Friday, January 2nd, 2015

More than 50 organizations and political parties this week issued a statement condemning the government for an incident last month in which police clashed with protestors at the Letpadaung copper mine, killing a 56-year-old woman, with the groups calling for the creation of a committee to resolve the long-running dispute at the project site. (more…)

Dinner parties with the generals – that’s how reporters could soon be getting their scoops from the military, if a proposal from a senior Tatmadaw officer is put into action. (more…)

The All Burma Students’ Democratic Front (ABSDF) and peace negotiators have held high-level talks ahead of a meeting of ethnic armed group leaders and President Thein Sein, more than a year after the government and the once-outlawed student army brokered a ceasefire. (more…)

The Speaker, who is also chairman of the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party and expected to be a contender for the next presidency, said the current 5 million kyat (US$4,800) salary is not enough pay for the responsibilities of the post. (more…)

In a recent report about Myanmar’s progress in 2014, President Thein Sein said he is unable to ensure that political reforms meet the people’s expectations. (more…)

Parliamentary Speaker Thura Shwe Mann said the farmer protection law can resolve more than 90 per cent of problems farmers are now facing if it becomes effective. (more…)

A camp for internally displaced persons in Kachin State suffered a devastating fire on Monday that has gutted at least 100 households, according to local reports. (more…)

Business is booming in the tourism sector, President Thein Sein said in his monthly radio address on Thursday, announcing that Burma received more than 3 million visitors and raked in US$3 billion last year. (more…)

Myanmar will formalise sales of government debt via an auction system in Yangon this month, a central bank official said on Friday, the latest move to boost overstretched state coffers and reform the country’s fledgling economy. (more…)

Debate is heating up on the draft Banks and Financial Institutions Law, which is set to significantly change the rules under which the banking sector operates. (more…)

There are a lot more cars piling into Yangon than ever before, and less room to park them. (more…)

A domestic car production industry may take shape in the future as a national plan is drawn up, though for now imported vehicles dominate, according to experts. (more…)

Malaysia will kick-start its chairmanship of ASEAN in 2015 by hosting the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Retreat in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia from January 27 to 28, according the ASEAN secretariat in a press release received on January 2. (more…)