Monday, August 3rd, 2015


Two student leaders charged with protesting illegally and inciting public alarm attended their first hearing on Wednesday at two Rangoon township courts, where the accused declined the presiding judge’s bail offer on grounds that their prosecution is unjust.
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The ethnic armed groups’ new negotiating bloc will meet with the government’s Union Peacemaking Work Committee (UPWC) for talks in Rangoon on July 22, according to representatives who attended a preparatory dialogue in northern Thailand on Wednesday.
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Residents of Yay Htwat village in Mandalay Division’s Thabeikkyin Township said Tuesday that they plan to file a lawsuit against police and local authorities who they claim are responsible for a violent altercation last week in which one man was shot and several others were injured.
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Two labour union leaders arrested during strikes in February refused to appear for their court hearing yesterday, hoping the act of defiance would reveal what they allege is a sham trial, as well as rampant abuses in the garment sector. Dozens of former colleagues and labour union members came out to support the gesture.
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The Myanmar Army and Kayin Border Guard Force continued to search on Tuesday for remnants of the Klo Htoo Baw Karen Organization (KKO), or Democratic Kayin Benevolent Association (DKBA) in Kayin State’s Kawkareik Township after reopening two roads that had been seized by the ethnic armed group the Global New Light of Myanmar reported on 15 July.
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The Myanmar government has advised garment bosses to agree to a proposed national minimum wage on a trial basis local media reported according to the fibre2fashion website on 14 July.
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Dr Than Htut Aung, the CEO of Eleven Media Group, was attacked by assailants using slingshots and metal nuts as he drove home from work in central Rangoon on Tuesday evening. He was reported to be unhurt. Police released a statement on Wednesday morning saying they had apprehended two suspects.
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The President’s Office and senior Union Solidarity and Development Party officials have scotched reports that U Thein Sein has definitively ruled out running in the November 8 election or taking a second term as president.
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Members of the 88 Generation Peace and Open Society have confirmed that leaders of the group will contest November’s general election, with analysts predicting they will run as candidates for the National League for Democracy.
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With Myanmar’s national elections less than six months away, the million dollar question is: Who will be the next leader of the country?
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The New Mon State Party (NMSP)  has urged Mon people to cast their ballots for one of the two Mon political parties, either the Mon National Party (MNP) or the All Mon Regions Democracy Party (AMDP).
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Export volumes will remain low throughout this fiscal year and for the coming few years, according to a Ministry of Commerce official.
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Retail sellers of petrol say the market is being hit by a sliding exchange rate just as competition is set to intensify.
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Burma’s state-owned Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications (MPT) on Wednesday halved the price of landline phone installation after years of wringing the country’s monopolized communications market.
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Thailand, China and Burma are expected to sign a memorandum of understanding for the development of the 7,000-megawatt Mong Ton hydropower project on the upper Salween River this year, Thailand’s The Nation reported on Wednesday, quoting Thai Energy Minister Narongchai Akrasanee.
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The annual gems emporium in Naypyidaw has ended on a low, with jade sales down 63 percent, a decrease blamed on ongoing armed conflict in Kachin State.
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A judge has granted bail to 10 student activists and two supporters detained at Letpadan during protests against the National Education Law in March. Bail was set at K10 million at yesterday’s hearing in Bago Region’s Tharyarwady township.
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The first India-Myanmar Joint Consultative Commission (JCC) Meeting co-chaired by the External Affairs Minister of India and the Foreign Minister of Myanmar is scheduled to be held in New Delhi on 16 July according to a media release on 14 July.
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A United Nations team is heading to the conflict-hit Kokang region of northeastern Shan State, officials said yesterday, the first time the aid providers have been granted access since heavy fighting erupted in February.
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United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has written to the parliament urging a regional solution to the boat crisis that erupted in May, as state media reported Myanmar’s navy had discovered more than 100 migrants stranded for weeks on a southern island.
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