The United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC), an umbrella organisation of ethnic armed groups, is to hold an official meeting with the National League for Democracy (NLD) and other Burmese pro-democracy groups for the first time.
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Burma’s workers are losing out on social benefits because they are not aware of their privileges, according to a labour official.
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The nationwide ceasefire accord, development projects and drug eradication were among the top issues discussed when Shan, Wa and Mongla army leaders met with Burma’s president and military chief earlier this week.
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Rakhine Chief Minister U Maung Maung Ohn has told the state’s Emergency Coordination Centre that a plan to resettle about 170,000 people living in camps for the internally displaced has been delayed, ECC member U Than Tun told Mizzima on August 27.
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Yangon regional hluttaw has agreed to discuss on August 29 a proposal by an independent MP to have the Yangon City Development Committee dismissed.
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The Ye Social Society (YSS) has organized a movement to collect signatures from individuals opposed to the construction of a coal-fired power plant in southern Mon State’s Ye Township.
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In a speech delivered at the celebration marking the formation of Border Guard Force, a militia group under the control of the Burma Army, Colonel Chit Thu, claimed that his troops are for the benefit of the Karen people.
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Up to 24 new political parties face de-registration if they do not contest at least one seat in the by-elections due later this year, say senior Union Election Commission officials.
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Property transfer rules are encouraging money laundering and speculation, say members of the real estate industry.
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A Thai-based corporation is asking Burma’s president for support after facing public opposition to its plans to build a coal-fired power plant in Mon State.
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Thailand is expected to post a border-trade surplus with Myanmar within two years as that country welcomes flows of trade and investment, and its growing economy leads to greater purchasing power.
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The British environmental NGO Fauna & Flora International (FFI) has been cooperating with the Burmese subsidiary of China Power Investment (CPI)—the Chinese company that was building the controversial Myitsone Dam—to establish a national park in Kachin State in order to protect a rare species of monkey called the Burmese snub-nosed monkey. However, it’s unclear whether this rare monkey species will thrive in the park because most of the area’s natural forest habitat has been cleared by logging interests.
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The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is providing almost US$12 million to improve safety and security at Burma’s airports, according to a statement Wednesday.
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Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Tzachi Hanegbi, is due to arrive in Myanmar Wednesday, making Israel’s first official visit to the Southeast Asian country in 35 years.
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There was a time when ethnic Arakanese Buddhists and stateless Rohingya Muslims in western Burma lived and worked together. They were once neighbors, albeit uneasy ones, sharing a tense but relatively stable existence.
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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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