Monday, August 17th, 2015


Rumblings of discontent have begun to emerge after over a dozen high-profile parliamentary hopefuls were shunned by Burma’s main opposition party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), from running in the upcoming general election.
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The Union Election Commission (UEC) will leave candidate applications for the November election open for another week, as large swathes of northern and western Burma continue to be ravaged by flooding.
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Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) has announced its candidate list for the upcoming general election.
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The National League for Democracy (NLD) has rejected bids by 17 members of Myanmar’s respected “88 generation” to join its ranks and contest November’s election, a controversial omission of a group that was expected to galvanise its bid to dominate the ballot Reuters reported on 2 August.
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Malayan Banking Bhd (Maybank), Malaysia’s leading bank by assets, commenced branch operations in Burma on Monday, becoming the first Malaysian bank to open a branch in the country.
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Military-Linked Myanmar Economic Holdings Limited (MEHL) has asked a Singapore court to order its partner in Myanmar Brewery to sell its stake by August 20, according to a statement.
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The cost of building the Shwe gas project in the Rakhine offshore basin will be recovered within four years, as the gas field was less expensive to develop than other offshore projects, officials said.
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Chairman of the Union Election Commission U Tin Aye received former Australian prime minister and President of Asia Society Policy Institute Mr Kevin Rudd in Nay Pyi Taw on 28 July.

They discussed election issues including compilation of voters’ list, voter’s education and inviting local and international observers to the general election.

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Last week the British government arranged for Angelina Jolie to visit Burma, in part in her capacity as co-founder of the Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative (PSVI). The British government certainly deserves praise for how it has taken up the issue globally, put it on the international agenda, and in some countries developed projects that are making a noticeable difference on the ground.
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Positioned between two of the largest countries in the world, Myanmar must balance external pressures and internal potential as it continues to grow. Will geographic opportunity translate to national improvement, or will it bring only diplomatic headaches?
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Khu Oo Reh is the General Secretary of the ethnic alliance the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) and the Vice Chairman of the Karenni National Progressive Party (KNPP). In this exclusive in-depth interview, Khu Oo Reh talks about the goals of the UNFC, the current state of the peace process and the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) talks, as well as the role of the international communitywho are engaging with the Burma Government and fundingthe peace process through institutions such as the Myanmar Peace Centre (MPC). The views of the UNFC and ethnic armed organisations, who remain in desperate need of support in order to realise a lasting and sustainable peaceend up too often ignored, overlooked, or misunderstood by international actors. Khu Oo Reh strongly encourages the international community to listen to all sides in order to develop an understanding of the dynamics of the problems they are funding to solve. (more…)

The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) and the Former Political Prisoners Society (FPPS) are greatly disappointed at the release of only a handful of political prisoners this week, among thousands of criminal offenders set free in the amnesty, according to a press release July 31.
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Myanmar has suffered heavy rains, winds and flooding since Cyclone Komen made landfall in Bangladesh on 30 July, causing landslides and damage in different parts of the country, United Nations agencies have warned.
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