October 2015


Half-year figures show that new tax rates for real estate transactions – introduced earlier this year to boost overall government revenues – have not had the desired effect.
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Four Burmese migrants workers accused of murdering a high school student in the southern Thai port city of Ranong were brought from prison by police on Wednesday to take part in a public re-enactment of the alleged crime.
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A United Nations independent expert today called on all those in positions of authority in Myanmar to ensure that respect for the human rights of all must be at the core of the historic elections due to take place in 10 days’ time.
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Referencing the greening of a dam, were state-run dailies’ Oct. 24 headlines an intentionally cheeky reference to Burma’s ruling party or an innocent coincidence?
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In 2011, Burma’s ruling military junta handed over power to a civilian government. This shift enabled the opposition to enter parliament and gave some measure of political power to civilians for the first time (though the military remains the most powerful player). It also opened the country to the world, making foreign investment in its economy possible and promising rising standards of living.
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Race and religion are casting a dark shadow over Myanmar as it moves toward critical elections next month. The elections would have been difficult enough for the country if confined to the issues of what degree of democracy can now be introduced, and what role should be played by the iconic leader Aung San Suu Kyi. But it has been made more divisive and dangerous by an insidious emphasis on national identity that threatens to further open up the fault line between ethnic Burmans and the country’s minorities, in particular the Muslim community.
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Htoe Myar — “We will get the answer for why a person cannot work for the public with good-will even though he or she is in the rightful place,” says U Nyunt Shwe from the Kayah Unity Democracy Party (KUDP). He was interviewed by Htoe Myar from the BNI Election Newsroom. U Nyunt Shwe is running against Union Minister Soe Thein for the Upper House seat from Constituency No 9 in Bawlakhe Township in Karenni State.
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Sai Win Myint is a member of the three-month-old Eastern Shan State Development Democratic Party (ESSDDP) also known as the “Kongjai Party.” He was competing for a People’s Assembly (Pyithu Hluttaw) seat in Mong La Township, or Special Region No. 4, an area controlled by the Nationalities Democratic Alliance Army (NDAA). However, candidates’ ambitions were dashed in early August, when it was announced that residents of Mong La would not be able to vote in November’s election, due to “security concerns” and missing voter lists.
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The UWSA, the largest and best equipped of Myanmar’s ethnic forces with an estimated 20,000 soldiers, convened the November 1 to 3 conference following increased Tatmadaw offensives in northern Shan State.
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A driver in Shan State attempted to deliberately crash his car head-on into a vehicle carrying Union PaO National Organization (UPNO) candidates U Khun Zaw Tun and Nan May Pan Wah, the UPNO alleges.
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Ousted Myanmar ruling party chief Shwe Mann is mounting a comeback ahead of a historic election next month, setting the stage for a likely presidential bid that will add to the unpredictability of the country’s transition to democracy.
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Myanmar’s main opposition party, led by the Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, deliberately bypassed Muslim candidates ahead of the November election, a senior party member told Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit.
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Nearly half the names on the voters’ list of a Mandalay city township should not be there, the local National League for Democracy candidate claims.
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As advance voting kicks off tomorrow – officially at least – the Carter Center has reiterated its recommendation to the Union Election Commission to allow groups to “fully” observe the voting process, which remains one of the major points of concern among political parties.
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Polling for the general election has been cancelled in four Shan State townships amid security concerns as intense fighting continues between Burmese government forces and the Shan State Army-North (SSA-N) rebels in the area.
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International monitors in Myanmar voiced concerns Wednesday over next month’s crunch polls as the body charged with organising the election cancelled voting in several more villages, blaming fighting between the military and rebels.
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Myanmar could face months of negotiating between political parties and groups after the November 8 elections before a new government emerges, an analyst forecast.
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The acronym “SEZ” is notably absent from the campaign speeches of most candidates wooing voters in Dawei, site of a long-stalled but much-touted project that boosters say will spur development and create jobs while transforming the sleepy seaside region in southeast Burma into an industrial and maritime transit hub.
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Myanmar imported 400,000 tons of palm oil annually to fill demand of edible oil as an alternative, according to a Xinhua report on October 25.
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A new report reveals that whilst the current environment is creating opportunities for innovation, almost half of oil and gas executives admit they have fallen short of their innovation goals, according to a press release issued on October 27.
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