Friday, January 8th, 2016


More than 100 villagers have reportedly fled to monasteries since fighting between the Arakan Army and government troops in Arakan State’s Kyauktaw Township flared up on Dec. 27. (more…)

A spokesman for the Shan State Army-South (SSA-S) has said there may be “something wrong” with the nationwide ceasefire agreement inked in October if his group, one of the pact’s signatories, does not receive an explanation after coming under attack by the Burma Army on New Year’s Eve. (more…)

The Burmese military on Saturday urged civilians displaced by war in southern Shan State to return home.

Over 1,000 people remain in a displacement camp near the town of Mongshu, where fighting between the Burmese army and rebel group the Shan State Army-North (SSA-N) has flared intermittently since October. (more…)

National League for Democracy (NLD) leader Aung San Suu Kyi warned newly elected lawmakers on Monday she would “take action” against those who request ministerial positions in the incoming government. (more…)

The commander-in-chief of the Burma Army on Monday defended the nation’s ongoing civil conflict as a “just war” geared toward stability of the nation, remarks made on the same day the incoming leadership vowed to make peace its top priority. (more…)

EAOs and Political Party representatives to the UPDJC secretariat met with NLD leaders at their office in Rangoon on 4th January 2015, the Karen National Union said on 5 January on the organisation’s official Facebook page. (more…)

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi says she intends to expand the peace process  to include all ethnic armed groups, not just those that joined the nationwide ceasefire agreement signed in October. (more…)

Progress on a controversial bill that some would give more power to the military chief than the president has been stalled until the next parliament convenes. (more…)

Authorities are offering financial help to rebuild damaged homes of nearly 2,000 people after a strong earthquake that struck India’s remote northeast along the border with Myanmar early Monday. (more…)

After fielding numerous complaints from industry stakeholders in recent weeks, the government has made a policy about-face, backing down on most of its plans to restrict Burma’s vehicle imports beginning this year. (more…)

Observers have expressed concern over a potential uptick in illegal imports, including low-quality food and drugs, after Burma’s commerce ministry announced the disbanding of anti-smuggling teams last week. (more…)

Two weeks after the government launched an investigation into illegal vehicle imports related to the jade trade in northern Burma’s Kachin State, authorities have yet to disclose any firm details about their findings. (more…)

A joint venture that includes local oil and gas extraction company MPRL E&P, led by business tycoon Michael Moe Myint, has discovered a new gas field in late November, the firm revealed in an announcement on Monday. (more…)

High demand from China is boosting Myanmar’s sugar exports, as world prices for the sweetener also increase on the back of forecasts of a global production deficit over the next two years. (more…)

Factory bosses are flying in the face of rulings by the arbitration council, ignoring orders to compensate or rehire axed staffers, according to worker representatives. (more…)

Severe heat and drought may strike Burma during the current El Niño weather pattern, a leading meteorologist has warned, predicting that the first six months of the current year could be the most extreme of the 12 to 18 month cycle. (more…)

Hackers attacked Thai police websites on Tuesday in protest against the trial of two Myanmar migrant workers sentenced to death last month for the murders of two British tourists. (more…)

China’s first landing of a plane on one of its new island runways in the South China Sea shows Beijing’s facilities in the disputed region are being completed on schedule and military flights will inevitably follow, foreign officials and analysts said. (more…)

When it comes to the sheer number of people donating money to charity, India and the United States are the world’s top two nations with 184 and 164 million people making monthly donations respectively in 2014. However, in percentage terms, the people of Myanmar are the world’s most generous, according to CAF’s World Giving Index. (more…)

The Christmas Eve verdict to convict and condemn two Myanmar men for the unspeakable Koh Tao beach murders touched off quite a firestorm of its own. There were protests, but really, quelle surprise, right? (more…)

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