Monday, September 28th, 2015


Like most of the Western democracies, Australian policy toward Myanmar was long bogged down in the stalemate between Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the former military regime.
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Thein Nyunt, a member of the National League for Democracy (NLD) for two decades, was elected to Union Parliament in 2010 for the National Democratic Force (NDF), following an NLD boycott of the poll. The following year, Thein Nyunt and two others split from the NDF, forming the New National Democracy Party (NNDP).
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Burma is fast becoming a popular travel destination for both tourists and businesspeople, from Asia and further afield. Its growing aviation industry is undergoing a rapid transformation as more routes now connect the country with regional and international hubs to which access was once relatively limited.
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Muslims in Myanmar marked Eid on Friday with the ritual sacrifice of cattle amid pressure from Buddhist nationalists to curb the animal slaughter in a country where religious tensions have flared in recent years.
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Existing laws and regulations used to crack down on prostitution are denying education and health care to sex workers, according to a Mandalay-based civil society group.
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Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, Commander-in-chief of Defence Services, visited Christian and Buddhist religious sites in Kayah State on Wednesday and Thursday to discuss the importance of interfaith relations according to a report in the Global New Light of Myanmar on 25 September.
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A Burmese Military Security Affairs (MSA) official was killed and two United Wa State Army (UWSA) officials were seriously injured when a meeting in Mong Ton Township, Southern Shan State degenerated into shooting on Wednesday 23 September.
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The Burma Army reportedly shot and robbed local people on Tuesday evening in a village seven miles from the Burma-China border gate in Muse Township, Northern Shan State, according to local witnesses.
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As Burma’s President Thein Sein nears the end of his term, and amid an apparent pitch to portray himself as the architect of a successful reform agenda, questions have been raised about the true extent of his accomplishments.
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Eleven Muslim politicians have successfully challenged their controversial disqualification from contesting the November elections following a surprise reversal by the Union Election Commission.
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Nicknamed the “solo running horse” of Yangon Region parliament for her lone defiance of the ruling party, Bahan township’s independent candidate Daw Nyo Nyo Thin marched into her third day of grassroots campaigning yesterday.
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Kachin State’s election sub-commission has invited militia leader turned lawmaker Zakhung Ting Ying to the body’s headquarters in Myitkyina next week after the sitting parliamentarian ordered candidates for the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) not to campaign in his constituency.
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As Burma’s national elections loom closer, voters in Karen State fear ‘dirty tricks’ on finding their names have been removed from electoral rolls.
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The Confederation of Trade Unions Myanmar (CTUM) held talks this week with international union federations and trade union support organisations to discuss their challenges and future activities the Global New Light of Myanmar reported on 25 September.
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Factory workers have had enough of the arbitration council, the nascent, quasi-judicial body established to resolve labour disputes through mediation.
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Myanmar and China need to return to the negotiating table to finalise the terms of the controversial cross-Myanmar oil pipeline, according to senior officials.
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A five-hour fire of Coca Cola warehouse has caused an estimated loss of more than 1.1 billion kyats (855,000 U.S. dollars) in damage, said an official report Friday.
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Low interest in arts and science degrees has forced administrators at Yangon and Mandalay universities to cut entrance requirements for the coming year.
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This year’s monsoon floods in Myanmar, the most severe in a decade, affected an estimated 1.6 million people and killed more than 100. Almost 400,000 hectares of farmland, largely rice paddies, along with fish ponds and farm animals, were lost, VOA reported on 24 September.
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Myanmar and China will cooperate in addressing the issue of illegal timber production, Myanmar’s Environmental Conservation and Forest Minister U Win Tun told a consultation workshop for Myanmar-China Timber Trade Stakeholders in Nay Pyi Taw Thursday, according to aXinhua report on 24 September.
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