Wednesday, January 6th, 2016


Nan Lin, the chairman of the Dagon University Student Union in Rangoon, has been arrested after six months on the run and sent to remand in Insein Prison for his involvement in a protest against the political role of Burma’s military.
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Soon after polls closed in Myanmar’s November 8 elections, photos of the ink-stained fingers of proud voters were plastered across the country’s Facebook pages. Overnight, the “purple pinky”, used as a means to determine who had voted, became a badge of democratic honour.
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The head of Falam township municipality, U Hlawn Sa Vung, opposes the allocation of land in Thanral, Myout, Baila and Kalrawl villages in Laizo Village Tract to displaced flood victims.
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With just a few months of the current government’s term remaining, the administration of President Thein Sein is renewing its push to enact a tax on mobile phone use that proved highly unpopular when it was first put forward earlier this year.
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A cross-party committee formed to oversee the transition to the next government has held its first meeting in Naypyidaw, with National League for Democracy Leader (NLD) Aung San Suu Kyi telling those assembled that she believed the transfer of power was on track to proceed smoothly.
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The so-called Union Political Dialogue Joint Committee signed off on a draft framework for political dialogue in Naypyidaw on Tuesday, with the text handed to President Thein Sein for approval on Wednesday, according to the Myanmar Peace Center (MPC).
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Burma’s Lower House Speaker has said there is a continuing need for “mutual trust” between major political players during the current political transition, and has called for continued political dialogue to ensure that the next government is able to take office smoothly.
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Divergent views are emerging over whether or not outgoing parliamentarians should be provided with “pensions” upon their retirement, a disbursement that lawmakers say is in reality a one-time “gratuity” for their service.
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Naing Han Thar, the vice chairman of the New Mon State Party (NMSP), said a peace deal between the Myanmar government and ethnic armed groups will be easier to achieve when the government led by Aung San Suu Kyi comes to power.
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The parliamentary Judicial, Legal, Complaints and Appeals Scrutinizing Committee Chairman Thura Aung Ko said that there were many real estate cases in economic hub cities such as Yangon and Mandalay that were being exploited by a nexus of government officials and touts.
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Local parliamentary affairs will be the first priority of the Arakan National Party (ANP) in 2016, central committee member Aye Thar Aung said on Tuesday, with the party hopeful the state’s new chief minister will be drawn from within its ranks.
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Shocked by the scale of its defeat in last month’s elections, the military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party is launching reforms to rebuild from the roots, eying a 2020 comeback.
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Three ethnic political parties have recently applied to join the United Nationalities Alliance (UNA), an alliance of ethnic political parties that contested the 1990 elections.
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Using heavy earth-excavators and explosives, miners have been tearing into Burma’s northern hills in recent months, in a rush to excavate more jade from the world’s richest deposits of the gemstone before a new government takes office next year.
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Workers from ‘Hteiktan’ garment factory in Hlaingthayar Industrial Park 4 will continue their strike, which started seven days ago, until their demands of getting their November wages in full are met a clerk from the factory, Moe Sandar Myint, told Mizzima.
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Japan and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) are supporting a project that aims to scale up incomes and new employment opportunities for small businesses and entrepreneurs selling crafts and local food to tourists and residents in four townships in Mon state—Chaungzon Island, Kyaikto, Mawlamyine and Mudon, according to a press release on 16 December.
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The Restoration Council of Shan State (RCSS) says its ambitious drug eradication plans have gone nowhere due to a lack of cooperation from the regional military command in Shan State, the epicenter of Burma’s opium problem.
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Thirteen Myanmar fishermen out of a total of 500 who were trafficked and sold on Benjina Island in Indonesia have sued their traffickers for damages in an Indonesian court.
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China expects a new page to emerge in Myanmar’s domestic politics and foreign policy following the landslide election victory of the National League for Democracy. At the same time the party’s yet-to-be-clarified strategy has fuelled considerable uncertainty in the Chinese policy community, giving rise to heated discussion about whether – and if so, how – China should once again adjust its policy toward Myanmar.
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Post-election horse-trading has begun in earnest in Myanmar, hinting at the contours of a new power-sharing arrangement between elected and military forces.
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