Friday, September 18th, 2015


Last year a Muslim businessman called Lwin Tun set up a factory in Labutta, a town in Myanmar’s Irrawaddy Delta. He spent $330,000 on buildings and cooling systems, but couldn’t buy the product his factory was meant to process: meat.
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A campaign by members of the nationalist group Ma Ba Tha to shut down cattle slaughterhouses, which has hit many of these Muslim-owned businesses in Irrawaddy Division, is not the first Buddhist monk-led campaign that has tried to save cows from slaughter in Burma.
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The Restoration Council of Shan State has called on political parties to suspend campaigning in over a dozen townships in Shan State as renewed fighting that flared in August continued this week.
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The government has claimed that until recently it was unaware of the existence of two of the ethnic armed organisations (EAOs) that it has banned from signing the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA).
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The head of Maungdaw District Traffic Police, Thaung Htay, has been applying traffic law differently to Buddhist Rakhines and Muslim Rohingyas since the beginning of September, according to Halim a human rights watchdog from Maungdaw.
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On 16 September, the European Union (EU) and EU Member States met with more than 50 local Civil Society Organisations for the launch of the EU Roadmap for engagement with civil society according to an EU statement on 16 September.
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The Union Peace-making Working Committee (UPWC) met with the Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland – Khaplang (NSCN-K) on Wednesday to discuss the signing of the nationwide ceasefire accord the Global New Light of Myanmar reported on 17 September.
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National League for Democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi will next month embark on one of the toughest political challenges of her leadership: winning over voters in Rakhine State.
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Claims on social media that a “British spy” is working as a political adviser to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi have been dismissed by the National League for Democracy as a “ridiculous” smear campaign ahead of the elections.
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A burly, sunburnt fisherman missing a front tooth, 50-year-old U San Lwin shyly admitted he knew nothing about the coming elections and had never harboured ambitions to join the police.
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The Union Election Commission is to head a dispute resolution committee to tackle problems arising before and after the November elections.
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Dozens of villagers waited at a bus stop in western Burma’s Arakan State on Thursday morning for a delivery of solar panels promised by a ruling party candidate during a recent campaign stop, according to sources on the ground. At time of writing, the bus had yet to come.
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With Burma’s general election putting an unprecedented cast of parliamentary hopefuls before voters on Nov. 8, some parties including the country’s main opposition have enlisted young guns to carry their banners in the historic poll, hoping new blood will help propel them to victory.
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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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India’s former army chief and now junior foreign minister V K Singh has come down heavily on ‘uncalled exuberance’ and said all Indian military operations have so far been conducted within India and not on Myanmar soil.
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A torrent of illegal timber worth hundreds of millions of dollars each year is pouring across Myanmar’s border into China as loggers reach deeper into the country’s forests in search of profits, activists have claimed.
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The World Bank has approved $400 million in interest-free credit to support Myanmar’s moves to boost electricity access across one of Asia’s poorest and least-connected countries.
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International investors have told the Myanmar Global Investment Forum that even though Burma generates much interest, there are a multitude of challenges that foreign investors face.
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Worker representatives have refused to endorse a decision by an arbitration body to order a garment factory to re-hire only seven of 196 workers fired shortly before the introduction of the minimum wage.
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Most striking bus drivers returned to work yesterday following two days of wildcat strikes that saw hundreds walk off the job in response to an increase in traffic fines.
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