Monday, December 14th, 2015


Myanmar is demarcating an area of 1,737 hectares in Kyaukphyu, western Rakhine state to establish a special economic zone (SEZ) in the region, an official report said Friday.
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President Thein Sein has scheduled a law limiting business monopolisation to take effect in February 2017, guaranteeing his government will not have to pursue its mandate.
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Burma’s total trade volume has declined in value for the first time since the switch to quasi-civilian rule, largely a result of the long and seemingly inexorable slide of the local currency.
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Though it emits very little greenhouse gas – and what is emitted is offset by its forests – Myanmar is affected more than almost any other country in the world by climate change, the country’s delegates will tell the Paris climate conference.
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It is harvest time in the shadow of mist-covered mountains in southern Shan State – not for the rice or pulses growing elsewhere, but in the fields that will supply heroin to voracious markets, in Myanmar and across international borders.
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Thailand’s foreign minister called on Friday for concerted action to tackle irregular migration in the Indian Ocean, as regional nations met for talks aimed at preventing another “boat people” crisis.
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The U.S. Treasury Department is preparing to make it easier for American companies to do business through a port in Myanmar that is owned by a sanctioned company whose reclusive owner has close ties to the ruling military junta.
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The United States on Thursday called for a credible, independent investigation by Myanmar’s government of reports of military atrocities in the country’s Shan State, saying they were reprehensible, if true.
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It was all beaming smiles in Burma’s capital on Wednesday, as the country’s three most influential figures came together for initial discussions that could prove crucial for the country’s political future.
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Rebel groups the Shan State Army-South (SSA-S) and the Ta’ang (Palaung) National Liberation Army (TNLA) have each denied responsibility for sparking violence between the two militia groups, which clashed between 27 – 30 November.
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More than 600,000 people in Burma need food assistance due to natural disasters, violence and conflict, the UN World Food Programme said on Wednesday, announcing a $40 million funding shortfall for food aid through June 2016.
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Win Maw Oo’s parents kept their promise for 27 years, steadfastly waiting for the moment they could bestow peace on her restless soul. They now believe that moment will arrive early next year when the party of Aung San Suu Kyi takes power.
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Leaders of the Shan State Progressive Party (SSPP) may soon travel to Naypyidaw to meet with the government, amid a lull in fighting but simmering tensions as a territorial standoff here enters its ninth week.
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The Myanmar Media Lawyers’ Network (MMLN) and the Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD) hosted a workshop on 29 November to discuss changes to the country’s broadcasting framework, and how they will impact freedom of expression in the country, according to a statement on 3 December.
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Myanmar’s next government must implement urgent reforms of the jade mining sector, Global Witness, a UK-based watchdog, says in a report released today that details a web of powerful companies allegedly run by a Chinese drug lord.
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After failing to win any seats in last month’s election, the National Democratic Force (NDF) has vowed to continue its political activities by setting up an oversight group to monitor the activities of the next government.
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Burma’s opposition was tight-lipped on Thursday about talks between leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the country’s top general, citing the need for goodwill with its future government partners to ensure a smooth path to office.
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The turnout in the November 8 parliamentary elections was 69 percent of registered voters, according to official figures released yesterday that showed a considerable drop on past polls.
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Discretion is the better part of valour – especially when one is dealing with a powerful militia in Shan State, it would appear. Politicians from the National League for Democracy and the Shan Nationalities League for Democracy have told The Myanmar Times that they had decided not to press complaints against the Pa-O militia over intimidation of their candidates in the run-up to the November 8 election.
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Burma’s two biggest political parties have crossed swords in Mandalay’s Yamethin Township, where each side has accused the other of illegally using religion to further their election campaigns.
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