BUSINESS -- Price of LPG doubles due to Thai coup

The price of liquid petroleum gas (LPG) – the substance used mainly for cooking – has more than doubled in Burma during the last month due to a shortage in Thailand amid a military coup. The owner of a gas shop in Rangoon said that the LPG price, which stood at about 2,600 kyat (US$2.68) per tank last month, has now risen to about 6,500 kyat this week. Many gas shops have also temporarily closed due to a lack of LPG supplies.