Thursday, September 10th, 2015


President U Thein Sein and ethnic negotiators were yesterday unable to set a date for signing the nationwide ceasefire accord. Hopes remain that it could be inked in early October, but divisions among the armed ethnic groups mean that some may opt out of signing.
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Renewed fighting in Shan State is reported to have claimed at least 10 lives even as the government and leaders of armed ethnic groups met in Nay Pyi Taw in their latest attempt to hammer out a nationwide ceasefire accord.
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Inspired by a similar movement in the health sector, Myanmar’s judiciary is campaigning against the militarisation of the legal system. The yellow ribbon movement protests against the appointment of former military officers to judicial positions they are often largely unqualified for.
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Aye Kyaw continues to do his job, facilitating clients’ travel to, from and around Burma. The irony, for the managing director of Rubyland Tourism Services, is that last week he learned that he’s been barred by the government from leaving the country himself.
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Burma’s Commander-in-Chief Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing was notable by his absence at yesterday’s peace talks between President Thein Sein and ethnic leaders in Naypyidaw.
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Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi will take her campaign straight to the camp of a close presidential ally on Thursday as she tours the country ahead of Burma’s first general election since the end of military rule.
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Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday urged voters to opt for “real change” and back her party in the first general election since the end of military rule, as she took her campaign into the backyard of a close presidential ally.
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The massive gulf in resources between the big two – the National League for Democracy and Union Solidarity and Development Party – and the rest of the election pack has been on full display since campaigning began in Mandalay on September 8.
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Less than a month after being ousted as party chair in a dramatic coup last month, Thura U Shwe Mann launched his election campaign quietly yesterday, posting a note to his constituents on Facebook.
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An independent candidate for Nay Pyi Taw has withdrawn a complaint against Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. U Kyaw Win, who accused the National League for Democracy leader of pre-empting campaign season, is at the centre of his own vote-buying controversy.
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Seven government and military-linked election candidates registered in Nay Pyi Taw failed to turn up to an election commission meeting held to explain campaign rules. Some of those who did not show have already been accused of vote-buying ahead of the November 8 poll.
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Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith signed an official agreement on Thursday for the construction of a second Thai-Myanmar bridge across the Moei River from Mae Sot district of Tak province.
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Burma’s government signed a framework agreement with the Asian Development Bank on Wednesday that will allow the latter to introduce its Trade Finance Program (TFP) to the country.
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Yoma Bank’s Chief Business Officer, Daw Khin Mu Mu Myint, and the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China’s (ICBC) General Manager of the Yangon Branch, Mr. Jiang Yun, have signed an agreement facilitating the direct flow of trade-related funds between Myanmar and China according to a Yoma Bank media release on 9 September.
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The Hpa-an Prosthetic Limb Refurbishment Department provided amputees with free refurbishment, servicing and repairs for their prosthetic limbs at Thanbyuzayat Township Hospital, Mon State on 8 September.
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The National Socialist Council of Nagaland – Khaplang (NSCN-K), a Myanmar-based rebel group has been recruiting school children in India’s Nagaland at gunpoint, reported NDTV on 9 September quoting an Assam Rifles official.
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Thai-language news agency Khao Sod reported that 83 Burmese migrant workers in the Thai border town of Mae Sai were rounded up by security forces as they continue to search for more suspects in the Bangkok bombing incident.
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The latest high-level meeting on an elusive nationwide ceasefire began in Naypyidaw at 9 am on September 9. In attendance were nine government representatives and nine ethnic leaders.
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Myanmar has come a long way in the last few years in terms of telecompenetration. Before the country embarked on the liberalisation of the telecom sector in 2013, mobile penetration was around 7 percent. Within a short two year time-span, mobile penetration has now reached more than 50pc. This represents one of the fastest-ever mobile penetration spikes, according to analysis by Roland Berger. It is also much faster than comparable countries such as Thailand and the Philippines, which took four years to boost their penetration to similar rates.
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If one image epitomizes the vision of the generals who opened up Myanmar after decades of harsh military rule, it is the vast, 20-lane highway that stretches through the country’s shiny capital to the moated, Xanadu-style parliament and the grandiose presidential palace. Some say the secretive regime of former dictator Senior Gen. Than Shwe designed the road to double as a runway for military aircraft if Naypyitaw came under attack.
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