Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016


After Husaina’s 20-year-old son fled poverty and discrimination in Myanmar’s Rakhine State by boat, she heard nothing from him for seven months.
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An outspoken nationalist monk has issued a sinister warning to the incoming National League for Democracy government over one of the most sensitive issues on its reform agenda.
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Two young women who were the focus of a Myanmar Times investigation this month into mass abductions of civilians by ethnic armed groups have been freed by the Kachin Independence Army (KIA).
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Members of parliament are calling on armed groups engaged in fighting in Shan State to drop their weapons and head to the negotiating table.
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Supporters of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi yesterday reacted strongly to comments by Minister for Information U Ye Htut seemingly quashing efforts by the National League of Democracy to appoint its leader as president.
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The National League for Democracy’s secretive negotiations and closed-door power brokering have been blamed for a breakdown in ties with the country’s most electorally successful ethnic minority party.
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MPs have been urged to submit an urgent proposal to Parliament to free the students still in jail after protesting against the National Education Law a year ago, according to Robert San Aung, the accused students’ lawyer.
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Flows of Indian white sugar to Myanmar, a gateway for smuggling into China, are slowing down, while Brazilian sugar is becoming more competitive due to cheaper freight.
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The Chinese firm behind the controversial Letpadaung copper mine said last week it plans to restart operations in May, a month after a National League for Democracy government takes office.
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Kachin state government authorities in northern Myanmar seized more than 20,000 metric tons (22,046 U.S. tons) of illegal timber near the country’s border with China over the last five years, a high-ranking forestry official said Thursday.
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Royal Dutch Shell has embarked on a detailed review of BG Group’s assets in Myanmar after the international oil giant completed a US$53 billion acquisition of its British rival on February 15.
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A new law is being drafted to promote Myanmar’s rubber sector, as the commodity’s international value plummets and a number of plantations across the country are forced out of business.
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Myanmar Fisheries Federation has put fish farmers on alert amid El Nino impact, calling for necessary measures to be undertaken to avoid possible loss due to high temperature, local media reported Friday.
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Anti-drug activists said Friday the military and local police are preventing them from destroying fields of opium poppies in northern Myanmar, a major cultivation area for the drug that can be made into heroin.
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Preet Malik, the former Indian ambassador to Myanmar, says the country presents a ‘strategic opportunity’ for India and China.
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The new National Land Use Policy is a positive step, but its principles need to be enshrined in law to protect the vulnerable from land grabs and forced evictions.
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The surge in fighting in northern Shan State in recent weeks has highlighted what a disaster the nationwide ceasefire agreement has been. International organisations who supported it must answer questions about their role, but right now urgent help is required for those suffering the consequences.
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Members of the National League for Democracy (NLD) have indicated that freeing political prisoners will be among the party’s top priorities when they take the reins of government on April 1.
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Leaders from the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC), an alliance of ethnic armed groups, gathered in northern Thailand on Thursday to prepare for peace negotiations with Burma’s incoming National League for Democracy (NLD)-led government.
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The News and Information department of the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) issued a statement on Wednesday claiming that their troops had been targeted in airstrikes by the Burmese air force in northern Shan State.
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