaya in relation to his successor, his grandson Bagyidaw (Royal Elder Uncle), who in turn was given this name in relation to his nephew Mindon Min. He fathered 62 sons and 58 daughters by about 200 consorts. Also known as Bodaw U Waing, he invaded Arakan in 1784 sending his royal armies led by his son, the Heir Apparent Thado Minsaw, across the Western Yoma range of mountains. The capital of Arakan Mrauk U was captured on the last of 1784. The Mahamuni Buddha image, among other treasures such as the Khmer bronze statues, were brought back to mainland Burma; these can still be seen in Mandalay. Also taken were 20,000
    6.10
    10 votes
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    Ashin Mettacara

    Ashin Mettacara

    Ashin Mettacara (Burmese: အရှင်မေတ္တာစာရ, IPA: [əʃɪ̀ɴ mjɪʔtàsəɹa̰]; born May 1, 1982) is a Burmese Buddhist monk and Burmese blogger . He was born and grew up in Wuntho, in the upper part of Burma (Myanmar). Mettacara received a bachelor's degree and master's degree in Buddhist Studies at the Buddhist and Pali University of Sri Lanka. Mettacara won a Best Asian Blog Award for 2008 and Best News in the 2009 Chapeau blog awards . He is blogging and contributing with the aim of spreading news to the whole world about the crisis in Burma. He is the founder of Buddha FM which is an Internet Radio Station, broadcasting Dhamma for 24 hours.
    6.00
    10 votes
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    San San Nweh

    San San Nweh (Burmese: စန်းစန်းနွယ်, [sáɴ sáɴ nwɛ̀]; or San San Nwe) is a noted Burmese writer and journalist. She was jailed for nearly seven years (1994–2001) by the Burmese military junta for her "anti-government intentions". San San Nweh was awarded the 2001 Golden Pen of Freedom, along with Win Tin, in recognition of "their outstanding services to the cause of press freedom" in Myanmar. San San Nweh was born in Tharrawaddy, Myanmar. One of the first Burmese women to complete journalism training, San San Nweh was editor of two journals--Gita Padetha and Einmet-Hpu. Since 1974 she has published a dozen novels, over 500 short stories and about 100 poems. Her books include Alone in the Wind and the Rain, Only a Folding Umbrella, and Prison of Darkness. On 6 October 1994, San San Nweh was arrested, together with her daughter, and found guilty of "publishing information harmful to the state" with a view to "fomenting disorder". She was sentenced to seven years in jail, the maximum provided by the emergency law, and then to a further three years for "giving biased viewpoints" to French journalists in April 1993. She was also accused of "providing information about the human rights
    6.00
    10 votes
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    Nay Myo Aung

    Nay Myo Aung (Burmese: နေမျိုးအောင်) born July 19, 1986) is an athlete from Myanmar, who competes in archery. At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing Nay finished his ranking round with a total of 637 points, which gave him the 52nd seed for the final competition bracket in which he faced Rafał Dobrowolski in the first round. Dobrowolski won the match by 110-106 and Nay was eliminated. Dobrowolski would lose in the third round against Park Kyung-Mo.
    7.25
    8 votes
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    Sein Win

    Brigadier General Sein Win (Burmese: စိန်ဝင်း, pronounced [sèiɴ wɪ́ɴ]; born 19 March 1919 – died 29 June 1993) was a Burmese military officer who held various positions in government after the Ne Win coup of 1962. He served as the 7th Prime Minister from 4 March 1974 to 29 March 1977. Sein Win was born in Danyingon, Moulmein, Mon State as the son of Thin Myaing and Pwe Kyu. He was educated in Pyon Yin School, National Middle School, and Government High School in Dawei. In 1938 he passed ten standard from Shin Maha Buddha Gawtha School and in 1940 he attended Police Officer Training in Mandalay. In 1942 he joined the Burma Independence Army. In 1943, he married Mya Shwe, daughter of Captain Ba Pe and Daw Mone. The couple had seven children, one of whom died in infancy. In 1962, after Ne Win's military coup, he became a member of the Revolutionary Council through which Ne Win ruled Burma. He was the commander at the time of the Southeastern Military District with the rank of Brigadier General. In 1964, he became Minister for Construction and Public Work in Ne Win's administration. In 1971, he also chaired the Burma Socialist Programme Party's Party Inspection Committee. On 20 April
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    Aung Gyi

    Brigadier General Aung Gyi (Burmese: အောင်ကြီး [ʔàʊɴ dʑí]; born 1919) was a Burmese politician and a member of General Ne Win's 4th Burma Rifles rising to Brigadier General. He was born to a Burmese Chinese family in Paungde, British Burma in 1919. He played a role in the caretaker government of 1958-60 led by Ne Win. Aung Gyi was number two in the Revolutionary Council set up after the 1962 coup, serving as vice-chief of staff and Minister of Trade and Industry until he was forced to resign on 8 February 1963 because of disagreements over economic policy with Ba Nyein and Tin Pe. He was once known as Ne Win's heir apparent. In his memoirs, "Saturday's Son", published in 1974, U Nu, then Prime Minister of Myanmar, claimed that his handover of power to the caretaker government was not voluntary but that a group of Army Officers led by Brigadier Aung Gyi and Brigadier Maung Maung threatened him with a "straight military coup" should he refuse to handover power to Ne Win. Aung Gyi's role in suppressing the anti-government student protests in 1962 is not clear. In his resignation speech of 23 July 1988 Ne Win blamed Aung Gyi as "the real culprit" in the destruction of the Rangoon
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    Nai Shwe Kyin

    Nai Shwe Kyin

    Nai Shwe Kyin (1 March 1913 – 7 March 2003) was a Burmese civil rights revolutionary during the country's transition from British colonial rule and through the ensuing civil war between the insurgent ruling Burmese and the Mon minority. As a youth activist at the Rangoon University, Shwe Kyin founded the civil rights group "Mon Freedom League" and was jailed when civil war broke out on the eve of Burmese independence in 1948. Upon his release two years later, Shwe Kyin joined in the armed revolutionary group known as the Mon People Front (MPF). In 1958, the MPF surrendered their arms in a pact with the Burmese ruling class to participate in elections as a legal political party. In defiance, Shwe Kyin refused to disarm and founded the New Mon State Party to continue an armed struggle. This group gained favor among young Mon students and eventually replaced the MPF as the primary Mon armed resistance. In 1990, he became the President of National Democratic Front (NDF), an umbrella political organization of ethnic nationalities. In 1995, the New Mon State Party agreed to ceasefire with the current regime. Nai Shwe Kyin died in 2003.
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    Taw Phaya

    H.R.H. Prince Edward Taw Phaya (Burmese: တော်ဘုရား, born 22 March 1924, also known as Tun Aung) is the Pretender to the Throne of Burma (abolished in 1885). He was born the second son of Princess Myat Phaya, his older brother being assassinated by Communist insurgents in 1948. Upon the death of his aunt in 1956, he became the Head of the Royal House of Konbaung. On 4 May 1944, he married Princess Phaya Rita, daughter of Prince Kodawgyi Naing and Prince Myat Phaya, who was the daughter of Burma's last king, Thibaw Min. He has issue, five sons and two daughters: "I'd be mad to want to become a king now. With these chaps, I don't think I'd get very far." - In an interview in 2008, he stated he was now the only surviving grandson of King Thibaw Min; Regarding his propects for regaining the throne. "I don't understand politics. It's such a cheating game. I want to stay out of it."
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    Sein Lwin

    Sein Lwin (Burmese: စိန်လွင်, pronounced [sèiɴ lwɪ̀ɴ]; 1923 – 11 April 2004), was a President of Myanmar for 17 days in 1988. He joined the Army in 1943, and in 1944 joined Ne Win’s 4th Burma Rifles. He is believed to have personally killed Karen rebel leader Saw Ba U Gyi. General Sein Lwin had a reputation as being a henchman for General Ne Win. He was one of those responsible for the Rangoon University Student Union massacre on 7 July 1962 when 130 university students protesting against General Ne Win's coup d'etat were killed and the Student Union building dynamited the next day. Aung Gyi and Tin Pe were the senior officers, and Sein Lwin was the field commanding officer in the University region. No one knows exactly who gave the order. Sein Lwin, as commander of the security force riot police (Lon Htein) was again responsible for dealing with student protests during the 1988 pro-democracy demonstrations. On 16 March, following the killing of two students, students marching on Prome Road were confronted near Inya Lake by the riot police and many beaten to death or drowned. On 17 March, soldiers and riot police entered Rangoon University and arrested hundreds of students, 41
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    Yan Paing

    Yan Paing (Burmese: ရန်ပိုင်) born 27 November 1983 in Yangon) is a Burmese footballer who plays for the Myanmar national football team. He also plays with Yadanarbon in Myanmar National League. Yan Paing is a key striker for the Myanmar National Team and Yadanabon FC. He became a popular player playing with former club Finance & Revenue FC. Yan Paing entered the international scene after scoring the second goal against Singapore in a group match of the 2001 South-East Asian Games football tournament. His goal sent Myanmar to the semi-finals. After losing to Malaysia 0-1 in the semis, Myanmar defeated Indonesia 1-0 for the bronze medal and Yan Paing was the scorer of the lone goal of the game. In 2002, Yan Paing was featured in Myanmar National Team for the Tiger Cup tournament. In Myanmar's first group match against Indonesia, he was a constant threat for the Indonesian defence and had a shot at goal hit the bar. The match ended a 0-0 draw but Yan Paing cemented his place in the National Team. He was injured for the rest of the group games in the tournament. Injuries and red cards prevented Yan Paing from making his mark in Tiger Cup 2004. Yan Paing had played for Myanmar at the
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    Sao Saimong

