A group of activist organisations in Myanmar demanded the setting up of an independent commission on Wednesday to probe the killing of a journalist in army custody, saying the military had delayed reporting his death for almost three weeks. (more…)

Local farmers in Labutta Township, Irrawaddy Division, are facing hardship after their rice paddies were flooded by saltwater, wiping out several farmers’ entire harvests. (more…)

A powerful group of Buddhist nationalist lobbyists has planned nationwide rallies in support of a controversial bill that some say would effectively outlaw interfaith marriage in Burma. Organizers said that they are demanding immediate passage of the Interfaith Marriage Bill, which they first proposed in 2013. (more…)

Myanmar has chosen a Japan-Singapore consortium to build its fourth international airport, a $1.5 billion project north of the country’s biggest city Yangon, a senior transport ministry official said on Wednesday. (more…)

Eight farmers jailed for staging a plough protest on military-confiscated land in Sagaing Division’s Kanbalu Township are now facing additional charges for illegal trespassing. (more…)

Myanmar’s antiquated electricity distribution system is causing a loss of 30 per cent for every dollar invested in generation, Singapore-based consultancy New Crossroads Asia said, citing estimates previously made by the International Financial Corporation. (more…)

The first-ever meeting among Burma’s top government officials, major political parties and ethnic alliances is scheduled for later this week in Naypyidaw, where participants are expected to attempt to resolve the country’s political deadlock and address the direction of future reform. (more…)

Burma’s President Thein Sein announced plans on Wednesday to hold a meeting between representatives of the government, parliament, military and political parties. (more…)

Thailand’s premier said on October 29 that police will allow two Myanmar men accused of killing a pair of British tourists on a Thai island to have another DNA test, as questions mount over the murder probe. (more…)

In what is being heralded as one of the biggest foreign company acquisitions in Myanmar, Colgate-Palmolive has stepped in to snap up Laser Brand Toothpaste for a rumoured US$100 million, according to a media report. (more…)

Protesters took to the streets of Banmauk in Sagaing Division this weekend, calling for official measures to tackle rampant drug problems in the region. (more…)

Foreign investment volume, up until October in this fiscal year, has reached nearly US$2 billion in hotel sector in Myanmar, according to the Ministry of Hotel and Tourism. (more…)

The embassies of the United States and Britain have called on the Burmese government to launch a transparent investigation into the recent killing of a local journalist by the Burma Army. (more…)

Amnesty International is calling on the United Nations General Assembly to adopt a resolution on the country which addresses the government’s “backtracking on human rights” in light of a report by UN Special Rapporteur Ms Yanghee Lee. (more…)

Foreign investment volume, up until October in this fiscal year, has reached nearly US$2 billion in hotel sector in Myanmar, according to the Ministry of Hotel and Tourism. (more…)

For years Pearl Condominium, a complex of four high-rise buildings towering over one of Yangon’s busiest roads, was shunned by prospective commercial tenants. Demand was low in the sanction years, so it didn’t make sense for its owner, Asia Express, to invest in improvements. (more…)

The exiled Burmese activist Aung Din recently returned to his native country for the first time in 16 years. Many formerly exiled activists have returned since President Thein Sein’s government began introducing political reforms in 2011. (more…)

Efforts to sign a nationwide ceasefire appear to have stalled in recent months, despite several meeting between ethnic leaders and the government, raising concerns about Burma’s peace process prospects. (more…)

Every morning, before the start of the day’s parliamentary session, military representatives arrive at the hluttaw in Nay Pyi Taw in buses. One after another they alight from the buses, their uniforms perfectly pressed and hair neatly groomed, army briefcases bulging with documents under their arms. These members of parliament are ready for another day on a job for which they did not enlist. (more…)

Drug dealers from across the country are increasingly setting up shop in Mingalar Taung Nyunt township, police say, taking advantage of its large and ethnically diverse population, access to wholesale markets and thriving nightlife to peddle illicit substances. (more…)

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