Wednesday, March 16th, 2016


Ethnic Palaung civil society groups this week claimed widespread human rights abuses are being perpetrated by the Burma Army amid an ongoing offensive by government troops in northern Shan State.
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The Mon State government has announced it will redistribute a hoard of confiscated vehicles this week amongst government agencies.
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After a month-long break, the Rakhine State Hluttaw yesterday convened again yesterday – but went into recess again after barely an hour.
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Detained students from the student protest column and civilian supporters have announced that they will boycott and refuse to cooperate with the unfair justice system at upcoming court hearings.
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Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Burmese authorities to do everything possible to arrest and prosecute all those who had anything to do with last week’s bomb explosion at the home of Min Min, the chief editor of the Root Investigative Agency (RIA), in the troubled western state of Arakan.
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Farmers have not been paid over half a billion kyats of promised compensation for farmlands ruined by the Myanmar Oil and Gas (MOGE) Myanmar to China gas pipeline in Ann Township, Arakan State.
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Myanmar’s powerful army chief congratulated incoming president Htin Kyaw and pledged cooperation on Wednesday, after the ally of Aung San Suu Kyi was elected as the country’s first head of state with no military background in decades.
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Nestled among towers of mouldering paperwork, the few flickering computer screens at Myanmar’s information ministry are a sign that change is afoot, and nervous bureaucrats expect more to come under the first civilian government in decades.
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National League for Democracy (NLD) nominee Htin Kyaw’s election on Tuesday as Burma’s next president has received roaring applause from local and international figures.
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The National League for Democracy will cut at least 15 ministerial and deputy ministerial positions when it takes office on April 1, the party said on Wednesday.
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Offering an exclusive insight into the life of Burma’s freshly minted president, Htin Kyaw’s siblings paint a picture of a reliable and incorruptible man who is ready to lead the country into a new era of democratic rule.
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Four people have been arrested at Mae La refugee camp on Burma’s border with Thailand for allegedly killing a policeman.
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With figures topping US$5 billion, a widening trade deficit is likely to greet Burma’s new government on April 1, says the Ministry of Commerce.
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It was perhaps inevitable that Burma’s business sector would struggle with the idea of corporate social responsibility (CSR), operating in a country of high charitable giving and stark contrasts between its wealthiest and poorest citizens.
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At a glance, the K10,000 note seemed real – but extensive examination under a lamp at a neighbourhood stall gave it away as a counterfeit.
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The thriving illegal business in gold across Myanmar’s porous borders is likely to continue unchecked until the government legalises trade of the raw material, said traders and industry sources.
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The Central Bank of Myanmar has pledged to ensure that the normal course of business is not disrupted as banks prepare to operate under the new Financial Institutions Law, an official at the monetary authority said yesterday.
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An investigation by Burma’s Ministry of Health is ongoing into the cause of three newborns’ deaths after they received hepatitis B vaccines last week at Bago General Hospital.
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For the 7th time an Israeli eye doctor’s delegation known as “Eye from Zion” arrived in Myanmar as part of an ongoing collaboration in the area of health between Myanmar and Israel, according to a statement on 16 March.
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People living on some islands in Myeik are facing water shortage and have to buy water brought in on boats.

“We have water in the summer time, and there are no wells in our village. We have water only during the rainy season. We have to pay Ks 500 per barrel of water,” a resident of Pin-aw Village said.
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