Thursday, October 29th, 2015


Long-awaited data on religion from the 2014 census will be published at the end of the year ­– after the elections – according to a government official.
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A number of ethnic armed groups that have not signed the government’s ‘nationwide’ ceasefire agreement will convene in Panghsang, the capital of the Wa Special Region, at the beginning of next month.
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Three people were wounded and one car was damaged by a small blast on Sunday night in Taunggyi, the capital of eastern Burma’s Shan State.
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Three months after the nationwide flood disaster, civil society groups say that government has vastly underestimated the damage toll in Chin State, where locals are facing a looming food shortage.
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Speaking to reporters on the campaign trail in Pegu Division’s Phyu on Sunday, former ruling party chairman Shwe Mann has admitted the party will likely struggle in the upcoming general election.
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On Nov. 8, citizens of Burma will head to polling stations nationwide for a general election that is hoped to be country’s freest and fairest in decades. More than 90 political parties are vying for seats in the state, division and national legislatures, representing a wide range of ethnicities, interests and opposition groups.
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“Invisible” voters could help sway the election in Chin State for the government, opposition ethnic parties are warning. They say the voter list includes the names of tens of thousands people who are no longer resident in the state.
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Clad in a Burmese policeman’s uniform of grey shirt, navy trousers and matching cap, 20-year-old Kyaw Ye Lin puts on a brave face as he sweats in the scorching morning heat.
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Press associations in Burma have slammed state-run media for bias after a front-page headline was widely perceived as promoting incumbent President Thein Sein’s Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP).
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Burma opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, said she would rather lose the election than win through scandals as she campaigned in her constituency on the fringes of Burma’s commercial capital, Rangoon on the weekend.
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This time last year, the Burmese rocker known simply as “She” was on a tight schedule, with monthly performances across the country. But since early October, the singer has been forced to cancel up to 10 concerts she was scheduled to perform.
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Police and members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) arrested a leader of the Arakan Army (AA) Burmese Ethnic Armed organisation (EAO) in the Islampur area of Rajasthali Upazila in Bangaladesh on 14 October at about 3:00am.
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Gold-mining companies could owe the government up to K30 billion at today’s prices, the Ministry of Mines says.

The government plans to prosecute companies they say have failed to honour their obligation to hand over 24 ticals of gold a year as part of their licensing agreement (1 tical is 0.576 ounces).
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In Burma these days, there are really only two colors that people are talking about: red and green.

If you say “red,” you are no longer referring to Communism but rather to Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD), which uses the color as backdrop for the party’s fighting peacock and star emblem.
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The two Myanmar migrants facing the rape and murder of a female British tourist and the murder of a British male tourist on Thailand’s Koh Tao Island in September 2014 have called for the charges to be dropped.
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The US State Department appears to be taking a cautious approach to Myanmar’s upcoming elections, trying to avoid viewing the situation with “rose-coloured glasses,” as one official put it.
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During Myanmar’s dictatorial period, the regime’s civilian mass membership wing, the Union Solidarity and Development Association, had a bad reputation.
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Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit has uncovered what it says amounts to “strong evidence” of a genocide coordinated by the Myanmar government against the Rohingya people, according to an assessment by Yale University Law School.
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Fighting has flared in areas of Myanmar controlled by ethnic rebels who refused to sign a ceasefire, raising fears the army is pressuring groups that did not join in what was supposed to be a crowning achievement of President Thein Sein’s five-year term.
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Four people were injured in a bomb blast in Monghsu, Shan State, at 4pm on Wednesday. The blast occurred near the Shan Literature and Culture Office in the town centre. The injured are being treated at Monghsu hospital.
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