Friday, January 15th, 2016


Taungup Township administrator Lu Maw said local police arrested two Arakan Army soldiers found in possession of 50 walkie-talkies near the town’s outskirts on Saturday.
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The prominent jailed activist Naw Ohn Hla remains on a hunger strike that is about to enter its second week, with the prominent activist protesting a proposed law that would grant ex-presidents sweeping immunity regarding legal repercussions for actions undertaken in office.
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A massive fire at the Mingalar Market in Rangoon early Saturday morning has caused more than 36.6 million kyats (US$2.7 million) in damages, affecting 1,636 shops and injuring a firefighter, according to the Mingalar Taung Nyunt Township Police.
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The guns have fallen silent in western Rakhine State, at least for the moment, but the Tatmadaw has rejected an offer of dialogue from Arakan Army (AA) insurgents.
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President U Thein Sein’s showcase peace conference opens tomorrow in Nay Pyi Taw, but without several key players. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi intends to leave after opening speeches while the main ethnic armed groups at the heart of Myanmar’s civil wars will boycott the entire five-day event.
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The Central Executive Committee (CEC) meeting of the National League for Democracy was held in Naypyitaw on January 10 and focused on the selection of ministers for the forthcoming new cabinet and the merging of some ministries, NLD party spokesman and CEC member Nyan Win said.
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The National League for Democracy held a leadership meeting yesterday to discuss appointments to the government, with a spokesperson admitting the process was facing “difficulties” and that an anxious public should not expect early answers.
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Entry into Myanmar by foreign visitors, including businesspeople, tourists and students, will get easier starting today.
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The Union Election Commission said that it had established a tribunal to interrogate candidates and representatives who failed to submit their electoral expenses.
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A tribunal created by the Union Election Commission (UEC) will take another look at a complaint filed by a National League for Democracy (NLD) candidate against U Zahkung Ting Ying, a Kachin militia leader who banned the NLD from campaigning in his territory.
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Asian shares tumbled again Monday, with Shanghai plunging over five percent, after more weak data reignited concerns about China’s economy following a global stocks rout at the start of the year.
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The number of tourists visiting Mandalay, the second largest city in the country, was 242,566 in 2014 and it rose to 306,432 in 2015 which is a 26% increase, the Mandalay Hotel and Tourism Department said on 9 January.
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The Livelihoods and Food Security Trust Fund (LIFT) has awarded World Vision Myanmar, working in close partnership with World Vision Australia and its microfinance partner VisionFund Myanmar, a grant of $4.5 million to help approximately 100,000 people gain improved access to financial services. In alignment with LIFT’s objectives, the grant will enable VisionFund Myanmar to increase its efforts to provide credit and savings products for those primarily engaged in agricultural and off-farm small businesses in the states of Kachin, Shan, Kayah and Kayin, comprising a major part of Myanmar’s uplands region.
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Two rice mills and their attached storehouses burned down at around 1:00 am on the morning of 7 January in Tha Ya Nar Village in Kyaikmayaw Township, Mon State.
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Khaung Tong Creek was 1.5 meters deep and pristine some 10 years ago, but these days this important tributary of Kachin State’s famed Indawgyi Lake is just a little stream some 10 cm deep, filled with red-brownish mud.
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The evidence comprised little more than a data table, printed on a single sheet of paper. To Jane Taupin, it didn’t seem to make sense.

“[It] had no guidance for the reader of how to interpret the table,” she said.
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A Bilateral Thai-Myanmar meeting to resolve issues relating to migrant workers in Thailand has ended inconclusively, as the Thai negotiators have referred all matters under discussion to Bangkok for a decision.
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Soon the world will witness a remarkable sight: a beloved Nobel Peace Prize winner presiding over 21st-century concentration camps.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, one of the world’s genuine heroes, won democracy for her country, culminating in historic elections in November that her party won in a landslide. As winner, Aung San Suu Kyi is also inheriting the worst ethnic cleansing you’ve never heard of, Myanmar’s destruction of a Muslim minority called the Rohingya.
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Everything is looking good as the Burmese government and a number of ethnic armed groups prepare for a political dialog, which is soon to begin. On Oct. 15 last year, eight such groups signed a Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement with the government. Just as many groups did not sign, but the agreement nevertheless “silenced the guns in two thirds of the conflict areas. By strength of forces of the eight signatories, it’s like 80 per cent of the ethnic armed groups.”
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On Tuesday, Burma’s lame duck government led by President Thein Sein and backed by the country’s military is holding a national conference ostensibly to foster peace. The dialogue will bring together the Burmese military and the representatives of the eight ethnic armed groups that agreed to the partial ceasefire agreement in October.
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