Wednesday, October 21st, 2015


Htay Kho, a remote village tucked away between the valleys of Karenni State, was off-limits for decades as armed rebels fought the military before a recent ceasefire stopped the bloody conflict.
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Over 2,700 people have now fled their homes as clashes between the military and Shan State Army-North (SSA-N) resumed over the weekend, according to local civil society groups.
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With National Socialist Council of Nagaland – Khaplang (NSCN-K) staying out of the nationwide ceasefire accord (NCA) signed on Friday between Myanmar and eight ethnic armed groups (EAGs), India feels it is only a matter of time before the Myanmar Army targets the outfit’s headquarters in Taga in the Myanmar Naga Hills, according to a Times of India report on 19 October.
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‘The week of 12th October 2015 has been marked by a series of deeply troubling incidents which call into serious question, whether freedom of expression and genuine access to justice exists in Myanmar,’ according to a joint statement by the Gender Equality Network (GEN) & the Women’s Organizations Network (WON) on 18 October.
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Myat Nu Khaing, an independent candidate contesting the Lower House constituency of Phyu in Pegu Division in the coming election, was arrested on Friday over her alleged participation in a protest outside the Chinese Embassy in Rangoon last year, according to her lawyer and supporters.
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Burma’s Union Election Commission (UEC) sent a stern message to the media on Monday, urging outlets to avoid “biased news reporting” as a Nov. 8 general election nears.
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A political activist has filed a lawsuit against a leader of Burma’s ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) in Irrawaddy Division for sharing an image of the face of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi transposed onto the body of a nude woman.
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Burma’s President Thein Sein has been selected as the ruling party’s choice for the top post if it wins a majority in a Nov. 8 parliamentary election, a senior party member told the BBC on Friday.
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For a fourth day, hundreds of Burmese citizens lined up outside their embassy in Singapore on Sunday to cast advance ballots in the country’s Nov. 8 parliamentary election.
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Muslim supporters of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi said on Saturday they hoped a government lead by her National League for Democracy (NLD) would improve their lives in Arakan State, where many still face discrimination after violence in 2012 and 2013.
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Htay Kho, a remote village tucked away between the valleys of this ragged strip of eastern Burma, was for decades off-limits as armed rebels fought the military before a recent ceasefire stopped the bloody conflict.
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The Burmese government has defended itself against accusations of bias at overseas advance voting sites after reports circulated suggesting scenes of chaos and mismanagement at embassies around the world in recent days.
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The Burmese Police Force have recruited some 40,000 civilians as ‘special police’, to assist with security during the 8 November general election.
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The Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) has revoked foreign exchange licences issued to hundreds of businesses ranging from hotels to hospitals, in a bid to control “dollarization” and increase the value of the ailing kyat currency.
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China’s economy grew at its weakest pace since the global financial crisis in the third quarter, official data showed Monday, fuelling speculation Beijing will unveil fresh stimulus measures.
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The University of Southern California (USC), Marshall School of Business and Yoma Bank held a seminar for 78 people at the Shangri-La hotel to provide insight into how businesses can increase their competitiveness by collaborating with universities, according to a Yoma Bank/USC press release on 17 October.
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A Swiss association has established dual apprenticeships in Myanmar, and is now building a new school.
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Armed with batons and the bible, church-backed vigilantes are taking the fight against northern Myanmar’s heroin epidemic into their own hands — deepening the fallout from a drugs trade already feeding conflict and corruption in the region.
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The ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights group is warning the Rohingya crisis could get worse.

Increasingly marginalized and desperate, Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar’s Rakhine State are being forced to flee in ever-greater numbers, exacerbating a regional crisis that ASEAN leaders are woefully ill prepared to cope with, APHR warned on October 16.
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The Asia-Pacific Solidarity Coalition have called for a more inclusive peace process in Myanmar, given more than half of the armed ethnic groups  were left out of the October 15 signing of the Nationwide Ceasefire agreement.
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