    Sao Sāimöng or Sao Sāimöng Mangrāi (13 November 1913 – 14 July 1987) was a member of the princely family of Kengtung. He was a government minister in Burma (now Myanmar) soon after independence; he was also a scholar, historian and linguist. His wife, Mi Mi Khaing, was also a scholar and writer. Sao Saimong was the first son of the fourth wife, Nang Daeng, of Saopha Kawng Kiao Intaleng (who had succeeded as ruler of Kengtung in 1895). Early in his life, Sao Saimong was sent to Bangkok to become a novice monk at the Wat Thepsarin in Bangkok, since it was his father's hope that he would eventually become the chief abbot of Kengtung. In the 1920s Sao Konkaeu Intaleng attended a durbar in India, and realized that all of his sons should be given a western education to be successful, so Sao Saimong was called back from Bangkok and sent to the Shan Chiefs' School in Taunggyi, a school founded by the British administration to train the sons of ruling families. From there, he went on to attend Rangoon University, and then on to the University of London. Returning to Burma in 1940 during the start of the Second World War, he was soon swept into war to serve with the British army. He was
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    Nyi Pu

    Nyi Pu (Burmese: ညီပု, pronounced [ɲì pṵ]; 12 September 1900 – 1 September 1996) was a Burmese actor and film director. He was the first film actor in Burmese cinema. His youngest brother was Tin Maung, an accomplished film director. Nyi Pu was born Ba Htay on 12 September 1900 in Prome (Pyay), the second son of Ba Nyunt and Nyein Shin during the British colonial era. In 1920, Ba Htay participated in the First University Strike against the British rulers. In the same year, he along with photographer Maung Maung assisted Ohn Maung who was looking to make films in Burma. In 1920, using the screen name Nyi Pu (lit. Short Brother) starred in the first-ever film Myitta Nit Athuyar in Burma. He made many more silent films in the 1920s and 1930s. After World War II, he made a few more films in the 1950s and 1960s. He was chairman of Myanmar Motion Picture Organization from 1969 to 1972. Nyi Pu died on 1 September 1996 at Yangon, and was survived by his wife San Yin and their five children.
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    Minkhaung II

    Minkhaung II (Burmese: ဒုတိယ မင်းခေါင် [dṵtḭja̰ mɪ́ɴɡàʊɴ]; 1448 – 27 March 1502) was the twelfth king of Ava who reigned from 1481 to 1502. His 20-year reign was the beginning of the decline of Ava's hold on Upper Burma. Yamethin, a region to the east of Ava, revolted upon Minkhaung's ascension to the Ava throne and stayed independent throughout Minkhaung's reign. The southern regions of Prome and Tharrawaddy revolted in 1482, and also stayed independent. By the mid-1490s, the Shan states of Mohnyin, Mogaung, Momeik and Kale (Kalay) had also broken away, and begun raiding northern Ava territories. Minkhaung increasingly came to rely on Mingyinyo, the governor of Toungoo, for military assistance. By the end of his reign, Toungoo was equally powerful as its nominal overlord Ava. Minkhaung II made his eldest son Thihathura II joint-king and co-ruled the kingdom for 15 years. But Thihathura II died a month before his father. Minkhaung II died in April 1502 and was succeeded by his younger son Shwenankyawshin (Narapati II). Minkhaung II was the eldest son of King Thihathura of Ava who made him crown prince during his reign (1468–1481), and was given Dabayin region in fief. His younger
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    Hayma Ne Win

    Hayma Ne Win (Burmese: ဟေမာနေဝင်း, pronounced [hèmà nè wɪ́ɴ]; commonly spelt Haymar Ne Win or Haymar Nay Win) is a Burmese singer who was popular during the late 1980s and early 1990s. She is considered one of the most successful singers of her generation, having releasing over 25 albums since her debut. She began her singing career by making appearances on stage shows with Thein Tan's band LPJ, eventually singing songs written by Kaiser and Thukhamein Hlaing, such as "Butterfly" (လိပ်ပြာ) and "Where Does Love Start?" (အချစ်ကဘယ်ကစ). Ne Win comes from a well known artistic family. She is the daughter of two-time Myanmar Academy Award winning Kawleikgyin Ne Win, and the younger sister of famous actor Yaza Ne Win and a first cousin of Eindra Kyaw Zin, one of the most successful models and leading ladies of Burmese cinema. Her maternal grandfather was Bo Zeya, one of the Thirty Comrades that founded the modern Burmese Army in 1941.
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    Ne Win

    Ne Win

    Ne Win (Burmese: နေဝင်း IPA: [nè wɪ́ɴ]; born on 24 May or 14 May 1911 or 10 July 1910 – 5 December 2002) was a Burmese politician and military commander. He was Prime Minister of Burma from 1958 to 1960 and 1962 to 1974 and also head of state from 1962 to 1981. He also was the founder and from 1962 to 1988 the chairman of the Burma Socialist Programme Party, which from 1964 until 1988 was the sole political party in the Burmese nation state. Ne Win's date of birth is not known with certainty. The English language publication Who's Who in Burma published in 1961 by People's Literature House, Rangoon, stated that Ne Win was born on 24 May 1911. Dr. Maung Maung stated in the Burmese version of his book Burma and General Ne Win, also published in English, that Ne Win was born on 14 May 1911. However, in a book written in Burmese titled The Thirty Comrades, the author Kyaw Nyein gave Ne Win's date of birth as 10 July 1910. Kyaw Nyein's date of 1910 can be considered as the more plausible date. First, Kyaw Nyein had access to historical records and he interviewed many surviving members of the Thirty Comrades when he wrote the book in the mid-to late 1990s. (Ne Win was one of the Thirty
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    Tin Maung

    A1 Tin Maung (Burmese: တင်မောင် [tɪ̀ɴ màʊɴ]; 1913 – 4 October 2000) was a two-time Burmese Academy Award-winning film actor, director and producer. Tin Maung was born in Pyay, a small town in Lower Burma during the British colonial rule. The youngest brother of Nyi Pu, a famous Burmese actor of early Burmese cinema, Tin Maung began his film career at age 10, in 1923, appearing in Taw Myaing Zon Ga Lwan Aung Phan. In 1934, while enrolled in Rangoon University, Tin Maung joined the A1 Film Company–the preeminent film studio of the time to appear in the film Mya Ganaing. He quickly became known as A1 Tin Maung, one of the studio's stable of stars. In 1937, Tin Maung directed Aung Thabyay about the final days of King Thibaw, Burma's last monarch, who died an embittered man in exile in India. However, few Burmese got to see it initially, as the colonial government did not allow to the movie to play at theaters. In 1942, during World War II, Tin Maung enlisted in the Burma Independence Army to fight against the British colonialists. After the war, Tin Maung returned to a film career at A1, increasingly focused on directing. He visited several Asian countries (Indonesia in 1950, India in
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    42

    Lwin Moe

    Lwin Moe (Burmese: လွင်မိုး, pronounced [lwɪ̀ɴ mó]; born 1970) is a two-time Myanmar Academy Award winning Burmese film actor. He was born on an island in the Mergui Archipelago at the southern end of Myanmar. Father of two girls, Lwin Moe was a UNICEF "partner" for Myanmar in 2005.His Grandfather is a Punjab (India) origin. Lwin Moe is also an aspiring photographer.
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    43

    Bagyidaw

    Bagyidaw (Burmese: ဘကြီးတော်, pronounced: [ba̰dʑídɔ̀]; also known as Sagaing Min ([zəɡáiɴ mɪ́ɴ]; 23 July 1784 – 15 October 1846) was the seventh king of Konbaung dynasty of Burma from 1819 until his abdication in 1837. Prince of Sagaing, as he was commonly known in his day, was selected as crown prince by his grandfather King Bodawpaya in 1808, and became king in 1819 after Bodawpaya's death. Bagyidaw moved the capital from Amarapura back to Ava in 1823. Bagyidaw's reign saw the First Anglo-Burmese War (1824–1826), which marked the beginning of the end of the highly militaristic Konbaung dynasty. Bagyidaw inherited the largest Burmese empire, second only to King Bayinnaung's, but also one that shared a long ill-defined borders with British India. In the years leading to the war, the king had been forced to suppress British supported rebellions in his grandfather's western acquisitions (Arakan, Manipur and Assam), but unable to stem cross border raids from British territories and protectorates. His ill-advised decision to allow the Burmese army to pursue the rebels along the vaguely-defined borders led to the war. The longest and most expensive war in British Indian history ended
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    Rebecca Win

