Monday, January 12th, 2015

Twenty Muslims accused of having links with terrorists have been sentenced to 7 to14 years in prison in Taunggyi, Shan State, following a five-month trial that their lawyer has decried as biased and without evidence. (more…)

Ten Myanmar women’s groups Friday called for justice for the woman who was killed in clashes between security forces and residents at the controversial copper mine in central Myanmar. (more…)

Rohingya living in refugee camps in Sittwe Township in Rakhine State staged a demonstration Saturday asking for the right to vote in the upcoming 2015 general elections during the visit of UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar. (more…)

Efforts to resolve the standoff between protesters and the Letpadaung copper mining company will get underway at a tripartite meeting on January 14. (more…)

President U Thein Sein flew in to Myitkyina on January 10 to attend the 67th Kachin State Day and traditional Manaw Festival, according to the Global New Light of Myanmar, January 11. (more…)

The leaders of Burma’s most prominent student group, the 88 Generation Peace and Open Society, have held a landmark meeting with the country’s Upper House Speaker in Naypyidaw. (more…)

A proposal to take severe action against some region governments and Union government ministries that do not follow financial rules and regulations will be submitted to the parliament, said Lower House MP Sai Thiha Kyaw of the Joint Committee for Public Accounts. (more…)

Upper House MP Hla Swe said Myanmar’s government should provide assistance to civil society organisations to promote democracy outside parliament. (more…)

The government is being called on to break Myanmar’s oil trading monopoly, as prices remain high, despite falling global rates. (more…)

The ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) has launched a door-to-door voter outreach campaign ahead of Burma’s 2015 national elections, according to party officials, amid lingering uncertainty over the scope of partisan initiatives permitted by the Union Election Commission. (more…)

Dozens of children were among 98 suspected Rohingya trafficking victims from Myanmar discovered in pickup trucks in southern Thailand, police said on Monday, as more checkpoints were set up in the region to combat the trade. (more…)

At least one Kachin child has died and many people are seriously ill as heavy snow and dropping temperatures worsen conditions for Kachin refugees living in camps near Kachin State’s northern border with China. (more…)

Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications (MPT), Burma’s largest state-owned telecom provider, launched a new plan on Monday that will offer consumers internet and phone services at different rates. (more…)

The Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) has confirmed the corporate income tax rate stands at 25 percent for companies registered under the Myanmar Companies Act or Myanmar Foreign Investment Law (FIL). (more…)

Applications for licenses to practice on the Yangon [Rangoon] Stock Exchange (YEX), set to open in October 2015, have been given the go-ahead by the Burmese Securities and Exchange Commission (SECM) by Maung Maung Thein, Deputy Minister for Finance and Revenue and SECM Chairman. (more…)

Old habits die hard. Even as the crystalline water gushes unbounded from the newly installed taps, to the delight of old and young alike, some of the parents are worried: What if it dries up again? (more…)

A million acres of forest have been wiped out to make way for 300 dams in Myanmar since the same projects began, and over 18 million acres of catchment area near the dams need to be preserved, according to Tin Aye, a retired director of the Forest Department in the Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry. (more…)

New Year’s Eve passed quietly in Kanzam, a small village in northern Chin State. While other villages in remote Tonzang Township were busily preparing for a celebration, this one remained eerily still. Kanzam’s old and weather-beaten Catholic chapel was barred shut and entirely without décor. No bells were ringing, no churchgoers singing, no priest stood in the chapel, once the holy heart of this pious village. (more…)

Thai police on Sunday morning seized a large amount of amphetamine pills on an alluvial island in the Moei River, underneath the Thai-Burma Friendship Bridge that spans the two countries’ common border between Myawaddy and Mae Sot. (more…)

A migrant rights NGO is calling on the authorities in southern Thai tourist resorts to respect minimum wage, work permit and social security regulations for Myanmar migrant workers who contribute to the region’s successful economy. (more…)

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