Friday, October 2nd, 2015


Officials from the Ministry of Religious Affairs have approached Cardinal Charles Bo to request that he not use the word Rohingya in the presence of Pope Francis.
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Refugees in Myanmar’s northernmost Kachin state are increasing year by year with no reduction due to several years armed clashes, an administrator of a church-run refugee camp in Myitgyina said Thursday.
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A two-year effort to end Burma’s six-decade civil war has been scuppered by the Burmese government’s unwillingness to include all warring parties and by continuing fighting in the country’s north, according to a statement by delegates from 19 rebel armies involved in the peace process.
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A leading member of the New Mon State Party has hit out at the decision of some ethnic armed groups to sign the nationwide ceasefire agreement, calling the decision-making process undemocratic.
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Myanmar’s peace process will continue to the next stages of political dialogue, advisers to the government said yesterday, even though only a minority of armed ethnic groups have agreed so far to sign what was intended to be a nationwide ceasefire accord.
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At the last day of the ethnic armed organisations (EAOs) three-day Chiang Mai summit, on 30 September, a group of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) urged the EAOs to sign the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA).
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A group of four assailants fatally stabbed a man and gang-raped his partner early Wednesday morning near an area slated to serve as a quarter for diplomatic residences in Naypyidaw’s Dekkhinathiri Township, according to township police.
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When Nang Mya Oo told her husband a few weeks ago that she planned to stand as a candidate in Burma’s 8 November general election he was less than thrilled.
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A war of words is being fought in Myanmar, largely over social media, between nationalist Buddhist monks and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s party, highlighting divisions in the run-up to a general election on Nov. 8.
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An incumbent upper house MP and militia leader in Kachin State’s Special Region 1 who banned parties from campaigning in his constituency has yielded to pressure to abide by electoral regulations.
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National League for Democracy patron U Tin Oo told supporters in Kyaukse that 2015 will be a “lucky” and “important” year for the party, but also warned of the need to be vigilant about invalid and advanced votes in the November 8 election.
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Daw Naw Kapaw Lay La, 55, clasps her hands together and gazes longingly out at the green forest in front of her, before closing her eyes.
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The Myanmar Gems Enterprise will hold the year’s first and only jade sale exclusively for local traders in Naypyidaw this December, with industry players hoping to see more purchases of raw jade and jadeite made with value-added intentions.
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Cross-border trade between Thailand and Burma through the Mae Sot-Myawaddy checkpoint totalled more than 60 billion in the fiscal year just ended, a rise of 12.3 percent over the 2013-2014 year, a senior customs official said on Thursday.
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Factory workers expecting a raise yesterday with their first paycheque since the minimum wage was implemented at the beginning of the month were disappointed to find their take-home income largely remained the same. To afford the higher payroll expenses – in some cases shelling out as much as four-and-a-half times above what entry-level workers were previously paid – factory bosses slashed bonuses and stopped allowing overtime hours.
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Myanmar ranked near the bottom of the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report 2015-16 released yesterday, placing 131st overall out of 140.
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As domestic rice prices increase, cheaper and higher quality rice is now being illegally imported from Thailand, Myanmar rice traders say.
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As a blanket of haze, caused by thick smoke from forest fires in Indonesia, covers parts of Southeast Asia, the region is struggling to find an effective response to the problem, experts said.
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Police have wrapped up their five-month investigation into Rohingya migrant trafficking with warrants issued for the arrest of 232 suspects involved in the human trade and money laundering.
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Indonesian police yesterday were investigating claims that several Rohingya women were sexually assaulted by local men outside a camp housing members of the Myanmar minority who arrived as migrants by boat.
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