    Rebecca Win (Burmese: ရေဗက္ကဝင်း, pronounced [jèbɛʔka̰ wɪ́ɴ]; born May Hnin Nu (မေနှင်းနု [mè n̥ɪ́ɴ nṵ]) on 15 February 1986) is a Burmese professional model and a popular advert actress on Burmese TV as well as a Burmese pop music singer. One of four siblings, Win was born May Hnin Nu to a Burman father and a Kachin mother. She was moved to Yangon when she was just six months old. Win converted to Christianity while she joined the church choir at age of six. As of 2006, she was a final year Japanese major at the University of Foreign Languages, Yangon. Win was first noticed when she entered Yangon-based City FM Radio's Music Idol contest in 2004.
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    Win Tin

    Win Tin (Burmese: ဝင်းတင်, [wɪ́ɴ tɪ̀ɴ], born March 12, 1929) is a politician and former political prisoner in Burma. Arrested in July 1989 because of his senior position in the National League for Democracy (NLD) and for his writings, he spent 19 years in prison. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature, modern history and political science at the Rangoon University in 1953. Win Tin was serving a 20 year sentence on charges including "anti-government propaganda." One of the reasons for his detention is his attempt to inform the United Nations of ongoing human rights violations in Burmese prisons. At 81 years of age, he is in a poor state of health, exacerbated by his treatment in prison, which has included torture, inadequate access to medical treatment, being held in a cell designed for military dogs, without bedding, and being deprived of food and water for long periods of time. Since the start of 2006 he had not been able to receive visits from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). In 2001, Win Tin was awarded the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize for his efforts to defend and promote and right to freedom of expression. That year,
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    Sin Yaw Mg Mg

    Sin Yaw Mg Mg or Zinyaw Maung Maung is Burmese film director and film producer. His 2004 film Hlyo-hwat-thaw-hnin or Mystery of Snow was released internationally. His real name is U Lyn Aung. He is son of U Kan Htoo and Daw Khin Ti. He lived at No. 6-A, Myaynigone Plaza, Bargayar Street, Sanchaung Township, Yangon, Myanmar, near the Dagon Center. He was awarded a M.Sc degree in Mathematics in 1983, from the University of Yangon. He entered into the film business as a Production manager in 1983, with the film The Second Heartbreak of the Third Age. He became famous with the video Maung (Darling). Between 1989 and 1995, he acted as treasurer, joint secretary and as general secretary for the Myanmar Motion Picture Organization (MMPO). He married to Daw Than Than Sint (aka) May Than Nu, a Myanmar film actress. They have a son together named Min Thant Mg Mg, born on July 3, 1997.
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    Mukerjee

    Mukerjee, party name Yebaw Phyu Win (Burmese: ရဲဘော်ဖြူဝင်း), was a Bengal-born Burmese communist leader. Ahead of the Second World War, he took employment in the Defence Department. In 1939 he joined the Burmese Communist Party. In 1946, he was included in the leadership of the All Burma Trade Union Congress. In 1948 he was imprisoned along with Bo Yan Aung. However, he managed to escape from jail. In 1949 he went underground. In 1955 he was included in the Central Committee of the Burmese Communist Party and put in-charge of the North-Western Military Zone. On May 7, 1961 he was killed in a police raid.
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    4 votes
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    Kyawswa of Pagan

    Kyawswa (Burmese: ကျော်စွာ, pronounced: [tɕɔ̀zwà]; 2 August 1260 – 10 May 1299) was a king of Pagan dynasty of Burma (Myanmar) from 1287 to 1298. Son of the last sovereign king of Pagan Narathihapate, Kyawswa was one of many "kings" that proliferated after the collapse of the Pagan Empire. Though still styled as King of Pagan, Kyawswa's effective rule amounted to just the area around Pagan city. Felt threatened by the Three Shan Brothers, who were nominally his viceroys, Kyawswa decided to become a Mongol vassal in January 1297, and received such recognition from the Mongols in March 1298. He was ousted by the brothers in December 1298. Kyawswa was the governor of Dala (part of today's Yangon) in 1287 when the Mongols sacked Pagan, forcing his father King Narathihapate to flee to Lower Burma. But the king was assassinated by his second son Thihathu, Governor of Prome. Thihathu also killed his eldest brother before he himself was accidentally killed. This opened way for Kyawswa as the main claimant to the throne. He consolidated his rule in Lower Burma (except Tenasserim) but he had to wait another a year and a half for the events in Upper Burma to calm down. During this period, he
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    Shwe Yoe

    U Shwe Yoe (Burmese: ရွှေရိုး, pronounced: [ʃwè jó]; born Ba Galay) was a prominent Burmese actor, comedian, dancer and cartoonist. He was a Burmese Muslim. He became famous with the Shwe Yoe the jolly joker dance routine which first appeared in 1923 film Ah Ba Ye, an early Burmese language film about rural life. The dance routine was a hit with the audiences, and was soon adopted as a standard dance in many festive occasions. With thick eyebrows, long curved mustache, traditional Burmese headdress, the gaung baung, long scarf around the neck, traditional Burmese jacket taikpon, checked long sarong Taung Shae Pasoe and the small Pathein umbrella. This became the trademark of Shwe Yoe. Later the dancers easily copied his image by using special comical sunglass with artificial plastic nose and eyebrows. The U Shwe Yoe dance has become an essential part of charitable and other traditional Burmese ceremonies. The performer in the U Shwe Yoe character dances to the music of the traditional Burmese music troupes, twirling his traditional Burmese-style umbrella. This dance is always performed to make amusement by village lads in procession at festivals. This popular traditional Burmese
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    Hla Thaung

    Private Aung San Thuriya Hla Thaung (Burmese: လှသောင်း [l̥a̰ θáʊɴ]; died 28 April 1949) of 3rd Burma Rifles Battalion (Bama Thenatkaing Tatyin - Tha Na Ka) (Serial 88865) was a recipient of Aung San Thuriya Award, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry and bravery in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to members of Myanmar Armed Forces. He won the award at the Battle of Daik-U during the fight against of Karen insurgency in Myanmar. On the early hours on 28 April 1949 at the Daik-U battlefront, HQ company of 3rd Burma Rifles Battalion was encircled by the attacking KNDO forces with much greater strength supported by artillery. Private Hla Thaung gallantly fought back the insurgents to defend the HQ company. He fought with bravery and risk his life while killing large numbers of enemy troops and halting the enemy advances towards the position of HQ Company. Holding a Bren GPMG Gun in his hand, firing non-stop to hold off the enemy until his last dying breath, Private Hla Thaung provided covering fire for the troops of 3rd Burma Rifles Battalion to retreat safely from the encircled position. He fell during this battle and when his comrades found his body after
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    Mi Mi Khaing

    Mi Mi Khaing (Burmese: မိမိခိုင် [mḭ mḭ kʰàɪɴ]; 1916 – 15 March 1990) was a Burmese scholar and writer who authored numerous books and articles on life in Burma during the 20th century. She is notable as one of the first women to write in English about Burmese culture and traditions. Born of Mon ancestry, Mi Mi Khaing grew up during the British colonial rule of Burma and was educated in British schools. She married Sao Saimong, a noted scholar and a member of the royal family of Kengtung in Shan State. In addition to her writing career, she also established Kambawza College in Taunggyi and served as its principal.
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    Aung Kyi

    Aung Kyi (Burmese: အောင်ကြည်) is the Minister of Labor and Minister of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement in the Cabinet of Burma. He has been Minister of Labor since 2007, having been appointed on 24 October 2007 by the then ruling State Peace and Development Council. In October 2007, he received an additional, concurrent appointment as minister for relations to detained National League for Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Aung Kyi is a retired major general in the Myanmar Armed Forces. He graduated from the 40th intake of the Officers Training School. He was named deputy minister for labor in November 2006, and in that capacity has been in charge of relations with the International Labor Organization. In February 2007, he brokered a deal with the ILO to establish a new system of reporting of complaints of forced labor. He was appointed Minister for Labour in October 2007. Aung Kyi has a reputation for relative accessibility, compared to the predominantly secretive leaders of the junta. Aung Kyi's appointment as the junta's official liaison to Aung San Suu Kyi in October 2007 followed worldwide condemnation of the junta after its violent crackdown on the 2007 Burmese
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    Ba Swe

    Ba Swe (Burmese: ဘဆွေ, pronounced [ba̰ sʰwè]; 17 October 1915 – 6 December 1987) was the second Premier of Burma. He was a leading Burmese politician during the decade after the country gained its independence from Britain in 1948. He held the position of prime minister from 12 June 1956 to 28 February 1957. When Ba Swe became prime minister, Time magazine reported the news in an article titled: 'The Day of the Tiger' based on his nickname 'Big Tiger' (Kyah gyi Ba Swe) since his university days in the 1930s as a student leader. His name was often paired with the name of another famous student leader as Ba Hein and Ba Swe, both Thakins or members of the nationalist Dobama Asiayone (We Burmans Association) and were arrested by the British colonial government during the year of countrywide protests, demonstrations and strikes in 1938 known as the "1300 Revolution" (Htaung thoun ya byei ayeidawbon named after the Burmese calendar year). Ba Hein became a founder member of the Communist Party of Burma (CPB) in 1939 and shortly afterwards Ba Swe and Ba Hein among others founded the People's Revolutionary Party (PRP), renamed the Burma Socialist Party after the war. Ba Swe was also known
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    Naw Zipporah Sein

