Tuesday, September 1st, 2015


Burma’s Commander-in-Chief Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing says there is “no prospect for peace” with the ethnic Kokang militants of the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA) as it was they who provoked fighting in Laogai by attacking government forces first.
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A civilian was fatally shot in an altercation with a soldier near Nentein village on the road linking Mogaung and Hpakant in Kachin State over the weekend.
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A meeting of ethnic armed groups concluded in northern Thailand on Monday with a pledge to work together to sign an all-inclusive nationwide ceasefire accord ahead of an upcoming meeting with President Thein Sein.
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Two senior Burma Army officials have been freshly appointed as Union ministers, the President’s Office announced on Monday, the latest reassignment in the wake of a major political reshuffle leading up to a general election to be held on Nov. 8.
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Burma’s powerful commander-in-chief has reiterated that the military will respect the outcome of the Nov. 8 general election, seen as a crucial test of the country’s reform process.
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A Rohingya member of the Union Parliament barred from contesting Nov. 8 elections on the basis that his parents were not Burmese citizens at the time of his birth said on Monday he would appeal the decision and hoped to stand in the vote.
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Aung San Suu Kyi said Tuesday she was confident her opposition party would win Myanmar’s landmark elections if they are free and fair, but raised concern at the country’s overall progress towards democracy.
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Taiwan-based Asian Barometer Survey polled 1,620 respondents across all 14 of Burma’s states and divisions, asking more than 200 questions on a wide range of subjects.
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The National League for Democracy and the 88 Generation Peace and Open Society have pledged to work together through the election period and after, with the constitutional amendment still a major focus.
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The Myanmar government will join hands with Facebook to remove any posts that may incite violence during the upcoming election campaign period Channel News Asia reported on 25 August.
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As the kyat continues its eight-month slide against foreign currencies, the Central Bank of Myanmar will soon set down punishments against businesses charging in US dollars, according to official sources.
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IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, announced today that it will provide a $7 million convertible loan to Myanmar Oriental Bank Ltd. to help the lender expand financing for small and medium enterprises in urgent need of capital to grow their businesses and create jobs The Financial reported on 19 August.
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Thura U Shwe Mann’s removal from power has shaken Myanmar’s business elites and captured the attention of foreign investors.
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Peak tourism season is nearing, and insiders are cautiously watching current events for effects on foreign arrivals.

There has been extensive flooding through much of the country and a high-profile pair of bombing attacks in Bangkok that may hurt arrivals to Thailand, the largest gateway to Myanmar. Still, insiders say that even if foreign tourists are wary, there is plenty of time for in-bound tourism to improve ahead of the peak season.
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Around 150 children in Monywa have been hospitalised since an outbreak of dengue haemorrhagic fever (DHF) hit the Sagaing Division city. To date, 15 have died this year, according to Monywa General Hospital.
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A farewell ceremony for successful applicants to a government-backed study abroad program was held at the Sule Shangri-La hotel in Rangoon on Monday evening.
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Recent flooding across Myanmar caused over Ks160 billion (approximately US$125.24 million) in damage, announced the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement.

“According to figures we have received so far, the floods caused losses of more than Ks160 billion. As the process to calculate the losses is ongoing, it could be more,” said ministry director Kyaw San Oo.

The floods, hitting the country during June and August, heavily damaged bridges, roads, dams and farmland across the country.

The director said the current figures do not include damage to personal properties.

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/breakingnews/Myanmar-flood-damage-may-exceed-Ks160-billion-30267389.html

The Chin State government has asked Nay Pyi Taw for more than K20 billion to repair damage from recent flooding.
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Myanmar, which is moving fast in its economic reforms, is all geared up to bridge the development gap with more developed ASEAN countries, said Myanmar Minister for National Planning and Economic Development Dr Kan Zaw.
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Immigration police in Narathiwat’s Sungai Kolok district yesterday raided a rented house that they said was allegedly occupied by a human-trafficking ring, and arrested one Thai suspect and five Myanmar men, who were waiting to be taken to Malaysia.
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