September 2014

Protesters that have been occupying a sidewalk of downtown Rangoon for more than six months have been given a deadline of 3 October to vacate the site and dismantle their encampment. (more…)

A Karen rebel fighter was killed and another injured when a clash broke out on 27 September in Pegu [Bago] Division between Burmese government forces and the Karen National Defence Organisation (KNDO), an armed faction of the Karen National Union (KNU). (more…)

Union government troops are not to be blamed for the recent outbreak of fighting between the Democratic Karen Benevolent Army and the Tatmadaw, U Ye Htut, presidential spokesperson told Mizzima on September 29. (more…)

Taunggyi in Shan State held their first Inter-Faith Peace Youth Forum, organised by the Friendship Social Development Society and held on September 29 at the Saint Joseph Church Memorial Hall. (more…)

The residents of Letpadaungtaung yesterday took to the streets to mark the 22nd month since the violent crackdown on the Letpadaungtaung protesters’ camp and called for the release of Phyu Hnin Htwe, one of the members of the Mandalay Students Union known as Mandalay Ba-Ka-Tha. (more…)

Ministry of Culture officials said they are scheduled to meet with Unesco officials and international archaeological experts in Bagan on Oct 10-12 to discuss what studies are required to complete the World Heritage List nomination for the Buddhist temple complex in central Burma. (more…)

One afternoon in September, a 13-year-old student walking home in central Myanmar was accosted by a young man declaring his love for her. She swore at him. Incensed, he killed her, holding her head under water in a ditch for five minutes. (more…)

Pyithu Hluttaw MPs used the September 29 session of parliament to criticise the management of state owned industry and question its continued existence in the face of regular losses and allegations of graft. (more…)

Nay Pyi Taw-Myanmar’s situation of rule of law has been puny and corruption is influencing over the judicial sector, Lower House MP Thura Aung Ko said at the parliamentary session on September 30. (more…)

One hundred and thirty firms from 22 different countries will exhibit a range of services and products at Burma’s inaugural oil and gas trade fair, which is to be held at the Myanmar Convention Centre on 15– 17 October. (more…)

Myanmar and foreign companies wanting to enter the insurance market will need to be patient, says Deputy Finance Minister Dr Maung Maung Thein. (more…)

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will make his first foreign trip next week with a two-day visit to neighbouring Myanmar, and in mid-October will attend the Asia-Europe Meeting (Asem) in Italy, the government spokesman said Tuesday. (more…)

A Myanmar Buddhist monk and a Sri Lankan ultranationalist both known for campaigning against Muslims signed an agreement on Tuesday to work together to protect Buddhism, which they say is being challenged worldwide. (more…)

Last week, Burma Army Commander-in-Chief Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing paid his first official visit to Japan at the invitation of General Shigeru Iwasaki, Chief of Staff of Japan’s Self-Defense Forces. This marked the first visit by a commander-in-chief to Tokyo since Gen Ne Win visited Japan in the 1960s. (more…)

Hla Swe is an Upper House MP representing Magwe Division’s Constituency No. 12 for the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) and a Central Executive Committee member. (more…)

Myanmar’s foreign minister promised Monday his country is working to end violence between Buddhists and Muslims in Rakhine state and urged the world against “jumping to conclusions” about a situation that has drawn global condemnation. (more…)

Colombo, Sri Lanka – A radical monk from Myanmar who has preached hatred toward Muslims and is the spiritual leader of a movement to boycott Muslim businesses said Sunday that his movement would join hands with a Sri Lankan group to “protect Buddhism around the world.” (more…)

Local people in Kalay town in Sagaing Region staged a protest yesterday, calling for a ban on construction of a coal-fired power plant and a supply of electricity from the national grid. (more…)

Local bankers are holding their breath ahead of the plunge of foreign banks receiving licences and setting up shop in Myanmar. (more…)

Legal rice exports to China took a step closer to becoming reality last week, as Chinese and Myanmar officials inked an agreement as part of a move to ensure rice quality. (more…)

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