    Naw Zipporah Sein is a Karen political activist and Secretary General of the Karen National Union. Zipporah Sein was born in 1955 in Kayin State, Burma, and trained as a teacher before fleeing to Thailand in 1995. In From 1998 to 2008, she was the coordinator and executive secretary of the Karen Women's Organization, which describes its mission as helping Karen women refugees. She has been called a "heroine" by the Political Heroes website.
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    3 votes
    55
    Thet Win Aung

    Thet Win Aung

    Thet Win Aung (သက်ဝင်းအောင် [θɛʔ wɪ́ɴ àʊɴ]; 27 August 1971 – 16 October 2006) was a Burmese student activist. He took part in the 1988 Movement as one of the leading members of his high school student union, Tamwe Township. In 1989, he was elected vice general secretary of the Basic Education Student Union (BESU). He was dismissed from his school for his political involvement in student demonstrations, later jailed for 9 months for aiding in forming the Student Union. In 1994, the MIs tried to arrest him again because he published the ABFSU pamphlets and organized student demonstrations to commemorate the 32nd anniversary of 7 July Affair. (In 1962, the military regime killed hundreds of the university students by dynamiting the student union building at the Yangon University.) Although he escaped, his home was searched frequently and his family was harassed incessantly while he was on his run. From behind the scenes, he took part in the 1996 student demonstrations and helped organized the student protests against the poor quality of education and students' rights in 1998. He was arrested in October 1998, and sentenced to 59 years in prison. At first, he was detained in Kalay
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    56

    May Shin

    May Shin (Burmese: မေရှင်; pronounced [mè ʃɪ̀ɴ]; 10 March 1917 – 3 September 2008) was a Burmese actress and singer, who was popular from the 1930s to the 1950s. May Shin was born Than Shin (သန်းရှင်, [θáɴ ʃɪ̀ɴ]) in 1917 to businessman Khin Lay (ခင်လေး) and his wife Pwa Yon (ဖွားယုံ). in Mandalay in British Burma. She was the youngest of five siblings. She passed seventh grade from Wesleyan School. At 18, May Shin joined A1 Film Company as an aspiring actress. She was soon highly acclaimed for her soft gentle singing voice. Her first film was Hpuza Shin, starring opposite actor Yegaung Chit Swe but she became known in the first Burmese sound film Hmya Nat Maung. As a radio presenter at the Burma Broadcasting Service in the 1950s, she actively supported U Nu’s government against the left-wing campaign by appealing to armed insurgents to surrender. In 1958, she was awarded the title Wunnakyawhtin (ဝဏ္ဏကျော်ထင်), the highest honor given to an artist by the Burmese government in that time. In 1962, at the age of 45, May Shin gave up acting and singing and withdrew from public life. She became devoutly Buddhist and practiced dhamma until the day she died. In 2004, purged Prime Minister
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    5 votes
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    Myint Tayzar Phone

    Myint Tayzar Phone (Burmese: မြင့်တေဇာဖုန်း) born July 2, 1978) is a sprint canoer from Myanmar who competed in the late 2000s. At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, he was eliminated in the semifinals of the K-1 500 m event and the heats of the K-1 1000 m event.
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    5 votes
    58

    Shwenankyawshin

    Shwenankyawshin Narapati (Burmese: ရွှေနန်းကြော့ရှင် နရပတိ, pronounced [ʃwè náɴ tɕɔ̰ ʃɪ̀ɴ nəɹa̰pətḭ]; 1477 – 25 March 1527) was the last sovereign king of Ava who reigned 25 tumultuous years between 1502 and 1527. He built a new "exquisite golden palace" on 22 February 1511 (Saturday, 9th waning of Tabaung 872 ME) by which he is posthumously remembered. Throughout his reign, the Confederation of Shan States launched their relentless attacks, and gradually absorbed Avan territory from the north, while their ally Prome (Pyay) took Avan territory in the south. A desperate Narapati tried to keep Toungoo (Taungoo) as an ally by giving the all important Kyaukse granary to the nominally vassal kingdom but Mingyinyo of Toungoo declared independence in October 1510, and gave no help. Ava's only steadfast ally was the Shan state of Hsipaw (Thibaw) led by its saopha Hkonmaing. By the early 1520s, Avan territory had shrunk so much that it was not much bigger than its former vassal states. In 1524, the armies of confederation of Shan states and Prome sacked Ava, forcing Narapati and Hkonmaing to flee the city. In 1527, the Shans again came back and laid siege to Ava. In April, Shwenankyawshin
    6.20
    5 votes
    59

    Soe Min Oo

    Soe Min Oo (Burmese: စိုးမင်းဦး; born 8 March 1988) is a Burmese footballer who plays for the Myanmar national football team. He also plays for Kanbawza FC in the Myanmar National League. Soe Min Oo is a key striker for the Myanmar national team and KBZ FC. Soe Min Oo is the recipient of the Golden Boot award for AFC President's Cup 2009. In 2009, Soe Min Oo had opened his goal account in Under-23 international football with a goal against Singapore U23 in their group match for the 25th SEA Games football tournament in Laos. In January 2010, Soe Min Oo became the recipient of the top scorer award for Myanmar National League season 2009-10. He had scored 12 goals in 12 games for Kanbawza FC.
    6.20
    5 votes
    60

    Thakin Mya

    Thakin Mya (Burmese: သခင်မြ, pronounced [θəkʰɪ̀ɴ mja̰]; 7 October 1897 – 19 July 1947) was a Burmese lawyer and politician who served as the Minister of Home Affairs in Myanmar's pre-independence government. Mya and six other cabinet ministers (including Prime Minister Aung San) were assassinated on 19 July 1947 in Yangon. July 19 is commemorated each year as the Martyrs' Day in Myanmar. The Thakin Mya Park in Yangon is named after Thakin Mya.
    4.71
    7 votes
    61

    Aung Lwin

    Aung Lwin (Burmese: အောင်လွင် [àʊɴ lwɪ̀ɴ]; born 23 October 1935 in Sittwe) is a Burmese actor and director. His parents are U Aung Kyaw Zan and Daw Kywe. He made his film debut in 1957 and starred in the 2004 film Naug Ma Kja Kyay. He also directed the Myanmar film Moe Goke Set Wyne Ko Kyaw Lun Yeuh (Beyond the Horizon). When he acts as a director, he uses the name San Shwe Maung.
    5.33
    6 votes
    62

    Lo Hsing Han

    Lo Hsing Han or Law Sit Han (Burmese: လော်စစ်ဟန်, IPA: [lɔ̀ sɪʔ hàɴ]; simplified Chinese: 罗兴汉; traditional Chinese: 羅興漢; pinyin: Luó Xīnghàn; born 1935) is a former Burmese drug trafficker and present-day major Burmese business tycoon, with financial ties to Singapore. He is an ethnic Kokang. His spouse, Zhang Xiaowen, is a Chinese citizen and native of Gengma County in Yunnan. He reportedly started his opium-trafficking career as chief of a local militia called Ka Kwe Ye (KKY) set up with the encouragement of General Ne Win to fight the Communists. By the early 1970s he was an important figure in the Asian drug trade, particularly in the trafficking of 'China White' heroin. In August 1973, he was arrested in Thailand sentenced to death for treason on the grounds of his brief association with the insurgent Shan State Army (SSA). He was released in the 1980 General Amnesty. When the Kokang and Wa insurgent troops mutinied and toppled the Communist leadership in 1989, military intelligence chief Khin Nyunt found in Lo a useful intermediary in quickly arranging cease-fire agreements and, in return, Lo was given lucrative business opportunities and unofficial permission to run drugs
    7.00
    4 votes
    63

    Shwe Mann

    Thura Shwe Mann (Burmese: သူရ ရွှေမန်း, pronounced: [θùja̰ ʃwè máɴ]; born 11 July 1947) is a Burmese politician who has been Speaker of the Pyithu Hluttaw, the lower house of the Burmese parliament, since 2011. Previously he was a leading figure in the military junta that ruled Burma until 2011, serving as joint chief of staff of the Burmese Armed Forces; he was the third-highest ranking member of the State Peace and Development Council, after Than Shwe and Maung Aye. Shwe Mann graduated in 1969 from the Defence Services Academy, Intake 11. He was promoted to major in 1988. Shwe Mann earned the honorific title "Thura" for his bravery in fighting the Karen National Liberation Army in 1989, and continued his studies at the National Defence Institute. He was the Tactical Operations Commander for Light Infantry Division (LID) 66, based in Prome, Northern Bago Division in 1991. Shwe Mann joined the Ministry of Defence in 2001, becoming joint chief-of-staff. In 2003, he was promoted to general. He is married to Khin Lay Thet, and the couple have sons, Toe Naing Mann (born June 29, 1978) and Aung Thet Mann (also known as Shwe Mann Ko Ko, born June 19, 1977), who own Red Link
    7.00
    4 votes
    64

