Wednesday, February 10th, 2016


Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi pushed the message of national reconciliation on Wednesday, lauding the choice of representatives from ethnic minorities and the army-backed party as parliamentary speakers in a chamber dominated by her allies.
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On Wednesday morning, Myanmar convened the new Upper House and a Kayin and a Rakhine lawmaker were chosen as the respective speaker and deputy speaker of the chamber.
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Aung San Suu Kyi, chairwoman of the National League for Democracy (NLD), addressed reporters in Naypyidaw on Wednesday, vowing to streamline media relations between the Parliament and the press and conveying her confidence in two newly-appointed parliamentary speakers and their deputies. Below is an abridged transcript of her remarks, which were delivered to the press at her Rule of Law Committee office in the capital and shared online by social media users.
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A proposal to suspend Article 59(f) of Burma’s Constitution to allow Aung San Suu Kyi to assume the presidency may be put before the Parliament as soon as next week, according to at least two National League for Democracy (NLD) lawmakers, who wished to remain anonymous.
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The National League for Democracy (NLD), which on Monday entered Parliament as the new ruling party, has implemented a sweeping donation policy to raise party funds.
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With the incoming National League for Democracy (NLD)-led government pledging to cut or consolidate government ministries to reduce state expenditure, many observers have pointed to the Ministry of Information as in line to be scrapped.
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Staff at the finance ministry have finished compiling data and information on the past five years under instruction from the outgoing government, in preparation to hand over to the new administration, said permanent secretary U Maung Maung Win.
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The detained students and activists from the democracy education boycott column appeared at the Thayawady Township court on February 2, where they called on the new NLD-dominated parliament to create new laws to protect human rights in Myanmar.
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Accounts surfaced this week that authorities in Mong La, a special administrative region known as a hub for illicit activity on the Sino-Burmese border, may have executed a Chinese national after he was found guilty of homicide and arson.
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On February 2nd 2016, JJ-Pun unveiled a new Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative, which plans to bring solar lighting to 100 rural off-grid villages in 2016, in order to help local communities. The initiative builds on Myanmar’s successful first Community Light Centre in Ngar Zinyine village (Tada-U), which has been in operation since last October,the company said in a press release.
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Two well-known beers, Tiger and ABC Stout, are returning to their mother company after two decades with the military-backed Myanmar Brewery, Heineken announced on Wednesday.
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Industry sources have confirmed the names of seven companies that sent in non-binding expressions of interest to become Myanmar’s fourth mobile operator.
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Several weeks after a blaze gutted Yangon’s Mingalar Market, shop owners are competing for open-air space in the surrounding compound to sell their wares. With limited space, some have been arriving as early as midnight to stake out a place for the following day.
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Burma’s largest lake, Indawgyi in Kachin State’s Mohnyin Township, was designated a “wetland of international importance” on Tuesday, marked globally as World Wetlands Day.
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The National League for Democracy’s environmental conservation committee for Shan State will dig an artesian well for villagers living in the proximity of Heho Township’s Let Maung village in a bid to supply them with water after they have been hit by shortages, the Global New light of Myanmar reported on 3 February.
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North Korea told UN agencies on Tuesday it plans to launch a satellite as early as next week, a move that could advance the country’s long-range missile technology after its fourth nuclear test on Jan. 6.
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Set up five years ago, Myanmar’s National Human Rights Commission (MNHRC) was part of a charm offensive mounted by President U Thein Sein’s quasi-civilian government that succeeded in attracting international publicity and funding. Any legitimacy it may have held has taken a battering since.
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A recently announced plan by the Arakan State government to resettle dozens of conflict-displaced households appears to have been optimistic, according to a civil society leader who claims the state had grossly underestimated costs.
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The international community and local private dailies heralded the first day of the new Parliament’s term on Monday, but less effusive and generous in its coverage of the historic milestone was Burma’s state-run media.
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An official of the Ministry of Religious Affairs has cautioned that a graphic video posted on social media by nationalist monk U Wirathu dramatising the rape and murder of a Buddhist woman by Muslim men could lead to court action.
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