Thursday, October 15th, 2015


Over 1000 people from six villages have fled their homes after more than a week of clashes between the Burma Army and the Shan State Army-North (SSA-N), according to local aid workers.
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As ethnic peace negotiators descend upon the capital to sign a hard-won ceasefire agreement with the Burmese government, Karen rebels in the country’s southeast have issued a stern request for the withdrawal of Burma Army frontline troops and an end to deployment.
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India on Tuesday claimed that a camp allegedly belonging to the National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khaplang (NSCN-K), a banned Naga insurgent group responsible for the killing of 18 Army soldiers in Manipur in June, was demolished along the Indo-Myanmar border by Myanmar security forces last weekend, zeenews reported on 13 October.
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International and local observers will witness the signing of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA), which is scheduled to take place tomorrow in Nay Pyi Taw the Global New Light of Myanmar reported on 13 October.
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The remaining five ethnic armed groups who are signatories to tomorrow’s ceasefire accord have been removed from Burma’s official list of unlawful associations and terrorist groups, state media reported on Wednesday.
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Four National League for Democracy (NLD) candidates desperately seeking to campaign for seats representing the Coco Islands constituency have had their latest bid to visit the islands stymied again this week.
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Burma’s main opposition party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), was forced to abandon a planned campaign rally in Kachin State’s Chipwi after its members were attacked by over two dozen men on Monday.
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Police in Arakan State said that a group of outsiders have rescinded an attempt to protest against an upcoming campaign stop by opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
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Student activists who remain behind bars here after a brutal police crackdown on their protest against Burma’s National Education Law have been offered the opportunity to vote in advance of the Nov. 8 general election.
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An influential nationalist monk who is openly backing the Arakan National Party (ANP) in Rakhine has called on Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to cancel her visit to the state this weekend, saying it was likely to provoke protests and incite religious tensions.
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The Union Election Commission’s (UEC) decision on Tuesday to publicly propose and then drop a plan to delay Burma’s 8 November polls has prompted criticism from major political parties, who questioned the commission’s motives for floating the controversial proposal.
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Burmese film star and film Lu Min, the chairperson of the Myanmar Motion Picture Organisation (MMPO), has been reprimanded by the group’s board members for appearing in a promotional video for the opposition party National League for Democracy.
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The teenage son of two detained Chinese rights lawyers was detained alongside two friends and fellow activists in a cross-border police operation in a rebel-controlled part of northern Myanmar, sources told RFA on Wednesday.
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Police in Rangamati in Bangladesh’s Chittagong Hill Tracts say they have arrested Renin Su, a top leader of the Myanmar based Arakan Army, bdnews24.com reported on 14 October.
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The Myanmar Alliance for Transparency and Accountability (MATA) has demanded an end to the military’s dominance of natural resource extraction.
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Farmers Development Public Company has plans to open a new bank to extend loans to farmers.

The lender, which will be called Farmers Development Public Bank, will open before April 2016, chair U Kyaw Swar Soe told The Myanmar Times.
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Myanmar is to host a series of flagship solar projects, following a number of contract awards in recent weeks, industry website businessgreen.com reported on 13 October.
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