Monday, January 18th, 2016


For more than six months in 2011, YweJa refused to leave her home in Myanmar’s Kachin State despite heavy fighting around her village. It was where she was born, and she had built a life there as a teacher with a farmer husband and a young child.
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The Kachin Republic Party (KRP) Acting General Secretary Lashi Yawna said that they were preparing to form their KRP in an independent Kachin Republic.
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About 200 farmers intent on protesting land abuses tied to the Chinese-owned Letpadaung copper mine were halted by police short of their goal on Thursday as local people continue to push authorities on issues related to the controversial project, RFA reported on 14 January.
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Three Kachin youths living in camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) outside Myitkyina met National League for Democracy patron Tin Oo and the NLD’s Education Network on Friday at party headquarters in Rangoon, where the trio shared their familiarity with the hardships of war.
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Ethnic Ta’ang troops clashed with the Burma Army in Shan State’s Kutkai and Namtu townships on Jan. 12, in the midst of celebrations for Ta’ang National Revolutionary Day.
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A judge in Thailand’s Ranong Province has ordered that evidence be presented within nine days in order to charge two 15-year-old Burmese migrants accused of involvement in the fatal September stabbing of a Thai woman.
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Organisers of makeshift camps for villagers fleeing a military offensive in remote areas of Rakhine State are appealing to the international community for aid.
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A key signatory to a ceasefire brokered by outgoing President Thein Sein with some of Burma‘s ethnic armed groups has expressed concern over a lack of clarity from Aung San Suu Kyi and called on her to keep the team that struck the deal intact. (more…)

More than 30 members of the Internal Revenue Department in Naypyidaw have been expelled or disciplined over the past five years for corruption, a senior department official has said. (more…)

Burma’s Upper House of Parliament approved the Presidential Security Bill on Thursday, a controversial proposal that would offer immunity to former heads of state.
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Fundamental rifts emerged as more than 700 representatives of ethnic armed groups, political parties, civil society, the government and the Burma Army convened for a fourth day of political dialogue in the capital Naypyidaw on Friday.
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Khin Shwe, a distinguished member of the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), has disavowed rumors that he is facing expulsion from the party over his support for the opposition in a Nov. 8 general election.

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The Burmese military says it will work with Aung San Suu Kyi’s incoming government when it takes over the country’s peace process.
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Myanmar’s current parliament speaker U Shwe Mann has called on fresh parliamentarians to strive to ensure high-quality service in the new legislative body, taking lessons from previous parliamentary activities, an official report said Friday.
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Legal cases will be opened against 175 candidates in the November 2015 general election for failing to submit their campaign expenses on time, according to the Union Election Commission.
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Deputy Finance Minister Lin Aung urged Parliament on Thursday to revise the property tax paid by some buyers, despite criticism within the real estate industry.
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The large Taxpayer office (LTO) has warned that tax payers not complying with regulations face serious action this year.
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A runaway boss is to be sued for failing to attend conciliation meetings aimed at resolving a labour dispute. The Yangon Region labour relations department of the Ministry of Labour will take action against U Min Min, owner of the Htate Tan Myanmar garment factory, for his persistent absences, said deputy director of the department Daw Lwin Lwin Myint.
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A new arbitration bill has come into force, replacing legislation drafted over half a century ago and helping address a key concern among foreign investors in Myanmar.
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The Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry (MOECAF) issued new procedures yesterday for evaluating the environmental impact of local projects, as well as new guidelines on emissions.
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