Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013


Fighting between the country’s military and the armed wing of the Kachin Independence Organisation (KIO) has worsened in recent days as the army battled to regain one of its bases, a government negotiator involved in peace efforts. (more…)

The government is ready to negotiate with the Kachin Independence Organisation (KIO) and is willing to listen to their demands through a political dialogue, a top government official told The Myanmar Times. (more…)

A teenager, who was brutally assaulted by soldiers from the Burmese army after a minor traffic collision two weeks ago, has died from injuries sustained in the attack, according to his mother. (more…)

A Chinese company has been given permission to test sand in northern Arakan State for suspected deposits of aluminum and titanium, raising concerns among local people about the possible impact of a mining operation in the area. (more…)

Thanbyuzayat – The Myanmar government has announced plans to complete a railroad and highway to promote economic development in areas inhabited by ethnic minorities on the route of the Thailand-Burma Railway built by the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II. (more…)

Myanmar’s president made his first New Year’s address to the nation Tuesday as part of what he called a new campaign to communicate directly with the people. (more…)

Myanmar rang in 2013 with its first public New Year’s Eve countdown and a grand fireworks display, a celebration unprecedented in the former military-ruled country. (more…)

Myanmar’s government is aiming at developing tourism in the country – but not at any cost. It has drawn up plans to ensure economic, ecological and social sustainability in the sector.
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One of Burma’s leading banks, Cooperative Bank (CB), has forged an alliance with Japan’s Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ (BTMU), the largest bank in Japan, according to various media sources. (more…)

Import permits were issued for 120,000 cars coming into Burma between September 2011 and December 7, 2012. (more…)

The property market in Mandalay is on the decline and is expected to lag again in 2013 from high prices and a lack of buyer interest in the city’s outskirts, property brokers said last week. (more…)

Police say about 450 asylum seekers from Myanmar have landed in Malaysia after a dangerous boat journey that left one dead.
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Thai authorities say Rohingya Muslim refugees allegedly fleeing sectarian violence and persecution in western Burma must be sent back to their homeland. (more…)

Indonesia has taken in nine shipwreck survivors believed to be refugees from Myanmar, ending weeks of uncertainty for the men, who were refused permission to come ashore in Singapore. (more…)

New Delhi, Jan. 1: Myanmar has sought India’s help in untangling an insurgency knot involving the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and the NSCN (Khaplang). (more…)

Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso will travel to Myanmar on Wednesday to hold talks with President Thein Sein, sources said. (more…)

The government’s efforts to reform the long-dormant economy and tackle endemic poverty through 2011 and 2012 have failed to reach the intended targets, sources said last week. (more…)

While Washington’s engagement with Burma is a demonstration of the triumph of diplomacy over isolation, the future depends on Yangon’s commitment to democratic processes. (more…)

The civil war between Kachin Independence Army and government armed forces has turn out to be more and more ruthless, since news of fierce fighting cover largely even in the social media.

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Stranded beside their decrepit flotilla of wooden boats, on a muddy beach far from home, the Muslim refugees tell story after terrifying story of their exodus from a once-peaceful town on Myanmar’s western coast. (more…)