Thursday, October 22nd, 2015


Burma’s central bank has defended its decision to revoke foreign exchange licenses last week, reiterating its determination to control “dollarization” and strengthen the country’s struggling currency.
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The hiring of Thai helmsmen on Myanmar fishing boats has been criticised by the local fishing industry.
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Fastacash, a global platform enabling payments across social media and messaging networks, has made a strategic investment in Myanmar focused company, MyPAY, according to a press release from the company on 19 October.
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Muslim leaders have been warned off holding prayers at an Islamic school in Yangon after a Buddhist group tried to shut the school down altogether.
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Recent flooding in Myanmar had a devastating impact on agricultural livelihoods and food security, according to a joint Government-United Nations report released on 20 October.
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People smugglers are exploring new routes to Malaysia after a crackdown on trafficking in Thailand with no large migrant boat departures from Burma and Bangladesh in nearly six months, aid agencies said.
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Rohingya women, men and children attempting to flee persecution in Myammar by boat earlier this year were killed or severely beaten by human traffickers if their families failed to pay ransoms, and kept in hellish, inhuman conditions, Amnesty International reveals in a new report released on 21 October.
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In the light of upcoming elections in Myanmar and amid reports of rising religious intolerance, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today welcomed a joint statement by the leaders of four main religious groups in the country calling for tolerance and respect of religious freedom as essential conditions for every child to grow and develop to their full potential.
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The United States will not turn a blind eye to shortcomings in Myanmar’s election next month and U.S. help to the future government and any more easing of sanctions will depend on the overall process, the top U.S. diplomat for Asia said on Wednesday.
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U.S. lawmakers said Wednesday they doubted the credibility of Nov. 8 elections seen as crucial for Myanmar’s bumpy transition to democracy.
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Yasmin, a young mother-of-four, knows only too well the dangers that will imperil her family as she awaits the start of the new “sailing season” for the persecuted Rohingya Muslims of Burma.
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The government of Myanmar has an ambitious target for financial inclusion, with a goal of reaching 40 percent of people with financial services by 2020, and having 15pc using more than one financial services product.
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While people inside Myanmar wait their turn to vote, overseas voting for the 2015 election has started.

Amid confusion over electoral rolls and even a last-minute attempt to postpone the election itself, my overseas voting experience was still rewarding and echoes what we are about to see when Myanmar votes on November 8.
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U Shwe Myo Thant is secretary 2 of the Karenni National Progressive Party (KNPP), the main armed group in Kayah State. He tells Carole Oudot and Matthieu Baudey why the KNPP refused to sign the nationwide ceasefire agreement, expresses reservations about the November 8 election and suggests what the Tatmadaw really wants from armed ethnic groups.
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Body Lawyers and activists say the government is employing a double standard when prosecuting online defamation and hate speech cases in the lead-up to the November election.
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Two small bombs exploded inside the Chin National Front (CNF) liaison office in Tedim Township, northern Chin State, according to a member of the ethnic armed group.
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As many as 2,000 men women and children have been forced to flee their villages in the Kehsi Mansam area of central Shan State.
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Fresh from the signing of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) in Nay Pyi Taw on October 15, the government and the eight signatory armed ethnic groups have already begun working toward the next stage.
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A coalition of Burmese civil society organizations (CSOs) issued a joint statement on Sunday voicing concern that the country’s upcoming general election would not be free and fair and criticizing the Union Election Commission for failing to adequately address electoral issues.
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As the country’s much-anticipated general election inches ever closer, members of the National League for Democracy (NLD) are on the receiving end of a disproportionate share of campaign-related violence and disruptions in the lead-up to the Nov. 8 vote.
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