Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015


A Buddhist monk found dead in Arakan State’s Mrauk-U Township on Monday is believed to have committed suicide, local police said, although an investigation is ongoing.
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Talk of bringing an end to decades of internal conflict does not seem to have deterred Burma’s army chief, Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing, from continuing to seek weapons and military hardware from allies near and far, with the commander-in-chief most recently undertaking a goodwill visit to Israel with just such intentions.
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The Burma Army has been collecting a levy of 2,000 kyats a head on Rohingya owned animals destined for Qurbari sacrifice at the Muslim religious festival of Eid al-Adha, according to Jala Sha a trader from Aley Than Kyaw.
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The Restoration Council of Shan State (RCSS) has recommended that RCSS and government troops exchange information during the 2015 elections to help prevent fighting.
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To encourage an autonomous Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) is one of the priorities outlined by the National League for Democracy (NLD) in its draft economic policies, but officials say they are already on the right track.
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The Union Election Commission (UEC) has permitted 11 people disqualified from the Nov. 8 election to rejoin the race, after a UEC tribunal convened on Friday to rule on 18 final appeals lodged by rejected candidates.
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Lacking the star power of an Aung San Suu Kyi and perhaps having even fallen out of favor within his own party, former Rangoon mayor and ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) lawmaker Aung Thein Linn is literally relying on concrete achievements in his constituency to win over voters.
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Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has called on the military to cooperate with the people of Burma by allowing constitutional change and respecting the results of November’s general elections.
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The Pathein Township office of the National League for Democracy (NLD) has downplayed reports in local media outlets that more than 300 of their members have joined the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), but concedes that some former members have switched their allegiance.
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Burma’s army chief repeated a vow on Monday to respect the outcome of the country’s Nov. 8 general election, pledging that the military would not intervene, regardless of the result.
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Senior officials from the National League for Democracy have expressed displeasure with the Union Election Commission’s approach to resolving disputes, which they say could adversely impact their party’s election campaign.
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Thousands of people attended a Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) election campaign rally on Monday in Myaungmya Township, Irrawaddy Division, amid suggestions that many were lured by the offer of a free meal.
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A group of prominent artists have put forward the message that it is as important to check the voters’ lists as it is to vote on Election Day.
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It’s not looking good for the government. But then it’s not looking too good for the opposition either. Down in the Myeik Archipelago, many voters seem not to be very enthusiastic about any of the parties – or about elections, or voting.
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China’s Defence Minister has urged Burma to maintain stability on their common border as the Southeast Asian country prepares for what Beijing hopes will be successful elections in November, the defence ministry said on Tuesday.
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Several workers who were sacked when Myanmar’s new minimum wage was enacted on 1 September are to file a lawsuit against their former employer, who has refused to reinstate them to their posts the Global New Light of Myanmar reported on 21 September.
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Kanbawza (KBZ) Group of Companies is modernizing its IT infrastructure with Microsoft solutions to enable its workforce to be more collaborative, productive and to better serve customers as it becomes mobile-ready and cloud-ready industry website Enterprise Innovation reported on 21 September.
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Japanese company Daizen Myanmar will soon start construction of a logistics hub in Thilawa special economic zone (SEZ).
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On average, a person living in Myanmar (also known as Burma) will live two decades less than someone in the U.S. For Michael Lwin, son of two doctors who came to the United States from Myanmar in the 1970s, this isn’t just a statistic. It’s a deeply unfair consequence of a geographic lottery. A lottery that favors him over his cousin Yar Zar Minn Htoo, a doctor and computer scientist, who has suffered from diseases endemic to the developing world. In 2012, the two teamed up to start Koe Koe Tech, a healthcare systems provider for health institutions and the people of Myanmar. In a nation of 4 doctors per 10,000 citizens, mobile phones represent a powerful instrument to overcome state capacity by providing healthcare information, advice and feedback in rural and urban areas.
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A court in southern Thailand has issued arrest warrants for four military officers in connection with the trafficking of ethnic Rohingya migrants, police said Monday.
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