Friday, January 23rd, 2015

Burma’s government has accused ethnic rebels of trying to scuttle a nationwide peace deal, as tensions soar in the northern state of Kachin, where an activist said sporadic clashes between the army and insurgents have trapped more than 1,800 villagers. (more…)

Jade mining operations in northern Burma’s Kachin State will not be officially halted due to ongoing conflict in the area, according to a Ministry of Mines official. (more…)

Crowds amassed for a peaceful demonstration against electricity prices in southeastern Burma on Friday, with some attendees estimating attendance at more than 1,000 people. (more…)

The Myanmar government should promptly implement measures to honour its stated commitment towards ending child military recruitment and use, Child Soldiers International said in a report issued on the day when the government released 42 children and young people who have been recruited and used by the Myanmar military. (more…)

Following a study of Want Wam Village-Tract in Kyethe Township, Southern Shan State the Tai Youth Network (TYN) issued a statement saying that the government should clear landmines and unexploded mortar shells from the area. (more…)

Homeless people protested and demanded housing in Thandwe Township, Arakan State on 19 January. (more…)

A spokesperson for the President’s Office said on January 23, the deaths of two Kachin Baptist Convention teachers in Shan State on January 19, would be investigated. (more…)

After a delay of nearly two years, the government announced on Friday it would this month conduct a survey on household living costs in order to determine a nationally set minimum wage. (more…)

A Thai police investigation into the deaths of three Muslim Rohingya migrants being trafficked illegally through the country continued January 21 when a group of rescued people identified the cars used to transport them, according to a report in The Nation January 22. (more…)

Indian President Pranab Mukherjee has called for increased bilateral trade between Myanmar and India during a meeting in New Delhi with visiting Myanmar Vice President Dr Sai Mauk Kham, according to a report in Business Standard on January 22. (more…)

Burma’s Union Parliament decided on Thursday to double down on its endorsement of six-party talks on constitutional reform, and agreed to re-examine a controversial National Education Law passed last year, with lawmakers asking the Ministry of Education to draft amendments for consideration. (more…)

An atmosphere of optimism over the sustainable development of hydropower dams in Burma was tempered by serious concern at the country’s first ever public workshop on dams in Naypyidaw early this week.

Myanmar president’s office spokesman U Zaw Htay said on January 22, that the religious affairs ministry had been asked to look into the “rude and harsh” comments made by controversial monk U Wirathu, but he indicated the government was unlikely to take action. (more…)