Thursday, September 24th, 2015

The Mandalay Division government has agreed to a request by Buddhist nationalists to prevent ritual cattle slaughter for Friday’s Eid-al-Adha celebrations, and will ask Muslims to instead sacrifice goats to mark the religious event, according to a government official. (more…)

New research published on Wednesday offers a heartbreaking picture of the impacts of conflict on women in Burma, revealing systemic defects that cause long-term disadvantage for survivors of violence and other forms of abuse. (more…)

The death of a monk in Rakhine State in suspicious circumstances has prompted concern among residents that the incident may be used to incite more conflict. (more…)

When Daw Aye Thet Maw heard about the newly enacted Monogamy Law she headed straight to police to strike a blow against her unfaithful husband. (more…)

Minister for Agriculture and Irrigation U Myint Hlaing came under pressure from constituents yesterday over allegations land had been taken from farmers and placed in his wife’s name. (more…)

New clashes between armed ethnic groups and Myanmar’s army have resulted in deaths on both sides, commanders of the groups said Tuesday according to a report by RFA on 22 September. (more…)

A human rights organisation has accused the Burma Army of forcing 10 villagers to be human shields during fighting in Shan State. (more…)

Representatives from the government and ethnic armed organisations (EAOs) will meet on 3 October to set a date for signing the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA), despite previously agreeing to sign in the first week of October. (more…)

Myanmar’s President Thein Sein portrayed himself as a champion of free speech in a video released on Wednesday, adding to speculation he may look to serve a second term as a national election campaign hots up. (more…)

An election subcommission in Naypyidaw has rejected a request for army appointees to administer polling stations within military compounds in Zayarthiri Township, a constituency where recently retired general Hla Htay Win will contest for a Lower House seat in the Nov. 8 poll. (more…)

Burma’s main opposition party has filed an official complaint with authorities about potentially unlawful use of religion to influence an upcoming general election, in an early test of the polling commission’s power and impartiality in the lead-up to the Nov. 8 vote.  (more…)

A militia leader turned lawmaker in northern Kachin State has ordered candidates for the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) not to campaign in his constituency. (more…)

Minister for Agriculture and Irrigation U Myint Hlaing has admitted to doubts over whether he can win his Nay Pyi Taw seat on November 8 in the face of strong competition from the National League for Democracy. (more…)

Starting on September 14, the People’s Alliance for Credible Elections (PACE) deployed 110 Long Term Observers to 110 townships across the country to observe the national voter list display process the organisation said in a statement on 21 September. (more…)

Burma’s government this week announced a further easing of restrictions on rice exports after a 45-day suspension was conditionally lifted on September 15. (more…)

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) has signed to advise the government on environmental and social risk management for hydropower projects nationwide. (more…)

Income from fishery exports is expected to fall again this year, partly on the back of rising floods as well as declining stocks, according to Myanmar Fishery Federation general secretary U Win Kyaing. (more…)

A deal with foreign partners would help the company branch into other retail formats such as hypermarkets and supermarkets, said Wai Thit Lwin, managing director of the ABC chain. (more…)

Police have seized another large haul of stimulant tablets linked to a massive drug bust in Rangoon’s Mingaladon Township earlier this year, with a police officer in the commercial capital saying the new find came during a raid on a house of the key suspect in the case. (more…)

The United Nations has issued a directive to its staff restricting travel to Burma during the election period, citing possible disruptions. (more…)

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