    Wyne Su Khaing Thein

    Wyne Su Khaing Thein (Burmese: ဝိုင်းစုခိုင်သိန်း, pronounced [wáiɴ sṵ kʰàiɴ θéiɴ]; born 24 December 1986) is a Burmese actress and singer. She began her modelling career after finishing high school from Dagon 1 in 2003. She attended Talents and Models and the got public recognition featuring in Saung Oo Hlaing's hit, Kaung Ma Lay Ta Yaut A Kyaung (About A Girl). After that, she made a steady climb, both as an actress and singer, starring in over 100 videos and three movies. In July 2009, she released her first solo album, titled "Met Laut Sa Yar" and sold over 5000 copies within the first month. The album featured R Zarni, L Lun War, He Lay and Sandy Myint Lwin and included 14 songs.
    7.00
    4 votes
    65

    Dagon Khin Khin Lay

    Dagon Khin Khin Lay (Burmese: ဒဂုံ ခင်ခင်လေး [dəɡòʊɴ kʰɪ̀ɴ kʰɪ̀ɴ lé]; 20 February 1904 – 23 June 1981) was a Burmese novelist, screenwriter, and cinematographer. Founder of Dagon Publishing Company, Khin Khin Lay, along with Journal Kyaw Ma Ma Lay and Ludu Daw Amar, was one of the few female publishers in Burma. Khin Khin Lay was born Khin Lay Latt (ခင်လေးလတ် [kʰɪ̀ɴ lé laʔ]) in Mandalay to Khin Khin Latt and Myat Kyaw, a police officer. Khin Khin Lay was only 12 when she won a literary award competition with her first novel Nwe Nwe in 1917. At 18, she published Kyi Daw Zet magazine in Mandalay. She founded Dagaon magazine and started writing under the penname "Dagon Khin Khin Lay". She also wrote horror novels as "Ko Ko Lay" and the political literature as "Yuwati Lay Ni". She was also a founder of Burma Women Writers Association. Khin Khin Lay was married to a fellow journalist and publisher of Bama-Khit newspaper, Ohn Khin. She died on 23 June 1981 in Yangon. She was 77.
    6.00
    5 votes
    66

    Myoma Myint Kywe

    Myoma Myint Kywe (Burmese: မြို့မ-မြင့်ကြွယ်, pronounced [mjo̰ mə-mjɪ̰ɴ tɕwɛ̀]; also U Myint Kywe; born 14 April 1960) is a writer and historian from Burma. He was awarded the Sarpay Beikman Manuscript Awards First Prize for 2003 in the Belles-Letters category. In 2007, he was awarded Myanmar Culture and Fine Arts Literature Prize for 2005.
    8.00
    3 votes
    67

    Zarganar

    Maung Thura "Zarganar" (also called Zaganar (Burmese: ဇာဂနာ; also Zargana; pronounced: [zàɡənà]; born 27 January 1961) is a popular Burmese comedian, film actor, and a film director as well as a fierce critic and often political prisoner of the Burmese military government. Known for his wicked puns against the government who is a military junta, Zarganar, whose name translates to "tweezers", is widely considered to be the most popular comedian and satirist in Myanmar. In September 2006, Zarganar was banned indefinitely from performing publicly or participating in any kind of entertainment related work. He was arrested on 4 June 2008 for speaking to foreign media about the situation of millions of people left homeless after a cyclone devastated the Irrawaddy delta. In November 2008, he was sentenced to 59 years in prison, convicted of "public order offenses", under four sections of the criminal code—17/2, 32 (b), 295 (a) and 505 (b), much more than the anticipated maximum of two years. On 16 February 2009, following the appeals by the family, Yangon Divisional Court reduced the prison sentence by "up to 24 years", bringing the sentence down to 35 years. In December 2008, Zarganar
    5.17
    6 votes
    68

    Kyi Kyi Htay

    Kyi Kyi Htay (Burmese: ကြည်ကြည်ဌေး, pronounced [tɕì tɕì tʰé]; 19 March 1924 – 4 March 2000) was a four-time Myanmar Academy Award winning film actress, singer, opera performer and dancer. Kyi Kyi Htay was born in a small town of Letbadan in Bago Division in Lower Burma to Daw Ohn Kywe and U Po Yin. She took part in Burmese traditional opera, Zat Thabin, since her childhood and became famous under the name Aung Chin Ma Marla Yi. She crossed over to films in 1952, and won her first Burmese Academy Award with her debut film Chit Thet-Wai. She won three more Academy Awards for Chit Kwint Ma Paing in 1956, Nu Nu Nge Nge in 1970, and Lu Zaw in 1978. Kyi Kyi Htay was married to Aung Thein, and had two children. She died on 4 March 2000 in Yangon.
    6.75
    4 votes
    69

    Me Me Lai

    Me Me Lai, sometimes billed as Me Me Lay, is an ex-actress born in Burma in 1952, to a Burmese mother and an English father. She moved to England in her teens, where she soon started her acting career, at first in television series like Paul Temple and Jason King. Soon, she made the transition to acting in movies, starting with the 1971 horror movie Crucible of Terror, soon followed by 1972's Au Pair Girls. Lai came into her own during the era of Italian cannibal films, playing lead roles in two genre-defining movies: Il Paese del Sesso Selvaggio (1972) by Umberto Lenzi, and Ultimo Mondo Cannibale (1977) by Ruggero Deodato, in which her character is graphically consumed by a tribe of cannibals. Additionally, she also had a part in Mangiati Vivi (1980), again by Umberto Lenzi, in which her death scene from Ultimo Mondo Cannibale was re-used. Outside the cannibal genre, she had a role in Blake Edwards's 1978 comedy Revenge of the Pink Panther. Me Me Lai also was co-hostess of British game shows The Golden Shot and Sale of the Century,and appeared on the 1970s Yorkshire Television programme Origami, with Robert Harbin. Her last movie was Lars von Trier's The Element of Crime in 1984.
    5.80
    5 votes
    70
    James Hla Kyaw

    James Hla Kyaw

    James Hla Kyaw (1866-1919), also known as U Hla Kyaw (Burmese: ဦးလှကျော်), was a pioneer Burmese novelist and author of the first Burmese novel titled Maung Yin Maung, Ma Me Ma. Burmese novels had existed before but they were written in verse not in prose from. Most of these novels were based on Buddhism, myth and legend and history of Burma; therefore there were no novels that were based on everyday lives like Maung Yin Maung, Ma Me Ma. Born in 1866 to a Buddhist family, James Hla Kyaw converted to Christianity after his parents died when he was young, and he was sent to live with his uncle's family who were also Christian converts. James Hla Kyaw was a bright student at school, and he went on to pass many examinations including law. He married four times. His first wife was Ma Khin Htay Ngwe with whom he had two children but later separated. He had no children with his second or third wife, and he died while he was married to his fourth wife, Ma Min Thar. He reverted to Buddhism later in his life after he had studied the Buddha's teachings. James Hla Kyaw's health deteriorated while he was working as a mayor in Myinmu, a provincial town north of Mandalay. He returned to Rangoon
    6.50
    4 votes
    71

    Po Par Gyi

    Po Par Gyi (Burmese: ဖိုးပါကြီး, pronounced [pʰó pà dʑí]) was a famous traditional Burmese opera performer and two-time Myanmar Academy Award winning film actor known for comic roles. Po Par Gyi was born Nyunt Hlaing in Pathein, Ayeyarwady Division to San Pe, a Customs Inspector and his wife Hla. He graduated from Hinthada Government High School in 1936. Pursuing his interest in singing and dancing, he got his first break in 1938 with a starring role in a silent film Lu Pyo Tho produced by the Rangoon Film Company. But he would achieve fame in traditional Burmese opera. During the Japanese occupation (1942–1945), he moved to Yangon and became an opera actor in Director Kyaw Aye's Ye Ye Khaw Daw Opera. He continued to gain success in opera after Burmese independence in 1948. His notable opera performances include Pyo Letsaung, Nge Kyun Swe, and Ko Kyait Ta Ko Loat. Between 1960 and 1961, he starred in the renowned opera Po Par Gyi. His best opera performances are considered to be Chin Taung Nga Lone and Gon Ne Marna. Po Par Gyi also found success in films as a comic actor and focused on his film career from 1960s onwards. He starred in dozens movies from 1940s until his death in
    6.50
    4 votes
    72

    Myat Paya Lat

    H.R.H. Princess Myat Paya Lat (Burmese: မြတ်ဘုရားလတ်, pronounced [mjaʔ pʰəjá laʔ]; 4 October 1883 – 4 April 1956) was the most senior member of the Burmese Royal Household after the death of her father, King Thibaw while in exile in 1916. Born at the Royal Palace to Thibaw and Supayalat, Mandalay, the princess married at the Collector’s Bungalow, Ratnagiri, Bombay, India, 20 February 1917, Khin Maung Lat [Burma Raja Sahib], Private Secretary to Ex-King Thibaw, sometime Officer in the Indian Police, a nephew of King Thibaw and son of the "Duke and Duchess" of Ngape and Mindat. She died at Kalimpong, India, 4 April 1956, having adopted the son of her Nepalese maidservant.
    6.25
    4 votes
    73

