Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Greater government transparency and a declaration of government politicians’ assets will be valuable rewards from the process of joining the Open Government Partnership, according to a civic group leader attending a January 21 workshop in Yangon on the worldwide government reform initiative. (more…)

Prospects for the proposed signing of a ceasefire agreement between the government and ethnic armed groups on Union Day look dim, according to peace negotiators who met in Chiang Mai, Thailand on January 21. (more…)

Rights groups in Rangoon have asked the Burmese government to seek justice for two Kachin women found dead on Tuesday in the northern Shan State village of Kaung Kha. (more…)

Myanmar will be pressing for a common visa for all ASEAN countries during Malaysia’s tenure as chair of the regional organisation, says head of the government’s visa department. (more…)

Locals in the Hpakant area of northern Burma who have been displaced by recent fighting between Burmese government troops and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) are unable to access relief due to a travel ban imposed by government forces. (more…)

A Pobbathiri Township court issued sentences against 19 Nay Pyi Taw residents yesterday for holding a ploughing competition in protest of the government’s seizure of their land to use it for state-run newspapers. (more…)

To mark the centenary of General Aung San’ birthday which falls on February 13, a ceremony to build a stone inscription was held at the General Aung San’s compound in Net Mauk on January 21. (more…)

A joint session of Burma’s Parliament on Thursday voted in favor of an immediate tripling of salaries for national level lawmakers. With the decision parliamentarians ignored a revision to the bill by President Thein Sein that would have introduced the sharp pay rise gradually. (more…)

An MP in Burma’s parliamentary lower house raised a formal question on Wednesday, inquiring what the government can do to help local merchants and farmers in northern Shan State who have been left without payment by Chinese trade partners. The unpaid amount total hundreds of millions of kyat. (more…)

The plunge in global oil prices in recent months has proven to be good news for Burmese consumers, but is shrinking profit margins for the country’s crude exporters, industry observers told The Irrawaddy this week. (more…)

Following a stinging rebuke by the United Nations’ human rights chief, Myanmar’s ultranationalist Buddhist monk fired back Thursday, saying he didn’t regret calling a U.N. special envoy a “whore” and a “bitch” after she criticized a bill opposed to interfaith marriage and religious conversions. (more…)

The US has urged Myanmar to investigate the deaths of two teachers who activists claim were raped and murdered by government troops, as crowds gathered in the country’s far north on January 22 to express rising anger over the killings. (more…)

A commentator with America’s influential Council on Foreign Relations has written a column that expresses concern over opinion that the coming national elections could be “waylaid.” (more…)

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi must have greeted the New Year with some anticipation, and trepidation: 2015 is when her hopes to lead Myanmar will be put to the test. All the battles, campaigns and strategies have been leading towards a chance to get in the ring for a proper electoral showdown. (more…)

The transition to a “discipline flourishing” democracy initiated by the former military regime in 2003 when then Prime Minister General Khin Nyunt unveiled its roadmap to democracy – that he has reportedly said privately was based on plans drafted in 1993 – is on the surface slowly bearing fruit. (more…)

Wirathu is in the news again. But this time, even some of his followers feel that the nationalist Buddhist monk went too far when he called a visiting UN rights envoy a “whore” and a “bitch” in a recent public speech. (more…)