A freelance photographer from Monywa was detained by local authorities on Friday for posting a satirical photo on his Facebook page that mocked authorities.
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The Myanmar Red Cross Society (MRCS) has asked state and divisional governments not to assign its members to Burma Army units and allow the organization to focus on its core humanitarian work, as the organization seeks to end its historically close relationship with the military.
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A representative of the United Wa State Army (UWSA), Burma’s most powerful ethnic armed group, on Friday denied allegations made by the Burma Army that the UWSA is involved in the ongoing Kokang conflict in northern Shan State.
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Following complaints that people are being forcibly conscripted into the Restoration Council of Shan State / Shan State Army (RCSS/SSA) S.H.A.N. spoke to Lieutenant Yawd Serk the RCSS/SSA chairman about the issue.
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A Baptist missionary tour that did not have a township administrator’s letter of recommendation was asked for 200,000 kyats by a Burma Army commander in Ta-Pauk-Kan Village, Paletwa Township, Chin State on 17 February.
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The Burma Army and private companies own most of the land in Kayah State according to Sayar Kawrio the organiser of a farmer’s conference held to review land confiscation and land policy.
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Facebook users in Bangladesh have reacted angrily to the posting of a map on the Myanmar Air Force Facebook page that showed what was termed the “Future Myanmar Empire” that displayed Bangladesh as Myanmar territory, reports the Dhaka Tribune on February 26.
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Around 30 trucks owned by a silica mining company had their route blocked as part of a protest against mining operations in northern Shan State on Thursday.
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Maung Maung Than, director general of the National Registration Department, told the Eleven Media on February 26 that further processing of the White Card has to follow the instruction of the government’s analysing commission which contains experts.
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A proposal to adopt a proportional representative (PR) system in the Upper House parliament was submitted to the Constitutional Tribunal in order to assess whether it accords with Myanmar’s constitution.
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A Burmese Labor Ministry official has warned Burmese migrant workers in Thailand that they should renew their Thai work permits before the permits expire on March 31.
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Succeding on its second try, the government persuaded has Pyidaungsu Hluttaw to accept a US$300 million from Exim Bank of China on February 25, but only after lengthy debate. Parliament had turned down the loan at its last session, in part due to concerns about the interest rate and how the funds would be managed.
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The unexpected suspension of the Myitsone dam project in late 2011 raised the hopes of many Myanmar people that a new approach to infrastructure planning may be on the horizon.
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The Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department in Sagaing Division has imposed a temporary ban on the transportation of poultry across the region amid a fresh outbreak of bird flu.
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Nine representatives from the All Burma Federation of Student Unions (ABFSU) met with Union Parliament Speaker Shwe Mann and the Lower House Draft Law Committee in Naypyidaw on Friday, expressing concerns over what they believe to be an attempt by the Ministry of Education to derail reforms to the National Education Law.
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The back road through Namkham Township, a mountainous cluster of village tracts abutting the border with China and Kachin State, is these days more peaceful than its recent history would suggest. The route has occasionally hosted flashpoints of conflict between the Burma Army and local ethnic armed groups operating in the area, including the Kachin Independence Army and Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA). At the moment, however, there are no military checkpoints, and cars taking the six-hour route from Lashio enjoy an uninterrupted passage through a serene landscape of mountain ranges and pastures.
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A migrant worker captured by soldiers from an unknown armed in the Kokang region managed to escape after being held at gunpoint and tortured. After reaching the Mansu Shan monastery in Lashio, which is sheltering hundreds of people made homeless by the fighting, Ko Zin Min Aung received medical treatment at Lashio general hospital. From his hospital bed he told The Myanmar Times about his ordeal.
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In this week’s edition of Dateline Irrawaddy, first aired on DVB on Wednesday, The Irrawaddy English edition editor Kyaw Zwa Moe is joined by two photojournalists—JPaing of The Irrawaddy and Lynn Bo Bo from the European Pressphoto Agency — to discuss their experience of the Feb. 17 attack on a Red Cross convoy, amid the ongoing conflict in Laukkai.
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Narinjara has interviewed Major General Tun Myat Naing the chief of the Arakan Army (AA) about their involvement in the fighting against the Burma Army in the Kokang area.
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Buddhists and Muslims in the central city of Meiktila were separated along faith lines after interreligious violence destroyed roughly 800 homes in 2013. Now residents have petitioned the government to allow them to reintegrate, but some remain skeptical about the neighbors’ prospects for peace.
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