February 2016


The landslide victory by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy in the recent general election demonstrated the ardent wish of the Myanmar people to see an end to half a century of military rule.
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Born in a large, academically-inclined family, Dr. Zaw Myint Maung said he had always been interested in politics but refrained from political activism at school, acutely aware his parents and eight siblings – he’s number three – could face discrimination if he did so.
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Speaking to 1,000 of his soldiers at a mountain base on Myanmar’s border with Thailand, the leader of a powerful ethnic armed group called on other rebels to join government-led peace talks and appealed for unity among the country’s minorities.
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Over 3,000 people have fled their homes in northern Myanmar following clashes between two ethnic rebel groups, the United Nations said Tuesday, raising fears the government’s fragile peace efforts could be fracturing.
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An individual arrested last week over a Facebook post that allegedly defames the government and the military has said he is not the suspect in question—a user under the name of Kyat Pha Gyi.
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Ethnic representatives from the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) and various domestic and international advisors gathered to discuss security issues and Burma’s peace process in northern Thailand’s Chiang Mai this week.
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Four people were reportedly killed and 11 injured in a car accident as civilians fled armed conflict in northern Shan State’s Kyaukme Township on Monday.
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Residents of Hpakant, Kachin State, staged a protest for three consecutive days against jade mining companies, blocking the roads normally used by trucks for dumping waste soil. The area was hit several times over the last year by deadly landslides caused by irresponsibly dumped soil.
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Refugees fleeing fighting between two Shan and Ta’Ang armed groups say they fear this latest war in northern Shan State will trigger a broader communal conflict in areas where people have long lived side by side.
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Burma‘s powerful army chief Min Aung Hlaing and his deputy are slated to extend their terms for another five years, a local newspaper said on Saturday, as the military and democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi negotiates the terms of transition.
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When U.S. President Barack Obama hosts a meeting of Southeast Asian leaders in California this week, his Myanmar counterpart Thein Sein will be notably absent.
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Aung San Suu Kyi , Leader of the National League for Democracy (NLD), stressed on Monday that Myanmar’s parliament is a place where lawmakers are to serve for the interest of the country and its people as much as possible.
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Over the weekend, sources reported that Myanmar’s powerful military chief will have his term extended for another five years as parties negotiate the terms of the country’s political transition following a historic election last November.
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Sai Tun Aung, a Lower House lawmaker for Kyaukme Township representing the Shan Nationalities League for Democracy (SNLD), submitted a proposal on Tuesday calling for an end to fighting in Shan State.
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A hotel owned by Burmese business tycoon Tay Za in the country’s capital has been warned by the Naypyidaw Council against sponsoring trainings for political parties.
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A five-day workshop on parliamentary procedures started in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday, aiming to broaden the knowledge of new lawmakers in Myanmar’s second parliament, the Global New Light of Myanmar reported on 16 February.
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Shan State politicians are urging parliament to immediately address renewed clashes in the northern end of the state which have already displaced thousands of civilians and trapped several thousand more.
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Bilateral trade between Myanmar and China hit over $9.4 billion in the first ten months (April-January) of 2015-16 fiscal year, IANS reported on 15 February quoting sources from the Ministry of Commerce.
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Revenue derived from Burma’s official jade exports declined in the first nine months of the 2015-16 fiscal year, as the lucrative industry continues to draw fire over safety, ethical and environmental concerns.
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Famed civil society organization Free Funeral Services Society (FFSS) announced that it will expand its mandate to provide trainings in organic farming in an effort to improve food quality in Burma.
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