Friday, March 11th, 2016


Six weeks after his arrest, U Nyi Nyi Lwin, better known by his ordination name U Gambira, has finally been formally charged for an alleged immigration offence and will face a maximum prison sentence of five years if convicted.
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Me Me, a prominent rights activist, has decided to remain in prison rather than pay a fine regarding charges of violating Article 18 of Burma’s Peaceful Assembly Law.
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Away from the presidential nomination spotlight, 10 March also marks the one-year anniversary of the violent police crackdown on student protestors in Latpadan.
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The people of Rakhine State want one of their own to become its next chief minister but they might be disappointed by the National League for Democracy.
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Myanmar’s election last November was hailed as the fairest the country had ever seen. The vote sent Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy to victory after decades of opposition to the country’s former military leaders. This week Myanmar’s parliament, where the NLD now dominates, will nominate a president to lead a new government.
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Hla Hpone, who is accused of running the “Kyat Pha Kyi” Facebook page, is being charged under Section 505(b) as well as Section 66(d) of Telecommunications Law, Mayangon Township judge told him during his court hearing held on March 9.
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Clashes between government forces and Kachin Independence Army (KIA) broke out in 2011 and the Peace Consulting Group (PCG) based in Myitkyina has called on both sides to resettle the refugees forced into camps by the conflict.
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The Indian World Peace Movement Trust (WPMT) named Burmese historian Dr Sai Aung Tun as a 2016 Ambassador of peace at a ceremony in Rangoon on 5 March.
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Myanmar’s new parliament nominated four presidential candidates on Thursday, with Htin Kyaw, a nominee from the National League for Democracy (NLD), tipped to be president. One name was notably absent – Nobel peace laureate and NLD leader Aung San Suu Kyi who did not attend the event.
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The National League for Democracy (NLD) has selected Htin Kyaw and Henry Van Thio as its nominees for the presidency, significantly narrowing the scope for speculation over whom the party will choose as its proxy for popular leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
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The National League for Democracy’s (NLD) nominations for the presidency have been commended for promoting national reconciliation.
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Aung San Suu Kyi called for the ongoing support of the Burmese people on the morning of vice presidential nominations within the Parliament.
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Mon State civil society organizations are demanding that the incoming National League for Democracy (NLD) government suspend a Thai-backed coal power plant project in Ye Township.
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Myanmar Oriental Bank is planning to issue unsecured credit cards to customers with a monthly income of more than K150,000, becoming the first bank in the country to make the service widely available.
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Applications from would-be renters in Yangon’s newest public housing development have been flooding in, at a rate 30 times greater than the space available, officials say.
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Myanmar is one of the world’s largest producers of oilseeds such as sesame, sunflower, mustard and groundnut but loses millions of dollars a year due to poor agricultural practices and a lack of quality control.
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Already displaced by conflict between rebels and the Burmese army, more than 150 Arakanese villagers are now facing a water shortage as the hot season bears down on the impoverished and conflict-ridden state.
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A Thai fisheries factory has further capitulated to the demands of its workers and agreed to equally compensate all labourers in a companywide settlement – a development rights advocates say is virtually unprecedented.
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Six Bangladeshi migrants caught entering Australian waters by the country’s border patrol have been sent back to Indonesia on a fishing boat, an Indonesian official said Thursday.
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Thirty four countries — 27 of them in Africa — do not have enough food for their people because of conflicts, drought and flooding, according to a United Nations report issued Wednesday. The Food and Agriculture Organization’s Crop Prospects and Food Situation report said conflicts in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Somalia and the Central African Republic had taken a heavy toll on agricultural production, worsening the humanitarian crises in those countries. And the impact of these conflicts extends to neighboring countries that are hosting refugees, straining food resources in those countries, it said. The other countries on the list facing food shortages are Zimbabwe, Burkina Faso, Chad, Djibouti, Eritrea, Guinea, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Sierra Leone, Burundi, Cameroon, the Republic of Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mozambique, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Uganda, Afghanistan, Myanmar, Nepal and North Korea.

Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/10/world/africa/34-countries-need-food-aid-report-says.html

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