Friday, March 25th, 2016


The United Wa State Army (UWSA) has invited ethnic armed groups in ongoing conflict with the Burmese government in northern Shan State to a meeting on Saturday at its Panghsang headquarters in the Wa Special Region, the powerful group’s latest engagement in a peace process that it has approached with ambivalence.
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The construction of flyovers has not been an effective solution to ever-worsening traffic woes in Rangoon, said lawmakers at the first regular session of the Rangoon Division parliament on Thursday.
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Myanmar’s LGBTI community has called on the present government to make a revision to the law to protect their rights.
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A group of children suspected of theft was arrested in Kale, Sagaing Division, on Wednesday after police found them in possession of stolen goods.
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Rangoon Division’s incoming chief minister will be announced at the regional legislature on Monday, along with all other states and regions during their respective sessions on the same day, according to divisional lawmakers.
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National League for Democracy (NLD) chairperson Aung San Suu Kyi urged Arakan National Party (ANP) lawmakers to collaborate with her NLD-led cabinet in Arakan State on Thursday, while also reportedly taking the opportunity to hold a discussion on the economic sector and relations with the region’s Rohingya minority.
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An 11th hour decision by the outgoing Burmese government to grant citizenship to tens of thousands of ethnic Chinese living in northern Shan State’s Tarmoenye sub-township has raised eyebrows, with some questioning whether the move was politically motivated.
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In one of the last acts of his government, President U Thein Sein has dissolved the Myanmar Peace Center and ordered its assets to be transferred to two NGOs reported to have been set up by senior officials in his administration.
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Burma’s president-elect Htin Kyaw submitted the names of five nominees to head the country’s Union Election Commission (UEC) to parliament on Friday.
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Myanmar launched its first stock exchange with just one listed company Friday, with hopes the move could aid the country’s economic rise as it emerges from decades of isolationist military rule.
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A five percent tax on cell phone users, previously postponed after being met with intense backlash from the public, is set to go into effect on April 1.
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The Union Health Minister Dr Than Aung speaking during World TB Elimination Day in Naypyitaw on March 24 said that Myanmar would implement a TB elimination programme over the next 5-years.
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A massive influx in imported vehicles in recent years has contributed to deteriorating air quality in Yangon but information about pollution levels is yet to be released.
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Residents of Kahnyaw Village in Chaungzon Township face difficulties accessing clean water because a construction company building an approach road for a new Salween River bridge to Mawlamyine dumped waste into a pond.
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South Korean-owned garment manufacturers in Myanmar are widely flouting labor law, with almost 30 percent of factories failing to observe overtime rules, a new report says.
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On March 10, 2015 hundreds of student protestors were at a standstill near the city of Letpadan in Myanmar.

They had reached the eighth day of a standoff between largely peaceful activists marching for academic freedom, and the police forces who were blocking their path when, suddenly, things came to a head. Police began beating students violently, including those who had fallen to the ground. Some tried to flee, and hundreds were arrested.
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Plenty of Burmese Buddhists are extremely prejudiced against Muslims. But is Aung San Suu Kyi?
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The first witness in the largest human-trafficking trial in Thai history was called to testify last week in a court in Bangkok. The witness, a Rohingya Muslim from Myanmar, told of being beaten and starved by gun-toting captors on the boat that ferried him and more than 200 others to a trafficking camp in Thailand.
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The announcement this week of the names of the ministers who will lead Myanmar through this key time of transition has been revealing and hugely disappointing. Women have been virtually excluded from the top posts.
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To ensure the success of Myanmar’s historic democratic transition, the United States should revise its outdated and counterproductive sanctions policy, writes Priscilla A. Clapp in a new report from the Council on Foreign Relations’ Center for Preventive Action.
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