Wednesday, September 16th, 2015


One month after medical staff across Burma launched a “black ribbon” campaign to protest the appointment of military officers to the Ministry of Health, similar movements have taken root involving professionals of all stripes, concerned over a spate of army appointments to civilian positions.
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The United Wa State Army (UWSA) will not have a chance to demand an autonomous state if they do not sign the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA), according to a senior Burma government official on Saturday in Kengtung, eastern Shan State.
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The controversy over independent candidates has continued, with former minister for defence U Wai Lwin telling voters they have a “seasonal disease” that compels them to contest elections.
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The Union Election Commission has defended its controversial decision to issue 32 million voter ID cards shortly before the November elections, saying the process will be transparent and is well intentioned.
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The Union Election Commission (UEC) has amended guidelines for journalists covering Burma’s Nov. 8 general election, easing but not scrapping a plan to circumscribe reporters’ movements on election day.
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Irrawaddy Division, one of Burma’s densest administrative regions, could set the stage for a battle of the sexes in the Nov. 8 general election, with a total of 67 women vying for seats in the divisional and national legislatures.
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The revised voter lists released by the Union Election Commission (UEC) on 14 September are still riddled with irregularities, according to voters across the country.
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As campaigning begins, three local parties are preparing to face-off against the big guns of the National League for Democracy (NLD) and the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) at this year’s general election in Karenni [Kayah] State.
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With more than 6,000 candidates from over 90 political parties shaping up to compete in Burma’s rapidly approaching general election, local programmers are doing their bit to help make sense of it all.
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The second five-year national development plan ought to focus on the industrial sector, according to U Maung Maung Lay, vice chair of domestic business association the UMFCCI.
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After years of complaints, the government says it is finally ready to act against dodgy employment agencies that cheat seafarers.
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According to Than Htun Aung, Myanmar’s Deputy Minister for the Ministry of Mines, the country will introduce a new mining law that will allow exports and imports of gold, industry website Scrap Monster reported on 15 September.
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Operations in approximately half of Myanmar’s seafood processing factories have been suspended due to a shortage of raw materials, according to Vice Chairman U Hnin Oo of the Myanmar Fisheries Federation the Global New Light of Myanmar reported on 16 September.
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Myanmar-based broadband provider Burst Networks has ordered a multi-million dollar data centre from Flexenclosure, industry website developingtelecoms.com reported on 15 September.
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Japanese agricultural equipment firm Kubota is set to construct a machinery assembly plant in the Thilawa, according to Japanese financial journal Nikkei Asian Review.
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The United States declared Monday that Myanmar, Bolivia and Venezuela have “failed demonstrably” to do enough to fight drug-trafficking from their countries over the past year.
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The Indian government finally banned the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang) for five years on Wednesday.
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With a big anniversary drawing near, North Korea declared Tuesday it has upgraded and restarted all of its atomic fuel plants—meaning it could possibly make more, and more sophisticated, nuclear weapons.
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China was carrying out land reclamation in contested waters of the South China Sea this month, more than four weeks after saying it had stopped such activity, a US expert said on Tuesday, citing recent satellite images.
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Representatives of the United Nations (UN), the European Union (EU) and five other countries will witness the government and ethnic armed organisation (EAO) representatives signing the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA).
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