Monday, March 21st, 2016


Around 25,000 members of the Rohingya Muslim minority group have left camps for displaced people in western Myanmar and returned to the communities they fled during sectarian violence in 2012, the United Nations said on Monday.
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Two Burma Army Deserters were found guilty of raping two girls aged eight and five and sentenced to prison in two separate cases at Sittwe District Court, Arakan State on 5 March
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Ethnic Ta’ang activists have accused the military of detaining more than 100 villagers in northern Shan State this month on suspicion of supporting the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA).
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Leaders of the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC), an ethnic armed group alliance, began a six-day federal constitution drafting workshop on Monday in the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai.
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The Rangoon police force are stepping up security ahead of celebrations for the Buddhist New Year water festival next month.
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Myanmar democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi will control the incoming government of her National League for Democracy (NLD) through her position as party leader, a senior official said, indicating she was unlikely to take a formal post in the administration.
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Burma’s President-elect Htin Kyaw told parliament on Monday that a proposal he put forward last week to reorganise the country’s administrative structure would save money for use in underfunded sectors.
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Myanmar’s new president-elect told lawmakers Monday that plans to create a new ethnic affairs ministry were “vital” for the conflict-torn nation, in his maiden address since being elected the first civilian leader in decades.
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Rumours that the Myitsone dam project is to resume are just one-sided and the new government will not resume it if people are not in favour, according to National League for Democracy spokesperson Dr Zaw Myint Maung.
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The National League for Democracy, which has shed little light so far on its broadcast media policy, has said existing television companies will have to reapply to keep their broadcasting licences while all companies in the private sector will be given an equal chance to compete.
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Myanmar’s border trade picked by over 500 million U.S. dollars in fiscal year 2015-2016 as compared with previous year, according to the Ministry of Commerce on Monday.
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In May 1989, as the military junta continued its brutal crackdown on those linked to the ’88 democratic uprising, Chit San, a former soldier, was arrested by Myanmar’s notorious Special Branch police. For the next five months he was held at a military barracks where he faced interrogations and torture.
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Drought conditions linked to an El Niño climate pattern that the Meteorology Department says will be the strongest in five centuries are already bringing misery to residents of Myanmar’s central dry zone.
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To cope with the liberalisation of the labour market in Asean, the Thai and Myanmar governments are looking for long-term policies on migrant workers.
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The European Union says it will stop funding the Myanmar Peace Center (MPC) from the end of this month and has sought assurances that assets procured with EU money will not disappear.
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During the Thein Sein presidency from the 2011-12 financial year to 2015-2016, Myanmar received more than US$3.8 billion in foreign aid and assistance for 1,270 projects, according to an announcement from the Ministry of National Planning and Economic Development.
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The Australian government has been accused of wanting to downgrade United Nations monitoring of human rights in Myanmar, the Sydney Morning Herald reported on March 20.
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The following is a presentation given by Mizzima’s Editor-in-Chief Soe Myint at the IPI World Congress 2016 which is running from March 19 to 21 in Doha under the title: Safety and Professionalism.
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How prepared will the NLD-dominated hluttaws, the NLD party and the NLD government be on April 1 to face the challenges ahead? Will they be able to bring peace and prosperity to the country in cooperation with the Tatmadaw?
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Myanmar’s parliament on Tuesday elected U Htin Kyaw of the National League for Democracy (NLD) as president. Ex-general U Myint Swe, the military’s candidate, and U Henry Van Thio, an NLD upper house MP and an ethnic Chin Christian, were elected first vice president and second vice president respectively.
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