Wednesday, October 14th, 2015


Bumrungrad Hospital Pcl, Thailand’s second largest healthcare provider by market value, said on Wednesday it received a business permit from the Myanmar Investment Commission to operate a private clinic and diagnostic services in Myanmar.
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Mon teachers at ethnic Mon national schools in Kyaikmayaw Township still only receive a monthly salary of 20,000 kyats (approx. $15.50 USD) from the Mon National Education Committee.
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The European Union’s involvement in Burma will face two key tests in the next month: the conclusion of the so-called nationwide ceasefire agreement on Thursday, and, provided it is not postponed, what is being touted as the first “free and fair” general election in 25 years.
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Through various campaign speeches in recent weeks, the leader of Burma’s main opposition party, Aung San Suu Kyi, has demonstrated that she is the only politician in the country that can engage a large majority of Burmese voters.
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On Thursday, President Thein Sein’s government will sign a permanent ceasefire pact with eight of Burma’s ethnic rebel groups that have been fighting for independence for more than 50 years.
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Hopes are still high that the November 8 election will bring historic change.

After its long and difficult wait, the National League for Democracy naturally wants to secure as many seats as possible. A resounding popular mandate will keep Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s dream of the top job alive.
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If you were an alien arriving in Yangon from a distant planet – and you happened to be of the kind, benevolent (rather than madly destructive) type – then it would be pretty obvious that Myanmar non-government organisations are pivotal to the future of the county.
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There is some irony – no doubt unintentional — in the choice of a gleaming, Chinese-built convention hall in Naypyitaw as the venue for the Oct. 15 signing of a peace deal between Myanmar’s government and ethnic armed groups.
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This article is part of “Southeast Asia: Refugees in Crisis,” an ongoing series by The Diplomat for summer and fall 2015 featuring exclusive articles from scholars and practitioners tackling Southeast Asia’s ongoing refugee crisis. All articles in the series can be found here.
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The massive number of migrants and refugees, the so-called “boat people,” arriving from Bangladesh and Myanmar in Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia dominated the headlines this summer. The vast majority of these “boat people” were Rohingya, a Muslim Bengali-speaking ethnic group that live in Rakhine State, on Myanmar’s western coast. They are fleeing oppressive conditions in Myanmar, where they are categorically denied citizenship rights, as well as subjected to violent repression at the hands of government forces, Buddhist extremists, and the region’s majority ethnic group, the Arakan/Rakhine. While a deal was reached in June for Malaysia and Indonesia to provide temporary shelter to Rohingya asylum seekers, this temporary solution cannot stop the refugee crisis engulfing Bangladesh and Myanmar.
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The Campaign Trail with Daw Ni Ni Hla, Pyithu hluttaw candidate for the Federal Union Party
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Two members of the Tai-Leng Nationalities Development Party (TNDP) were shot and killed in separate incidents in Kachin State’s Hpakant Township last week, the party’s chairperson Sai Htay Aung told reporters Tuesday at a press conference in Rangoon.
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A young woman was brought to trial in Irrawaddy Division on Tuesday after sharing a satirical post on social media deemed to be insulting to Burma’s military.
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Two days before inking a long-awaited ceasefire agreement, representatives of two major ethnic armed groups met with President Thein Sein on Tuesday to discuss the implications of their recent removal from Burma’s roster of unlawful organizations.
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The Burma Army has continued attacks on two positions held by the Shan State Army-North (SSA-N), firing artillery rounds on the rebel group’s headquarters and a nearby base, according to local sources.
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Students jailed after the Letpadan crackdown remain in dire need of medical treatment and court proceedings against protesters have been delayed for frivolous reasons, lawyers and family members say.
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“Karen in Capital,” read the front page headline in Tuesday’s edition of the state-run Global New Light of Myanmar, accompanied by a photograph of Karen National Union (KNU) representatives, including chairman Mutu Sae Poe, in Naypyidaw on Monday.
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Fighting broke out between the Burma Army and the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) in five separate locations on Monday, according to sources from the ethnic insurgent force.
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Human Rights organisations have expressed growing alarm over the Burma Government continuing to use draconian legislation to imprison political opponents.
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At the eleventh hour, leading Burmese political figures Aung San Suu Kyi, Naw Zipporah Sein and Min Ko Naing have pulled out of the signing ceremony for a historic ceasefire agreement.
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