Wednesday, January 13th, 2016


The Tatmadaw pledged last night that it would “eliminate” the ethnic armed group known as the Arakan Army following nearly two weeks of fighting in remote areas of Rakhine State that has sent more than 200 civilians fleeing to the safety of Buddhist monasteries.
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The morning that everything changed for three young cousins began like almost every other in this quiet community near Myanmar’s border with China. The children were walking down a dirt road in the morning sunshine, chatting as they went, when the tranquility was shattered by a huge blast.
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An alliance of ethnic armed groups that did not sign an October ceasefire agreement with the Burmese government has announced that they will not participate in upcoming political dialogue.
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Burma’s Department of Civil Aviation is making progress on a new policy to oversee the use of drones, according to an official from the Ministry of Transportation.
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Traffic accident fatalities in Burma continued to climb last year, with the latest data placing the figure at more than 4,000 deaths in 2015.
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Than Htwe lives in Hlaing Tharyar, a sprawling township 20 km west of central Yangon, but his job is in downtown. Every morning he wakes up in the early hours, quickly downs a cup of tea and rushes to the bus stop at 6:30 just so he can get to his workplace by 9 o’clock.
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A woman in Mandalay faces charges under the new Monogamy Law—one of the four “protection of race and religion laws” passed last year, the Global New Light of Myanmar reported on 8 January quoting police sources.
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Both houses of Parliament have now approved an amendment to Burma’s election laws requiring a by-election within six months of a chamber seat being vacated.
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A National League for Democracy parliamentarian on Thursday put forward an urgent proposal to suspend construction of Rangoon high-rises that are not in accordance with existing laws.
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A draft amendment to the Mining Law, which includes new tax rates on mineral trading, will come into affect before the government hands over power to the National League for Democracy, according to the chair of the Resources Affair Committee.
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The National Union Election Commission (UEC) received a Shan Nationalities League for Democracy (SNLD) complaint of voter fraud against the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) in Namzang Township on 5 January, said SNLD representatives.
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Shanghai shares closed higher Friday after authorities reversed course and suspended a new “circuit breaker” mechanism that had fuelled a global rout by twice automatically closing Chinese markets early.
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Chinese markets were suspended Thursday for the second day this week after they fell more than seven percent, leading an Asia-wide sell-off as China weakened the value of the yuan currency by the most since August.
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Rakhine State locals are lodging complaints with a Kyaukphyu special economic zone (SEZ) committee today, according to a local NGO group, after a consortium led by Chinese firm CITIC won two tenders to develop the controversial project.
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Netflix – the world’s largest internet television network – has come to Myanmar as part of the firm’s expansion into 130 new countries. But slow download speeds and expensive data fees mean Myanmar’s DVD shops are not under threat from online streaming just yet.
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An increase in garment manufacturing and demand for storage space is pushing up rental prices on industrial land.
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Revo Tech, a Yangon-based agency keen on creative digital applications, has attracted new investment, as Anthem Asia bought a stake in its parent company, Singapore’s Phew Tech. The investment was said to be a six-figure US dollar sum.
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The number of migrants leaving Myanmar and Bangladesh by boat in the past four months has plummeted because of Thai and Bangladeshi crackdowns on human smugglers, the United Nations and a rights activist said on Friday.
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China is clearly anxious over the trajectory of relations with Myanmar, concerned that a West-ward shift in policy under President U Thein Sein will go even further in that direction under the new government to be led by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.
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Labour ministry officials from Thailand are due to resume talks today in Yangon with their Myanmar counterparts on the status of up to 3 million Myanmar migrant workers in the kingdom. If successful, the negotiations could lead to an agreement that would legalise the workers’ presence in Thailand, and help protect them from the bullying and gouging they say they face as a result of their uncertain status.
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