Tuesday, August 4th, 2015


Negotiators representing the Union government and armed ethnic groups will meet in Yangon on 22 July aiming to strike a deal on the official signing of the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) a senior adviser at the Myanmar Peace Centre said Thursday according to a report in the Global New Light of Myanmar on 17 July.
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Fearing an “adverse situation” at its hideouts in Taga, Myanmar, in the wake of the Myanmar army’s movement towards the area, the National Socialist Council of Nagaland – Khaplang (NSCN-K) has started constructing bunkers there, according to Indian intelligence intercepts the Times of India reported on 16 July.
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Ethnic Karen rebels in eastern Myanmar’s Kayin state plan to launch an attack on government troops to coincide with the official opening of a major highway in the area next month, the group’s commander said Thursday, amid a series of clashes between the two sides in recent weeks.
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The Karen Peace Support Network (KPSN) released a statement that said that fighting between the DKBA and government army during July on the Asia Highway had damaged recent peace initiatives.
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The draft framework for political dialogue (FPD) is now almost completed according to reports coming from the FPD consultations in Rangoon, which ended on 10 July.
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A board of Mon Buddhist monks will draw up rules and regulations on how to celebrate traditional Mon religious festivals and ceremonies across Mon State said Sayadaw Thilar Sarya, of Auk Pegu Monastery, in Moulmein
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Myanmar’s broadcasting industry is set for significant changes as the Government moves forward with a new broadcasting law which is nearing completion according to a CommuniCast media release on the 16 July.
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The Union Solidarity and Development Party leadership has rejected requests from key ministers in President U Thein Sein’s cabinet to shift to safe seats in the November 8 election.
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The government and ethnic negotiators say they are hopeful of making progress on a draft nationwide ceasefire agreement during talks in Yangon next week, but observers have expressed doubt that any deal can be reached.
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A senior representative of the Chin National Democratic Party (CNDP) said an increase in the number of ethnic-based political parties in Chin State will create tougher competition in the upcoming general election, though the party expected to win a majority of the regional seats.
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Myanmar and India yesterday agreed to send a high-level delegation to the Nagaland border region, following a controversial cross-border raid by Indian army soldiers against a Naga armed group in northern Sagaing Region on June 9.
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Citigroup Inc and Standard Chartered Plc are set to advise Myanmar on its first credit rating, according to people with direct knowledge of the matter, paving the way for the country to issue its maiden international bond.
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Manila office worker Catherine Anunciacion, 28, wanted new friends so she joined Peekawoo, a dating app made for women that emphasizes fun and companionship—and nothing more.
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Myanmar’s central bank has started a slow depreciation of its kyat currency in an effort to stabilize fluctuations by bringing the official exchange rate closer in line with the market rate, reported Reuters on 16 July quoting a senior central bank official.
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International labor groups and multinational companies this week urged the government and recalcitrant garment manufacturers in Burma to accept a daily minimum wage of 3,600 kyats (US$3.20), a proposal put forward by the National Minimum Wage Committee late last month.
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Burma’s export volume rose slightly in the first quarter of the 2015-16 fiscal year compared with the same period last year, but failed to keep pace with increasing imports in an indication that the weakening of the country’s currency in recent months has failed to curtail a growing trade deficit.
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Local and foreign students at Yangon’s International Theravada Buddhist Missionary University (ITBMU) will be able to stay at a new K490 million dormitory, the university authorities announced on July 15.
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Burma’s Government is intensifying intimidation and arrest of student activists as a nationwide election nears on November 8, 2015.
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It’s 9am on a Tuesday, and the usual noisiness that accompanies school mornings rings out across the village of Do Ki Ta.
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The delegates from the International University of Health and Welfare (IUHW) of Japan are visiting Ulaanbaatar at the cooperation request from the Mongolian National University of Medical Sciences (MNUMS).
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