Monday, July 27th, 2015


Military representatives yesterday spoke out against amending the constitution to enable state parliaments to choose their chief ministers – a change considered crucial to greater autonomy for ethnic minorities. One prominent MP warned that a military veto of the proposal could lead to a “political crisis”, as ethnic minority MPs made a strong case for passing the amendment.
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The Monywa District court rejected an appeal on Monday against the two year sentence handed down to columnist and former National League for Democracy (NLD) member Htin Lin Oo for offending religious feeling, according to his lawyer.
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Five student leaders involved in a protest in Rangoon against the continued presence of military lawmakers in Parliament have been charged with unlawful assembly, according to a senior police officer in the commercial capital.
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Four students from Mandalay’s Yadanabon University were arrested on Monday after they spray-painted messages critical of the government on the university’s grounds.
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Renewed fighting between government troops and ethnic Karen rebels in eastern Burma led to a temporary shutdown of the new Asia Highway on Thursday morning.
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Five men found carrying drugs and unlicensed arms late last month may face charges of high treason, according to the Mandalay Division Police Force.
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The Karen Women’s Organization (KWO) and Karen Women’s Empowerment Group (KWEG) has called for the immediate and unconditional release of Naw Ohn Hla, according to a joint press release from the two community organisations on 30 June.
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A solo demonstrator demanding the release of student activists has been sentenced to two years in prison for sedition.
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Prior to British tourists Hannah Witheridge and David Miller’s heinous murders last September, migrant workers’ presence and everyday lives on Koh Tao were not publicly discussed. This situation abruptly changed once migrants were identified by case investigators as key suspects behind the killings.
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Myanmar’s speaker of parliament said on Wednesday that a nationwide referendum would be held during the general elections later this year on a constitutional amendment that lawmakers passed last week regarding the wording of the requirements for top political office holders.
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As opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi makes her way across Myanmar, campaigning for her party ahead of this fall’s national election, she is noticeably skipping at least one state: Rakhine, home to the Rohingya Muslims at the center of Southeast Asia’s refugee crisis.
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A huge Indian military operation to checkmate separatist rebels in the country’s northeastern borders with Myanmar has started, officials told Indian TV channels on Wednesday.
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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) yesterday said it recommended the Central Bank of Myanmar’s official reference rate should reflect market conditions, and close the gap with the unofficial market rate.
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Soft drinks giant Coca-Cola has confirmed that a director of Coca-Cola Pinya Beverages Myanmar (CCPBM) is also a director and minority shareholder in Xie Family Company, which it says operates a local jade business – an industry sanctioned by the US government.
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The introduction of a new note always comes some uncertainty in the Myanmar market. Yesterday, the first day the newly-redesigned K10,000 note entered circulation, concerns that the note will fuel inflation came up again – though were more muted than on previous occasions.
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Banks are reluctant to allow farmers to take out loans by mortgaging their farmlands, despite a new by-law that will permit this in practice, said U Set Aung, deputy governor of the Central Bank of Myanmar, at a public meeting in Nay Pyi Taw on June 29.
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Singapore was Myanmar’s top overseas investor in 2014, accounting for more than half of the over US$8 billion in total inflow, which had doubled from US$4 billion in 2013.
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Burmese military officials have called on their Thai counterparts to help capture Kokang rebel leader Peng Jiasheng, who they claim is hiding in Thailand.
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Burmese refugees in camps along the Thai border are to be given vocational training in an effort to increase the number of refugees willing to return to their home country.
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