Thursday, October 1st, 2015


Leaders of the Ma Ba Tha branch in northern Shan State say they are targeting Muslim cattle smugglers, amid concerns that the organisation is raising religious tension ahead of the elections.
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The Centre for Youth and Social Harmony have partnered with USAIDS and the US Embassy in Rangoon to launch ‘We are Myanmar’.
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A ceasefire agreement soon to be signed by Myanmar’s armed rebel groups and the government is likely to fall short of its goals and will exclude a major group, officials involved in the talks said on Wednesday.
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The New Mon State Party (NMSP) has been told that if it does not sign the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) it will only be able to observe but not take part in the following political dialogue.
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A convent at a village here was damaged on Sunday by angry local residents following the killing of a 4-year-old girl that is being pinned on a teenager who was living at the Christian establishment.
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The government unveiled a tentative plan yesterday to create permanent homes for squatters across Myanmar with the development of low-cost apartments. The latest iteration of the housing pledge was extremely scant on the details however, with no estimate even for how many squatters nationally are in need of such housing.
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More than 90 parties will take part in elections in Myanmar on Nov. 8 for a national parliament and assemblies in 14 states and regions, billed as the country’s first free and fair polls in 25 years.
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The Union Election Commission has agreed to meet with the National League for Democracy (NLD) amid a spate of alleged election law violations as the campaign season enters its fourth week, with Burma’s main opposition party seeking greater accountability from the polling regulator.
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Recent fighting in Kachin State has forced National League for Democracy chairwoman Aung San Suu Kyi to amend her itinerary ahead of a series of campaign rallies planned across the conflict-wracked state beginning on Friday.
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Irrawaddy Division, the epicenter of Burma’s rice bowl and home to one in eight of the country’s citizens, has a political pedigree stretching back decades. It was the birthplace of both U Nu, the first post-independence leader of Burma, and U Thant, the revered former United Nations secretary-general.
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Party leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi might be telling voters to only consider the party when voting, but National League for Democracy candidates in Yangon’s Pabedan township insist it’s important residents know who they are supporting.
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The Kachin State election commission says an agreement has been reached that will allow the National League for Democracy and other parties to campaign in areas controlled by a Kachin warlord-turned-politician.
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As Myanmar prepares itself for historic elections in November, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) encourages voters to “vote for change”, a slogan that has left investors worried about what that would mean for their businesses.
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A delegation of some 80 US business representatives is set to arrive in Rangoon late this year, according to an official from Burma’s chamber of commerce, on the heels of a landmark general election to be held in November.
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Global Eagle Entertainment Inc., a worldwide provider of aircraft connectivity systems, operations solutions and media content to the travel industry, announced it has signed an agreement to deliver a broad range of content aboard Myanmar National Airlines (MNA) flights, according to a press release from the company on 28 September.
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The foreigner accused of planting a bomb at a Bangkok shrine has admitted involvement in the deadly attack, his lawyer said Wednesday, reversing earlier denials of a confession.
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The upcoming elections represent a milestone in Myanmar’s transition to democracy, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, adding that their credibility will depend on acceptance of its outcome among the political leaders and the broader population.
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The United Nations welcomes Myanmar’s signature of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict.
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The United States took a moment Tuesday to gather the great Asian democracies to its side to reassure them of the strength of their ties in the face of North Korean threats and an assertive China.
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The European Union (EU) and the British Council have announced the launch of MyJustice, a new programme aimed at enhancing access to justice for the poor, vulnerable and marginalised across Myanmar, a joint statement said on the 29 September.
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