    Pye Min

    Pye Min (Burmese: ပြည်မင်း, pronounced [pjé mɪ́ɴ]; 1620–1672) was the tenth king of Toungoo dynasty from 1661 to 1672. Pye Min was a son of King Thalun. During the reign of his brother Pindale, the Prince of Pyay (Prome) led the Burmese resistance against Southern Ming and Qing incursions. King Pindale, however, lost his popularity and Pye was urged to take the throne. Pye staged a coup in 1661, overthrowing Pindale and crowning himself King of Ava. Pye was determined to reduce the power of Yongli Emperor of Southern Ming at Sagaing and held a conference of Chinese officials. Yongli suspected this as an assassination trick and instead ordered his armies to clash with the Burmese. However, the Chinese were largely decimated. In 1662, the Qing armies invaded Burma and Pye Min decided to leave the last Ming Emperor to the Qing. Yongli Emperor was carried out of Burma. There was a Mon rebellion around Martaban in 1661 and in 1662 Lan Na was invaded by the Siamese armies under King Narai who held the city temporarily. The rest of his reign were largely uneventful and Pye Min died in 1672, succeeded by his son Narawara.
    7.00
    3 votes
    74
    Annabella Lwin

    Annabella Lwin

    Annabella Lwin (IPA: [lwɪ̀ɴ]; born Myint Myint Aye, Burmese: မြင့်မြင့်အေး, [mjɪ̰ɴ mjɪ̰ɴ ʔé]; 31 October 1966) is an Anglo-Burmese singer, songwriter and record producer best known as the lead singer of Bow Wow Wow. Lwin was born to a Burmese father and an English mother in Rangoon, Burma (now Yangon, Myanmar). Her birth name in Burmese translates to "High, high, cool", given to her by Burmese priests. In 1980, at the age of thirteen, she was spotted by a friend of Malcolm McLaren singing at the dry cleaning premises in North London where she worked part time. Following her successful audition for the lead singer position in McLaren's new group (the yet-to-be-named band Bow Wow Wow), he had her transfer from a mixed comprehensive school in London to the Sylvia Young Theatre School. McLaren dubbed her 'Bess Man'. The group would go on to chart success with the songs "Go Wild in the Country", "Do You Wanna Hold Me?" and "I Want Candy". Lwin later caused controversy the following year by posing nude for the cover of See Jungle! See Jungle! Go Join Your Gang, Yeah. City All Over! Go Ape Crazy, the group's first full-length album. When Lwin was ousted from the band in September 1983,
    5.20
    5 votes
    75

    Anawrahta

    Anawrahta Minsaw (Burmese: အနော်ရထာ မင်းစော, pronounced: [ʔənɔ̀jətʰà mɪ́ɴ sɔ́]; 1014 – 1077) was the founder of the Pagan Empire. Considered the father of the Burmese nation, Anawrahta turned a small principality in the dry zone of Upper Burma into the first Burmese Empire that formed the basis of modern-day Burma (Myanmar). Historically verifiable Burmese history begins with his ascension to the Pagan throne in 1044. Anawrahta unified the entire Irrawaddy valley for the first time in history, and placed peripheral regions such as Shan States and Arakan (Northern Rakhine) under Pagan's suzerainty. He successfully stopped the advance of Khmer Empire into Tenasserim coastline and into Upper Menam valley, making Pagan one of two main kingdoms in mainland Southeast Asia. A strict disciplinarian, Anawrahta implemented a series of key social, religious and economic reforms that would have a lasting impact in Burmese history. His social and religious reforms later developed into the modern-day Burmese culture. By building a series of weirs, he turned parched, arid regions around Pagan into the main rice granaries of Upper Burma, giving Upper Burma an enduring economic base from which to
    6.67
    3 votes
    76
    Thado Minsaw

    Thado Minsaw

    Thado Minsaw (Burmese: သတိုးမင်းစော [θədó mɪ́ɴsɔ́]; 15 June 1762 – 9 April 1808) was crown prince of Burma from 13 July 1783 to 9 April 1808, during the reign of his father King Bodawpaya of Konbaung dynasty. Prince of Shwedaung and Dabayin was entrusted by the King to manage the day to day affairs of the kingdom, and when necessary, to lead the Royal Army against enemies. Thado Minsaw is best known for his conquest of Arakan (now Rakhine State) in 1784 and the subsequent removal of Mahamuni Buddha from Mrauk-U to Amarapura. He also led the successful defense of Tenasserim (Taninthayi) coast in 1792 in the war with the Siamese. The crown prince also led the revitalization of Burmese theater in the late 18th century by bringing a group of young artists to his court. Thado Minsaw died at age 45 in 1808, and was succeeded as crown prince by his son Prince of Sagaing (later King Bagyidaw). The rest of Konbaung kings traced lineage to him. Thado Minsaw was born Maung Paw (မောင်ပေါ် [màʊɴ pɔ̀]) to then Prince of Badon (later King Bodawpaya) and his third wife Me Lun Thu (later Queen of Northern Palace) in 1762 in Shwebo. On 26 March 1781, Maung Yit was granted Shwedaung in fief by King
    7.50
    2 votes
    77

    Sai Htee Saing

    Sai Htee Saing (Burmese: စိုင်းထီးဆိုင် [sáɪɴ tʰí sʰàɪɴ]; 23 September 1950 – 10 March 2008; born Sai Tin U) was a distinguished Burmese singer and songwriter of Shan descent, which featured prominently throughout his music career. Throughout his career, he recorded 2 to 3 Shan language albums and 30 to 40 Burmese language albums. He was especially known for composing country music. Htee Saing was born Tin U in Yinkhay, Shan State to Nang Ein and U Nanda. He studied at Mandalay University, where he became one of the founding members of "The Wild Ones", an ethnic Shan band, in 1973. Htee Saing began his music career in 1969, when he aired a Shan language song on the Burma Broadcasting Service. The Wild Ones achieved major success in Burma throughout the 1970s and 1980s, known for composing its own songs in the Burmese language. Htee Saing was also prominent in the Shan literature movement to preserve Shan language education in Burma. He died on 10 March 2008 in Yangon, and is buried at Yayway Cemetery in Yangon.
    6.33
    3 votes
    78

    Saw Maung

    Senior General Saw Maung (Burmese: စောမောင်, pronounced: [sɔ́ màʊɴ]; December 1928 – 24 July 1997) was the founder of the State Law and Order Restoration Council, later renamed State Peace and Development Council in Myanmar. He served as Chairman from 1988 to 1992. Saw Maung joined the army in 1946, two years before Burma gained independence from Britain, and received a commission in 1952. From 1975–76, he fought against communist insurgents and ethnic rebels along the border with Thailand. In 1976, he became a brigadier general, and in 1981 an adjutant-general. He became armed forces commander in 1983. Saw Maung was army chief of staff and defence minister in the brief government of Sein Lwin and became chairman of the junta when the army staged its coup in 1988 after the 8888 Uprising. He was effective ruler of the country as head of the State Law and Order Restoration Council (SLORC). He also held the posts of prime minister and foreign minister. As a high-ranking member of the Burma Socialist Programme Party (BSPP), he provided continuity of leadership during a succession of short-lived predecessors that followed the toppling of Ne Win earlier in 1988. Saw Maung assumed
    5.33
    3 votes
    79

    Anaukpetlun

    Anaukpetlun (Burmese: အနောက်ဖက်လွန် [ʔənaʊʔ pʰɛʔ lʊ̀ɴ]; 1578–1628) was the sixth king of Toungoo dynasty of Burma, and was largely responsible for restoring Burmese kingdom after it had famously collapsed at the end of 16th century. In his 22-year reign between 1606 and 1628, Anaukpetlun completed the reunification efforts of the Burmese kingdom begun by his father King Nyaungyan. Having inherited a partial kingdom comprising mainly Upper Burma and Shan States from his father Nyaungyan, Anaukpetlun went on to reconquer, Lanna in the east, and in the south, Lower Burma from rival Burmese factions and the Portuguese, as well as the Upper Tenasserim from the Siamese. The kingdom was known as Restored Toungoo Dynasty or Nyaungyan Dynasty. Officially styled as Maha Dhamma Yaza, Anaukpetlun was a grandson of Bayinnaung. Both of his parents were children of Bayinnaung, half-brother and half-sister. In March 1606, Nyaungyan died during his campaign against the Shans. Anaukpetlun then inherited the Kingdom of Ava that included all north of Pagan along the Irrawaddy and the Shan states. Anaukpetlun pursued his campaigns to unify the Burmese kingdom. In 1608, he took the Kingdom of Prome,
    6.00
    2 votes
    80
    Than Shwe

    Than Shwe

    Senior General Than Shwe (Burmese: သန်းရွှေ; pronounced: [θáɴ ʃwè]; born 3 February 1933) is a Burmese military leader and politician who was chairman of the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) from 1992 to 2011. During the period, he held key positions of power including commander-in-chief of the Myanmar Armed Forces and head of Union Solidarity and Development Association. In 2011, he officially resigned from his position as head of state, in favor of his hand-picked successor, Thein Sein. Than Shwe was born in Minzu village, near Kyaukse, British Burma in 1933. In 1951, Than Shwe attended Government High School in Kyaukse. He took up employment at the Meikhtila Post Office as a postal clerk in 1952. Later he enlisted in the Burmese Army and was in the ninth intake of Army Officer Training School. After graduating from the Officer Training School, Second Lieutenant Than Shwe was posted to No. 1 Infantry Battalion as a squad leader on 11 July 1953. He was promoted to platoon commander with the rank of Lieutenant on 11 July 1955 and to Company Commander with the rank of Captain in 21 February 1957 in the same battalion. He was involved in military operation carried out by
    4.25
    4 votes
    81

