Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

The Myanmar military has intensified its assault on the headquarters of an ethnic rebel army in the country’s north this week, raising fears about a fresh humanitarian crisis near the border with China and highlighting the fragility of the former dictatorship’s nascent move toward civilian rule. (more…)

As Burmese government troops seized control of another Kachin Independence Army (KIA) outpost on Wednesday, relief workers said that already overcrowded refugee camps near the group’s headquarters are seeing a fresh influx of civilians fleeing from intensified fighting. (more…)

Plans to hold a rally in Myitkyina calling for an end to war in Kachin State have been thwarted by the Kachin State capital’s chief of police. (more…)

Shan political parties and armed groups, representing all ethnic nationalities from the diverse eastern state, are set to attend a historic regional assembly next month in a bid to promote ethnic unity and federalism in Burma. (more…)

The rape of a 12-year-old disabled girl in Burma’s commercial capital has triggered calls for better laws to protect those with disabilities as part of reforms pushed by President Thein Sein. (more…)

Myanmar President Thein Sein has established a nine-member anti-corruption team in his latest reform for the country’s newly unshackled economy. (more…)

Myanmar’s new reformist government revoked the publishing license of a magazine for the first time Wednesday, saying it violated regulations by publishing sexual material when it was supposed to cover fashion. (more…)

A Karen National Union delegations met with Vice-Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, the head of the Defense Ministry and the Tatmadaw (Burma Army), in the country’s capital, Naypyidaw, to talk about the need for nationwide ‘concrete ceasefire agreements’ between all ethnic armed groups and the government. (more…)

The investment cost for the Dawei megaproject in Myanmar has been increased to nearly 325 billion baht to reflect higher construction costs, according to the latest study by the government’s planning unit. (more…)

A public company needs to be formed to run the Thilawa Special Economic Zone, said the National Planning and Economic Development Deputy Minister Set Aung. (more…)

Farmers in Pegu Division and parts of the Irrawaddy Delta are being forced to sell their rice crops at low prices to pay off high-interest loans incurred as a result of flooding during last year’s growing season, according to sources in the area known as Burma’s rice bowl. (more…)

Jakarta – The Rohingya Muslim minority group in western Myanmar needs long-term support to recover from recent sectarian violence, the Indonesian foreign minister said Wednesday after a visit to the area. (more…)