In a recent meeting with the 88 Generation Peace and Open Society’s Farmers’ Affairs Committee, many farmers from Mon State’s Ye Township expressed their dismay at having been forced to accept compensation at below-market prices for land confiscated by the military government.
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Activists in Burma began a signature campaign on Tuesday to tally public opposition to an electoral system based on proportional representation (PR), which some parties including the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party are pushing to implement ahead of nationwide elections next year.
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Two well-known activists have been sentenced to three months in prison for violating Burma’s controversial Right to Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Procession Act, after staging a rally without prior permission from local authorities.
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The UN Secretary-General’s Special Advisor on Burma Vijay Nambiar on Monday concluded his eighth official visit to the country in the past year, after a week in which he met a host of senior officials in Naypyidaw, discussed the resumption of international aid with community leaders in Arakan State and attended a round of ceasefire talks in Rangoon as an observer.
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Myanmar needs a moral revolution if it is to achieve real democracy, says National League for Democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.
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The 2014 Green Energy Summit was hosted in Yangon on August 5. Private sector representatives and energy experts from more than 20 countries joined the discussion.
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Reporters learned from the Muse Economic Zone on the 22nd that a new jade market will be established at the Muse Central Economic Zone that borders Ruili in 2015.
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China has a large population with a huge demand for everything. The short supply of raw teak material has become increasingly evident. Teak is tropical and grows between the two tropics. Only a small amount could be produced in Guangdong, Yunnan and Spratly in China. Meanwhile, China enjoys a huge teak market, with teak furniture and floor being the most popular items for Chinese. Faced with the shortage of teak supply, teak businesses turn their attention to overseas markets to increase the import of teak, especially from Southeast Asian countries such as Myanmar and Vietnam.
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Burma’s main group representing teachers has said it cannot endorse the National Education Bill because the government failed to conduct proper consultation and heed advice on the law.
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Tens of thousands of people are fleeing violence in Myanmar only to be robbed, beaten and starved on boats helmed by human traffickers, according to a new report from the United Nations Refugee Agency.
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The family of a Burmese migrant worker killed in a boiler explosion at a cloth-dying factory in Samut Prakan, Thailand on August 17th will be compensated 100,000 baht, or 3 million kyat, according to U Thein Naing, the labor attaché at Burma’s Embassy in Thailand.
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According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on August 11, Myanmar president Thein Sein met with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in the President’s palace in Naypyidaw. Thein Sein committed to Myanmar’s active participation in the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar Economic Corridor.
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Even as countries such as China, Japan and Vietnam are investing heavily in Myanmar, capital inflows from India into that country lag. Now, the government of Myanmar has expressed displeasure at the lacklustre investment from India and delay in implementation of Indian projects there.
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After fleeing their homes amid armed conflict, many displaced women in northern Burma lack opportunities to earn a living. At camps for internally displaced people (IDPs), some have been waiting for three years to go home, where they can find jobs or farm the land. To make the wait a little easier, one philanthropist is teaching them to weave and sell handicrafts at markets. Phyu Ei Thein, founder of the Sunflower Group, offers classes at IDP camps in Kachin State while also encouraging women across the country to support themselves by learning to weave at loom institutes. She spoke with The Irrawaddy about her work.
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(In Mray Bon township of Arakan, over 1000 Muslims have applied for the Burmese citizenship status. Local authorities are presently engaged with the scrutinizing process under the guidelines of 1982 Burmese Citizenship Act. People are expecting that all the applicants would be considered as Burmese Citizens. Narinjara News talked to U Maung Maung Than, director general  of Immigration Department, recently and the excerpts are here).
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Buddhist Arakanese leaders are considering a proposal that would see Rohingya Muslims without documentation proving their right to citizenship detained in camps.
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More than 1,000 residents of Kachin State’s Hpakant Township have been displaced by flooding over the past few days in the area, known for rich jade deposits that have spawned a veritable Wild West in illegal mining activities.
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The Rangoon divisional government has awarded a multi-billion dollar contract to a largely unknown public company to implement the Rangoon expansion plan, a development plan that will see Burma’s biggest city grow by tens of thousands of acres.
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More than a hundred farmers from nine villages in Hpa-an Township, Karen State, staged a rally on Monday demanding the return of lands they say were seized by the military many years ago.
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Tight security surrounded the re-consecration of a famed Buddhist stupa, which once stood on the site of the Latpadaung copper mine in Sagaing Division, central Burma.
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