    Kawleikgyin Ne Win

    Kawleikgyin Ne Win (Burmese: ကောလိပ်ဂျင်နေဝင်း, pronounced [kɔ̀lèdʑɪ̀ɴ nè wɪ́ɴ]; 1 October 1928 – 2 June 1983) was a two-time Burmese Academy Award winning Burmese film actor and director. Born Ne Win, he was given his famous moniker after his successful debut film, Kawleikgyin (The Collegian), so as not to be confused with the late Burmese strongman of the same name, Gen. Ne Win. Ne Win was born in Hinthada (Henzada), Ayeyarwady Division, the son of Daw Tin, a teacher, and U Thet Pe, a police officer. After graduating from Coming High School in Hinthada, Ne Win enlisted in the Burmese Navy in 1946. He left the navy in 1951 to enroll in Rangoon University. At the university, Ne Win played for the Rangoon University football team as a striker forward. Ne Win proved a talented footballer. He made the Burmese national team in 1955, and won the Best Player award given by the Burma Football Federation in 1956. Ne Win earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1958. Ne Win made his film debut in 1959 with Kawleikgyin. Director Chinn Sein cast Ne Win, a nationally well-known footballer, to play the title role in his film about a love story between a beautiful girl and a carefree Rangoon
    5.50
    2 votes
    82

    Shin Sawbu

    Shin Sawbu (Burmese: ရှင်စောပု, pronounced: [shɪ̀ɴ sɔ́ pṵ]; Mon: သေဝ်စါဝ်ပေါအ်; 1394–1472) was the queen of Hanthawaddy from 1453 to 1472. Queen Shin Sawbu was also known as Binnya Thau (ဗညားထောဝ်) or Old Queen in Mon. Queen Shin Sawbu and Queen Jamadevi of Haripunjaya are the two most famous queens among the small number of queens who ruled in mainland Southeast Asia. Shin Sawbu's reign began a 50-year period of peace between Burman Ava Kingdom in Upper Burma and Mon Hanthawaddy Pegu in Lower Burma. Shin Sawbu was the only daughter of the Mon King Razadarit who had two sons as well. She was born on Wednesday in 1394 to the chief queen Thuddhamaya (သုဒ္ဓမာယာ). At birth she was given the name Viharadevi (from Sanskrit and Pali: vihara "monastery" + devi "goddess" or "queen" ), which likely means "queen of the monastery". At age 20 she was married to Binnya Bwe (Smin Chesao), Razadarit's nephew and had a son, Binnya Waru and two daughters, Netaka Taw and Netaka Thin. Her husband died when she was just 25. In 1422, Sawbu's father King Razadarit died. The king's eldest son Binnya Dhammaraza ascended the throne but his younger brothers Binnya Ran and Binnya Kyan rebelled. By the
    4.67
    3 votes
    83
    Yaza Ne Win

    Yaza Ne Win

    Yaza Ne Win (Burmese: ရာဇာနေဝင်း; pronounced [jàzà nè wɪ́ɴ]; also Yarzar Ne Win; born 1968) is a Burmese film actor and singer. He was one of the most successful leading men of Burmese cinema during the first half of 2000s. Ne Win comes from a well known artistic family. He is the son of two-time Myanmar Academy Award winning Kawleikgyin Ne Win, and the elder brother of famous singer Hayma Ne Win and a first cousin of Eindra Kyaw Zin, one of the most successful models and leading ladies of Burmese cinema. His maternal grandfather was Bo Zeya, one of the Thirty Comrades that founded the modern Burmese Army in 1941.
    4.00
    4 votes
    84
    Bayinnaung

    Bayinnaung

    Bayinnaung Kyawhtin Nawrahta (Burmese: ဘုရင့်နောင် ကျော်ထင်နော်ရထာ [bəjɪ̰ɴ nàʊɴ tɕɔ̀ tʰɪ̀ɴ nɔ̀jətʰà]; Thai: พระเจ้าบุเรงนอง; 16 January 1516 – 9 November 1581) was the third king of the Toungoo dynasty of Burma (Myanmar). During his 30-year reign, which has been called the "greatest explosion of human energy ever seen in Burma", Bayinnaung assembled the largest empire in the history of Southeast Asia, which included much of modern day Burma, Manipur, Chinese Shan States (southern Yunnan), Lan Na (northern Thailand), Siam (central and southern Thailand) and Lan Xang (Laos and northeastern Thailand). Although he is best remembered for his empire building, Bayinnaung's greatest legacy was his integration of Shan States into the Irrawaddy-valley-based Burmese kingdoms, which eliminated the threat of Shan raids into Upper Burma, an overhanging concern to Upper Burma since the late 13th century. After the conquest of Shan States in 1557, the king put in an administrative system that reduced the power of hereditary Shan saophas (chiefs), and brought Shan customs in line with low-land norms. His Shan policy was followed by Burmese kings right up to the final fall of the kingdom to the
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    Hla Pe

    Dr. Hla Pe (Burmese: လှဘေ, pronounced [l̥a̰ pʰè]; 8 January 1913 – 31 July 2007) was a foremost Burmese language linguist and a longtime contributor to the Burmese–English Dictionary. He was professor of Burmese language and culture at the University of London from 1966 to 1980. He was born in Kha-ye village near Mawlamyaing, British Burma, where he was brought up by four spinster aunts. The son of a Burmese traditional doctor, he had his early education in the village monastery. He then studied at government high school. After high school, he went to Rangoon University and earned an MA in Burmese in 1938. He was selected for a state scholarship for further studies in London the same year. In 1939, he got a Diploma in Education from the Institute of Education, University of London. In 1944 he obtained his doctorate in Burmese at the University of London's School of Oriental Studies (later renamed the School of Oriental and African Studies). From 1942 to 1946 he was the news broadcaster, translator and commentator with the BBC Burmese. At the same time he was an assistant editor of the Burmese–English Dictionary. He became an associate editor of the dictionary in 1948. He devoted
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    Maung Thaw Ka

    Maung Thaw Ka was the pen name of retired Major Ba Thaw (Navy). He was a satirist, popular speaker and Central Executive Committee member of the National League for Democracy (NLD) of Burma. Maung Thaw Ka was born in 1928 at Shwebo, upper Burma. His parents are U Hman Gyi and Daw Hman. Attended the Shwebo National Government High School. He passed Matriculation and joined Navy as a sea cadet in 1947. He was promoted as the captain of the navy ship No 103. He was involved in a shipwreck while serving as the commanding officer on a coast guard cutter patrolling the south-eastern coastline of Burma. Lieutenant Ba Thaw and the 26 other navy personnel on board transferred to two inflated rubber life rafts. One life raft was lost with all nine passengers on board but the second life raft was rescued by a Japanese ship 12 days later. By then, seven of the 18 men on the life raft were dead and other man died on the rescue ship. Maung Thaw Ka wrote a gripping book about the harrowing time he and his mates spent under a searing sun on the small life raft, which carried only boiled sweets and water sufficient to keep 10 men alive for three days. He retired as a Major from the Navy. He wrote
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    Thein Nyunt

    Colonel Thein Nyunt (Burmese: သိန်းညွန့်) is a currently one of three ministers of the President's Office, in the Cabinet of Burma (Myanmar), as well as the Chairman of the Naypyidaw Council, which governs the national capital. He served for State Peace and Development Council as the Minister of Progress of Border Areas, National Races and Development Affairs. Thein Nyunt was appointed interim mayor of Naypyidaw, the national capital of Myanmar on 1 March 2006 and subsequently became the Chairman of the Naypyidaw Council.
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    Lu Min

    Lu Min (Burmese: လူမင်း, pronounced [lù mɪ́ɴ]; also spelt Lu Minn) is a Myanmar Academy Award winning Burmese film actor and director. He was born in Aungban in Shan State. In 2008, he and his wife, Khin Sabe Oo became one of the first couples in Myanmar to receive fertility treatment via intracytoplasmic sperm injection. Their daughter Ayeyarwady Lu Min was born later that year.
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    Zaw Win Htut

    Zaw Win Htut (Burmese: ဇော်ဝင်းထွဋ်, pronounced [zɔ̀ wɪ́ɴ tʰʊʔ]; 21 January 1964) is a Burmese rock, country, and blues singer, and the lead vocalist of the band Emperor. Zaw Win Htut was born into a musical family in Yangon, Myanmar. His father Kyi Khin was a physician, and his mother Tin Aye was a famous folk singer with the stage name Htar. His maternal grandfather was Shwe Taing Nyunt, a famous songwriter of classical Burmese music. His nickname was Nyi Htut. He received a bachelor's degree in English from Yangon University. Zaw Win Htut began his career in music as a drummer in a band called Oasis. He formed his own band, Emperor, in the 1980s with five members, Zaw Myo Htut (his brother and lead guitarist), Cin Khan Pun (bass), Wai Tun (drums), Maung Maung Lwin (keyboards), John O'Hara (acoustics). He was strictly a country, rock and roll singer in his early career. His first album, released in 1983, was not a success. His third album Hlyatsit Moe Kaungkin, released in 1989, made him a star. Like most Burmese pop singers, Zaw Win Htut became famous with Burmese language covers of foreign (mostly Western rock and pop) hits, written by successful cover "songwriters" such as
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    Ohn Maung

