Friday, November 20th, 2015


The world added 87 million new mobile subscribers this past quarter, with nearly 6 percent of them coming from Myanmar, making it the fourth-fastest growing market on earth, according to Ericsson’s Q3 2015 Mobility Report. (more…)

The Union Election Commission (UEC) on Friday announced the winners of the last 11 undeclared races in Burma’s Nov. 8 general election, with the nationwide contest’s victorious National League for Democracy (NLD) adding five seats to its tally. (more…)

They haven’t had much of a break, the slum-dwellers and squatters in Yangon’s densely populated industrial outer suburb of Hlaing Tharyar. But they’re hoping the National League for Democracy’s election victory will usher in a better era. (more…)

Mai Kaung Saing — A complaint has been filed with the Union Election Commission (UEC) after a candidate for the Ta’ang National Party (TNP) alleges that he won instead of the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) during the recent election. (more…)

The extent of the electoral loss suffered by the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) has surprised many observers, including the most high-profile members of the party themselves. Among the old guard of the former junta and the hybrid government that succeeded in 2011, many faced a humiliating defeat, including Thura Shwe Mann, the outgoing speaker of the lower house, Wai Lwin and Hla Min, two former defense ministers, and Htay Oo, the party chief. (more…)

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi has rebuked some politicians from her victorious National League for Democracy (NLD) for exceeding an internal election spending limit amid worries the beaten ruling party may seek to challenge poll results, an NLD source said. (more…)

Responding to doubts about the current government’s willingness to hand over the reins, outgoing presidential spokesman Ye Htut said President Thein Sein had every intention of setting a “good precedent” for the country’s young democracy, calling a peaceful power transfer his administration’s “last victory.” (more…)

As the extent of the victory by the National League for Democracy starts to sink in, some of the losers are already thinking about the future and their potential role. (more…)

Shan State’s 10,000-plus internally displaced people (IDPs) are now dispersed between more than ten locations in six townships, according to data collected by the Tai Youth Network (TYN). (more…)

Hakim a mosque committee member said: “The villagers had renovated the mosque and maqtab after they were destroyed by Cyclone Komen that hit Arakan from 29 to 31 July 2015. During that time many houses and paddy fields were destroyed across Arakan State.” (more…)

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi may become involved in the peace process even before her National League for Democracy forms a government next year. Yesterday, representatives of some of the eight ethnic armed groups that signed the Nationwide Ceasefire Accord last month signalled their wish to consult her. (more…)

“Authoritarian rule is the common enemy of Burma and all Burmese citizens,” said one of the country’s most respected Buddhist monks, Thu Mingala, at a ceremony to mark the birthday of a colleague at a monastery in Rangoon Division’s Hmawbi on Friday. (more…)