Monday, March 14th, 2016


Myanmar’s military released 46 children and young people from service, the United Nations said in a statement on Monday, in its first discharge of underage recruits this year.
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Thousands of civilians have fled their homes in northeastern Myanmar after a recent upswing in fighting between ethnic minority rebels and the army, combatants and witnesses said Sunday.
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About 1,000 people are facing food shortages after having fled from their homes in Kutkai Township, northern Shan State where government troops and Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) are fighting.
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Six prominent members of the former Arakan League for Democracy (ALD), which merged with the Rakhine Nationalities Development Party (RNDP) two years ago to form the Arakan National Party (ANP), were removed from their ANP leadership posts on Sunday, following a two-day meeting in Ponnagyun Township’s Pannila village, in northern Arakan State.
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A court in Panghsang handed down death sentences to two people found guilty of murder in the autonomous Wa Special Region, where on Sunday the duo were executed, according to local sources.
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Gen. Saw Lah Pwe, the former leader of the ethnic armed group the Democratic Karen Benevolent Army (DKBA), died on Sunday at the age of 53 after a long battle with throat cancer.
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An Arakanese MP who was recently jailed on charges of criminal intimidation and trespassing has been released after winning an appeal at a district court in western Burma.
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The development sector in Myanmar needs to take a long, hard look at itself, according to industry experts.
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Mandalay parliament has been sent numerous complaints from the public about the judicial process and farmland grabs, said Dr Khin Maung Htay, Deputy Speaker for the regional parliament.
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More than 40 townships across Myanmar are still threatened by landmines, according to a report by the Nyein Chan Myanmar Foundation. People in Kayin and Kachin States and in eastern Bago Region are still frequently injured by landmines, the report says.
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The new president of Burma’s incoming National League for Democracy (NLD) government will go to a vote on Tuesday, after a body scrutinizing presidential qualifications has worked out whether three men selected last week are fit for the post, according to the deputy speaker of Parliament’s Upper House.
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Burma’s Union Parliament announced on Monday that the two National League for Democracy (NLD) presidential nominees as well as one selected by military representatives passed a parliamentary scrutinizing body’s vetting process, qualifying all three to vie for Burma’s highest civilian post.
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For years he walked alongside Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, a quiet confidant as she campaigned for democracy in Myanmar. On Tuesday, with her blessing, Htin Kyaw will become the country’s president.
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Myanmar’s powerful military questioned Aung San Suu Kyi’s picks for president and vice president on Monday as tension simmered between the two sides a day before parliament votes on who should get the top job.
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Myanmar’s army sparked public criticism Saturday after it nominated a retired general still blacklisted by the United States to be vice president of the country’s first civilian government in decades.
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Myanmar’s new stock exchange plans its first listing on March 25, the deputy finance minister told Reuters on Sunday, more than three months after it launched.
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Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and local residents living near the Dawei Special Economic Zone (SEZ) have called for action from the Japanese, Myanmar and Thai governments to tackle human rights violations before allowing the project to resume.
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Kyaukpyu residents have written to President Thein Sein and the Kyaukpyu Special Economic Zone’s management committee to warn that the deep-sea port project in Rakhine State could endanger national sovereignty.
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The World Bank Group (WBG) in Myanmar has outlined six priority areas to ensure that economic prosperity is shared by all.
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The passing of a new financial institutions law in January has raised hopes of a brighter future for the nation’s banks but there are challenging times ahead.
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