Presidential spokesperson, U Ye Htut sent out a warning shot to speaker of the Amyotha Hluttaw, U Khin Aung Myint on September 18, saying that he should only criticise government ministers if he can be specific and provide reliable evidence. (more…)

Minister of Information Ye Htut told a media conference on Thursday that he intends to push ahead with a plan that would turn state-owned newspapers into “public service print media,” making Burma one of the few countries in the world where the government continues to fund daily newspapers. (more…)

When Barack Obama became the first sitting US president to visit Myanmar in November 2012, the country’s leadership unveiled an ambitious reform agenda that promised to set the country on what Obama called a “remarkable journey” towards democracy. (more…)

Student activist, Saw Thet Thun was arrested twice – in 1991 and 1999 – spending nearly 20 years in prison, he was released in 2007. (more…)

Nearly six months after international aid workers fled Myanmar’s Rakhine State when Buddhist mobs attacked their offices and accused them of aid bias, international humanitarian aid services remain restricted, despite the needs of hundreds of thousands of people. (more…)

University teachers have accused the Ministry of Education of transferring them from Yangon to regional universities because of their involvement in union activities. (more…)

Two competing groups of political parties plan to draft a proposed framework for political dialogue for peace talks planned for next year. (more…)

Nine policemen were injured as they tried to free officials held hostage by dozens of angry workers demanding wages and compensation after their factory was closed, authorities said on September 18. (more…)

Buddhist monks will continue to involve themselves in politics and co-operate with political organisations and democracy activists, said Sayadaw U Sandar Thiri, of the organising committee for an event held in Thingang kuun Township, Yangon on September 18, to commemorate the seventh anniversary of the protest led by Buddhist monks that has become known as Myanmar’s Saffron Revolution. (more…)

The 8-8-88 uprising occurred in Burma (as it was then known) more than 26 years ago, but it was only 25 years later, in August 2013, that the people of Myanmar (as it is now called) were officially allowed to commemorate it. Today marks another significant anniversary in the country’s long struggle for democracy: Sept. 18, the day 26 years ago that a military coup brought about the violent suppression of the 1988 uprising. (more…)

Total direct investment by US companies in Myanmar remains at slightly more than US$243 million as of June 2014, according to the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA). (more…)

U Khin Aung Myint said he would send the letter after receiving a report from the Amyotha Hluttaw. The Human Rights Committee will compile a report on those who have been killed, as well as the apparent attempt to assassinate two prominent Rakhine MPs in February. (more…)

Two more Burmese migrant workers in Malaysia’s Penang State were murdered on Sunday, bringing the number killed this year in the fellow Southeast Asian nation to about 20, according to a Kuala Lumpur-based migrant advocacy group. (more…)

Residents of Rakhine State’s capital, Sittwe, will protest against any attempt by Medicins Sans Frontieres-Holland (MSF) to return to the state, they said, following an announcement by the government that it had signed an agreement with the non-governmental organisation allowing it to resume its medical programmes in Rakhine. (more…)

Foreign investment in August was nearly half the US$5 billion targetted for the 2014-2015 fiscal year, Department of Investment and Companies Administration director-general U Aung Naing Oo told journalists this week. (more…)

Teknaf, Bangladesh: 16 Rohingyas were arrested by BGB (Border Guard Bangladesh) officers and sent back to Burma on September 16th, according to Hafez Mohamed Khasim from Teknaf. (more…)

Five residential areas of Tachilek, on the border between Shan State and northern Thailand, were devastated by floods on Wednesday evening. Heavy rains caused nearby mountain streams to overflow and sweep through low-lying towns. (more…)

The Anti-Corruption Commission must be completely independent and start doing what it was set up to do – uncover corruption and take action against anyone involved in corruption, no matter who they are, Upper House MP Hla Swe said. (more…)

The Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry is unable to control the illegal timber trade despite the export ban on raw logs imposed on April 1, its minister admitted in Parliament on September 17. (more…)

Upper house MPs have called on the government to improve the lives of Rakhine people as its “national duty”, with speaker U Khin Aung Myint urging it to speed up development projects in Rakhine State to combat widespread poverty. (more…)

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