February 2012

Ottawa – Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi said on Wednesday it was too early to declare democratic reforms brought in after five decades of military rule were irreversible and played down talk of accepting a cabinet seat. (more…)

‘Canada has helped us greatly’ in movement towards democracy, Nobel laureate says (more…)

Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi has likened her resource-rich country to a rich child living off a trust fund and said she plans to push for greater change in Myanmar if her party wins by-elections due on April 1st. (more…)

Aung San Suu Kyi will receive a business-like reception when she goes to the Myanmar Radio and Television (MRTV) studios to record an NLD campaign speech in March. (more…)

The proposed US $750 million budget of the President’s Office for the 2012-2013 fiscal year will be discussed at the Union Parliament next week amid criticism of planned expenses in all sectors of governance. (more…)

Mandalay – After years of lampooning the junta, Myanmar’s Moustache Brothers aren’t ready to stop poking fun at the regime yet, despite dramatic changes that mean laughter is no longer such a risky business. (more…)

A trial is underway for villagers who have refused a government order to relocate from their homes close to Burma’s capital. (more…)

Yangon—For decades, much of Myanmar’s wealth was tied up in the hands of the country’s military and its cronies. Now, entrepreneurs like Yan Aung Kyaw have emerged as beneficiaries as well as drivers of reform. (more…)

Dhaka: A global campaign against the Shwe Gas Project in western Burma’s Arakan State will be held on the 1st of March, said Ko Won Aung, the coordinator of the Shwe Gas Movement based in Thailand. (more…)

Bangkok – Low-cost Thai AirAsia says it will start a service to Myanmar’s capital, Naypyidaw by year-end and add around five destinations during the first half of the year from three bases in Thailand. (more…)

As Burma’s political parties enter the final month of campaigning ahead of April 1 by-elections, speculation is growing among observers inside the country that National League for Democracy (NLD) leader Aung San Suu Kyi could be given a cabinet seat. (more…)

Once an international pariah ruled by a repressive military regime, Myanmar has in recent months become one of Southeast Asia’s hottest destinations. (more…)

Two prominent Burmese dissidents of the 88 Generation Group say they plan to continue campaigning for democracy either through civil society or by forming a political party. (more…)

Burma’s most prominent opposition party says the last obstacle to a run for parliament by party leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been removed. (more…)

A 17-year-old girl has filed a complaint with the International Labour Organisation in Rangoon in which she claims she was forced to become a sex worker by her aunt and uncle, who duped her parents into allowing them to care for the teenager. (more…)

Yangon, Myanmar — It was a newspaper article that just months ago, Myanmar’s draconian state censors never would have approved.

Laja Yang, Kachin State—The dry daytime heat succumbs to a balmy dusk cool, setting the tree-lined valley in a soft yet vivid glow. Aside from the occasional truck or motorcycle, the verdant landscape rings only to the warbles of birds and lowing of cattle in fields on the valley floor. (more…)

Bangkok – A development spree in Myanmar following recent political reforms may have hidden costs for rural dwellers, especially ethnic minorities, say analysts. (more…)

Made Island, Myanmar – Myanmar Vice President U Tin Aung Myint Oo on Monday spoke highly of a Sino- Myanmar oil and natural gas pipelines project on Made Island, Rakhine state’s Kyaukphyu. (more…)

Nay Pyi Taw- Speaker of Pyithu Hluttaw Thura U Shwe Mann held a meeting with Mr Li Yuanchao, a member of the Politburo of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, Secretary of the CPC Central Committee Secretariat and also Minister of the Organization Department of the Communist Party of China Central Committee at Jiang Su Hall of the People’s Hall in Beijing at 10.30 am on 24 February. (more…)

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