Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016


Around 1,500 police and plain-clothed individuals demolished more than 500 households in Kon Ta La Paung village in Rangoon’s Pyinmabin Industrial Zone on Tuesday morning, alleging that the inhabitants were squatters.
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Police in Rangoon’s Thanlyin Township have opened a case against several students under Burma’s controversial protest Law for organizing demonstrations against the country’s National Education Law more than a year ago.
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The Chinese firm Wanbao’s Burma subsidiary has reportedly told locals in the Letpadaung mine area that it has no plan to compensate them further, after hundreds of would-be farmers sought payment for crops forgone last year due to the project.
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Burma’s transition is an example of top-down reform and differs from Switzerland’s bottom-up federalism, said a senior member of a Shan delegation that recently returned from an exposure trip to Switzerland.
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What is women’s role in conflict, peacebuilding and democratization? What are the consequences of women’s inclusion and exclusion from the peace process? These are some of the questions explored in Women in Conflict and Peace, International IDEA’s publication was launched on 26 January in Myitkyina, the capital of Kachin State the organisation said in a press release.
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A village administrator from Minbya in Arakan State serving three years in prison for alleged links to the Arakan Army was released on 22 January as part of President Thein Sein’s political prisoner amnesty.
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Police who arrested two wanted men in a blaze of gunfire last weekend say they have uncovered a network of corrupt local officials apparently working with the two suspects.
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When leaders of Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy huddled this month to discuss the transfer of power in Myanmar, they quickly reached decisions on who from the party should take the key posts in the next parliament.
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Hundreds of newly-elected Myanmar MPs from Aung San Suu Kyi’s party took lessons in lawmaking from the outgoing army-dominated parliament on Wednesday (Jan 27), days before taking their seats in the most democratic legislature for decades.
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Myanmar’s outgoing army-backed president asked parliament Tuesday to extend the powers of the military-controlled home affairs ministry by giving it control over immigration, officials said.
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The National League for Democracy (NLD) released a statement on Wednesday announcing the formation of a new Parliamentary Affairs Committee comprising its party leaders.
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In a perhaps belated act of self-assertion, parliament’s neglected working committees have told the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw they need more staff, more information and better access to decision-makers. During the parliamentary term now about to close, the committee system has been badly attended, inefficient and largely ignored, they complained.
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Burma’s outgoing Union Election Commission (UEC) chair discussed some of the body’s shortcomings over the past five years in a meeting with National League for Democracy (NLD) chairwoman Aung San Suu Kyi in Naypyidaw on Tuesday.
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The municipal body responsible for regulating the construction of high-rise buildings in Burma’s business hub is toothless to intervene when disputes are connected to powerful officials, according to a board member.
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With credit card options proliferating in Burma, many of the country’s private banks are hoping to see more buzz within the industry in the months ahead.
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Asian stock markets mostly swung back into positive territory Wednesday while oil prices tumbled again, as the wild swings that have marked the start of the year showed no signs of abating.
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California-based venture capital firm 500 Startups has made its first investment in Myanmar, putting money on local tech firm Bindez.
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Two miles north of Muse, on Myanmar’s border with China, a company is negotiating with farmers to buy their land with a view to building a dry port.
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The Kachin State based anti-narcotics vigilante group Pat Ja San began destroying poppy fields in eastern Myitkyina district on Tuesday, with the protection of a security detail.
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Myanmar still languishes among the world’s most corrupt countries although its performance has improved slightly over the past year, according to a global review released yesterday.
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