Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016


Perhaps inspired by the draconian measures taken against other social media pranksters, a Yangon resident decided to goad Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing online.
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Forced labor has continued across Burma at the hands of the military, despite the signing of an agreement with the International Labour Organization (ILO) to eliminate the practice by 2015, according to the ILO’s in-country liaison officer.
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Rangoon Division authorities have prohibited events marking the respective national days of ethnic Karen and Chin, according to leaders from both communities.
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Mandalay Division police have opened a lawsuit against four student activists for allegedly leading a commemoration ceremony in January marking a student protest march against Burma’s controversial National Education Law.
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Twelve farmers from Pegu Division’s Taungoo Township publicly demanded on Thursday that charges against them be dropped and thousands of acres of land allegedly confiscated by a major Burmese company be returned.
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The ministries of defence, home affairs and border affairs have announced their lists of state-owned land and buildings with defence controlling more than 2 million acres. The three ministries will remain under military control under the National League for Democracy government.
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Fighting between the Ta’ang National Liberation Army and the Restoration Council of Shan State has produced more than 4,000 refugees in northern Shan State, reports say.
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Last year, a cleaner hired by Phu Pwint’s family raped the 11-year-old girl when she was alone in her home in Hlaing Tharyar Township in northern Yangon.*
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Mandalay City Development Committee (MCDC) is building a housing project that is to be rented to migrant workers living along the Ayeyarwady River bank. However the flats could be provided to them only by lottery as the demand is higher than the supply, MCDC Joint Secretary Thet Naing Tun said.
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Days before democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi led her lawmakers into parliament as Burma’s government-in-waiting, Ei Than watched bulldozers sent by the military destroy her house in a slum on the outskirts of Rangoon.
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The mood of goodwill evident in early talks between Aung San Suu Kyi and Myanmar’s military over the country’s transition to democratic government has soured, as tensions rise over how to divide up power and deal with the legacy of junta rule.
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The Ministry of Mines is preparing to amend the by-laws for a new mining law and has asked for suggestions and proposals.
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Woodside Petroleum Ltd said on Friday it had discovered gas at its second well off Myanmar, on the opposite side of the offshore Rakhine Basin where it hit gas in January, calling the two finds “very encouraging”.
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The outlook for print media in Burma remains grim in the near-term, industry experts contend, with private outlets still grappling with how to make their ventures financially secure in a market where online platforms have gained prominence.
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Illegal trade has risen since the government abolished its smuggling taskforce in December, leading to a fall in official business through the country’s largest cross-border trading gate, officials say.
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Products of a popular Thai cosmetics brand were found to be “unfit for use,” according to an official announcement by Burma’s Ministry of Health on Wednesday.
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After decades of cultural suppression under military rule, ethnic minority groups met with international experts this week to voice their calls for multilingual education.
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Thai authorities have registered more than 70,000 previously undocumented foreign workers in its fishing industry, navy officials said Thursday, part of a bid by the junta to stave off a potentially ruinous ban on its seafood exports.
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