    Ohn Maung (Burmese: အုန်းမောင် [ʔóʊɴ màʊɴ]; 2 February 1913 – 19 July 1947) was a Burmese politician who served as the Deputy Minister of Transport in Myanmar's pre-independence government. He, along with seven other cabinet ministers (including Prime Minister Aung San), was assassinated on 19 July 1947 in Yangon. July 19 is commemorated each year as the Martyrs' Day in Myanmar.
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    Ba Maw

    Dr. Ba Maw (Burmese: ဘမော်, pronounced: [ba̰ mɔ̀]; 8 February 1893 – 29 May 1977) was a Burmese political leader, active during the interwar and World War II period. Ba Maw was born in Maubin. Ba Maw came from a distinguished family of mixed Mon-Burmese parentage which bred many scholars and lawyers. One of his elder brothers, Dr Ba Han (1890–1969), was a lawyer as well as a lexicographer and legal scholar. In 1924 Ba Maw obtained his doctoral degree from the University of Bordeaux, France. Ba Maw wrote his doctoral thesis in the French language on aspects of Buddhism in Burma. (Ba Maw's elder brother Dr Ba Han, who devoted into Christianity also obtained his doctorate, from a UK university, and Ba Han's doctoral thesis was entitled 'The Mysticism of William Blake'). From the 1920s onwards Ba Maw practised law and dabbled in colonial-era Burmese politics. He achieved prominence in 1931 when he defended the rebel leader, Saya San. Saya San had started a tax revolt in Burma in December 1930 which quickly grew into a national rebellion against British rule. Saya San was captured, tried, convicted and hanged. Ba Maw was among the top lawyers who defended Saya San. One of the presiding
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    Edward Michael Law-Yone

    Edward Michael Law-Yone (Burmese pronunciation: [lɔjòʊɴ], nicknamed Ed Law-Yone; 5 February 1911 – 27 June 1980) was a Burmese journalist and official of Burma and then of the Burmese government-in-exile, as well as an author. He was born in Kamaing, Myitkyina District (now part of Kachin State), British Burma. Educated at Saint Peters' School (now Basic Education High School No. 9) in Mandalay, at 16 he went to work as a clerk in the Burma-China border frontier service. He joined the Burma Railways in 1930 as a probationer and by 1938 was in charge of the rates and commercial section, traveling in that year over the recently constructed Burma Road to survey the route proposed for linking the Burma and Yunnan-Indochina Railways. In August 1948, he founded The Nation, Burma's most influential English language newspaper, and served as its chief editor, until his 5 year detention, following Ne Win's coup d'état in 1962. In a 1957 interview with American news broadcast See It Now, he said: Law-Yone was one of the very first recipients of the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Journalism, Literature and Creative Communication Arts, in 1959. The Nation was shut down in May 1963, the first to be
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    San Yu

    General San Yu (Burmese: စန်းယု, pronounced: [sáɴ jṵ]; 3 March 1918 – 30 January 1996) was the Commander in Chief of the Tatmadaw and President of Socialist Republic of the Union of Burma from 9 November 1981 to 27 July 1988. San Yu studied medicine in Rangoon when World War II broke out and joined the army to serve as a junior officer while Burma was under Japanese occupation. San Yu, of Burmese Chinese descent, was born in Thegon, Prome and son of U San Pe and Daw Shwe Lai. He studied medicine at Rangoon University's Medical College for two years. In 1942, he quit university and joined the Burma Independence Army in Prome as an officer. San Yu joined Burmese armed forces on 14 January 1946 as a second lieutenant with 3rd Burma Rifle Battalion. Throughout his army career, San Yu rose through the rank quickly due to his steadfast loyalty towards his superiors. On 23 January 1947, San Yu was promoted to Captain and became deputy company commander in the same battalion and on 24 February 1949, three years after joining the army, he was promoted to the rank of Major and became Deputy Battalion Commander of 3rd Burma Rifle. He was made Lieutenant Colonel on 25 November 1949 and given
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    Helen

    Helen Jairag Richardson is an Indian film actress and dancer of Anglo-Burmese descent, working in Hindi films. She is often cited as the most popular dancer of the item number in her time. She was the inspiration for four films and a book. Helen was born on November 21, 1939 in Burma to an Anglo-Indian father and Burmese mother. She has a brother Roger and a sister Jennifer. Her father died during the Second World War. The family migrated to Mumbai in 1943 in order to escape from the Japanese occupation of Burma. Helen had to quit her schooling to support her family because her mother's salary as a nurse was not enough to feed a family of four. In a documentary called 'Queen of the Nautch girls', Helen said she was 17 yrs old in 1957 when she got her first big break in Howrah Bridge. Helen was introduced to Bollywood when a family friend, an actress known as Cukoo, helped her find jobs as a chorus dancer in the films Shabistan and Awaara (1951). She was soon working regularly and was featured as a solo dancer in films such as Alif Laila (1954), Hoor-e-Arab (1953), and number "Mr. John O Baba Khan" in the film Baarish. Helen got her break in 1958 when she performed the song "Mera
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    Khin Aung Myint

    Khin Aung Myint (Burmese: ခင်အောင်မြင့်) is a Burmese politician and Speaker of the Amyotha Hluttaw, the upper house of the Myanmar parliament. A senior official of the Myanmar military government and a Major General, he is a is former Director of Public Relations and Psychological Warfare in the Myanmar Ministry of Defense and was assigned as Minister of Culture after Kyi Aung in 2006. He is also a member of the Central Organizing Committee of the Myanmar War Veterans Organization. During the 2007 Burmese protests he travelled to Shan State in the north of the country to lobby support for the continuity of the government regime. In a March 2012 interview with The Irrawaddy, he called corruption the biggest issue facing the country.
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    Khun Sa

    Khun Sa

    Khun Sa (Burmese: ခွန်ဆာ, pronounced: [kʰʊ̀ɴ sʰà]), also known as Chang Chi-fu (Chinese: 張奇夫; pinyin: Zhāng Qífú; Thai: จันทร์ จางตระกูล, Chan Jangtrakul; 17 February 1934 – 26 October 2007) was a Burmese warlord. He was born in Loi Maw of Mongyai. He was also dubbed the "Opium King" due to his opium trading in the so-called Golden Triangle. He was also the leader of the Shan United Army and the Mong Tai Army. Khun Sa was born to a Chinese father and a Shan mother. He adopted the pseudonym Khun Sa, meaning "Prince Prosperous". In his youth he trained with the Kuomintang, which had fled into the border regions of Burma from Yunnan upon its defeat in the Chinese Civil War, and eventually went to form his own army of a few hundred men. In 1963 he re-formed it into a Ka Kwe Ye local militia loyal to Gen Ne Win's Burmese government. Ka Kwe Ye received money, uniforms and weapons in return for fighting the Shan rebels. When Khun Sa had expanded his army to 800 men, he stopped cooperating with the Burmese government, took control of large area in Shan and Wa states and expanded into opium production. In 1967 he clashed with the Kuomintang remnants in Shan State, which resulted in his
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    Myat Phaya

    H.R.H. Princess Myat Phaya (Burmese: မြတ်ဖုရား; 7 March 1886 - 21 July 1962), born in Madras, was a daughter of the last ruling king of Burma, King Thibaw. She married her first husband, Kodaw Gyi Naing (died at Rangoon, 22 October 1954 or 11 November 1954), a grandson of Mindat Min in 1922 and divorced him in 1929. She married her second husband, U Mya U (who died during the Japanese occupation), a lawyer. Her second son Taw Phaya succeeded her older sister Myat Paya Lat as head of the royal household in 1956. She died at Maymyo on 21 July 1962.
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    Supriya Devi

    Supriya Devi (Bengali: সুপ্রিয়া দেবী) (born 8 January 1935), also known as Supriya Choudhury (Bengali: সুপ্রিয়া চৌধুরী), is an Indian Bengali female actor, acting in Bengali cinemas for more than 50 years. Her real name was Krishna and nickname is Benu. She received Banga-Vibhushan, the highest civilian honour in West Bengal in 2011. Supriya Devi was born in Myitkina, Myanmar (then Burma). Her father was noted lawyer Gopal Chandra Banerjee. During World War II, a great number of Indians returned to India after settling in Burma. Supriya's family ended up settling in the southern part of Calcutta. Supriya Devi was seven years old when she made her acting début in two plays directed by her father. She was a keen dancer since her childhood even receiving an award from Thakin Nu, the then Prime Minister of Burma, who was moved by one of her dance recitals. From her childhood her closest friend was Nihar Dutta who married Guha Thakurata Family and became Mrs.Nihar Guha Thakurata, an eminent Social Worker of Burma of her time. In 1948, the Bannerjees left Burma for good and re-settled in Calcutta. They had been refugees in 1942 when the Japanese forces occupied Burma.The young Supriya
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    Thein Oo

    Thein Oo (Burmese: သိန်းဦး; born 10 May 1948) is a pioneer of Myanmar's computer industry, and President of the Myanmar Computer Federation (a semi-governmental Nonprofit organization).
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