Thursday, March 31st, 2016


A court in Rangoon’s Dagon Township on Thursday sentenced Myat Nu Khaing, an independent candidate in November’s general election, to one year in prison with hard labor.
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A local court in Arakan State has handed out jail sentences to 12 Arakanese men charged under the Unlawful Association Act on Wednesday.
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Newly unemployed ex-president Thein Sein is set to make his next move – to the monastery.

Thein Sein will be ordained as a monk on 1 April, now that the formal transfer of power to new head of state Htin Kyaw was completed on Wednesday, according to Pyi Myanmar, a Rangoon-based weekly news journal.
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A crowd of what protest organizers claim was bigger than 1,000 people marched in Arakan State’s capital Sittwe last week to demand that a representative of the Arakan National Party (ANP) become the state’s Chief Minister. “We are protesting for the ANP’s right to appoint the Chief Minister,” said Ko Kyaw Win, one of the protest leaders.
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The leaders of eight ethnic armed groups who signed the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) with Burma’s central government last November, held a summit in the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai last week from March 24 to 26.
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The governing party of Myanmar’s democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi took a step to formalize her role as the country’s leader on Thursday, circumventing a stricture in the Constitution that prevents her from being president.
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Despite the euphoria of yesterday’s historic handover, the reality is that President U HTin KYaw’s administration takes office at a time when the country is facing a range of economic, political, and social challenges. The Myanmar Times has surveyed 10 of the most significant hurdles the new government will face as it seeks to achieve its policy pledges and meet the high expectations of the voters who put it in power.
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Burma’s first lady, Su Su Lwin,has been replaced as chair of the Lower House’s International Relations committee, the parliamentary chamber’s Speaker Win Myint announced on Thursday.
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The European Union’s Election observation mission unveiled its final report on last November’s national election today in Rangoon. While describing the vote as “by and large a success”, the observation body, which arrived in September of 2015, highlighted several structural problems that damaged the credibility of the vote.
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First Myanmar Investment’s shareholders got a taste of stock market volatility yesterday as their shares lost and then regained 24 percent of their value in just a few hours.
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The Union of Myanmar Economic Holdings Limited (UMEHL) announced on Thursday that, after being linked to the military for more than two decades, the conglomerate has transitioned into a public company.
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Chit Lin Myaing Company will scrap its plans to develop a 5,000-tonne cement factory in Mi Kayin village with the Chinese Yunnan provincial government, announced its owner, Colonel Saw Chit Thu of the border guard force.
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“One of my friends is five weeks pregnant. She is uneducated and poor. Her boyfriend ran away when she told him that she was pregnant. She’s crying and helpless. She’s thinking about abortion with an unlicensed nurse. It’s too dangerous for her… It’s been five weeks.”
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Thant Zin experienced heart palpitations and severe chest pain for about an hour while alone in a hotel room, traveling for work; he had trouble breathing and felt like he was about to die. His first thought was that he was having a heart attack, before later realizing that it was, in fact, an anxiety attack.
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International and Burmese environmental organizations this week said Burma’s forest reserves are largely exhausted, calling for a moratorium on commercial logging and the dismantling or privatization of the state-owned Myanmar Timber Enterprise (MTE).
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“It’s now official and it’s party time!” many Burmese said to each other. Millions were glued to live television footage of the long awaited official political handover which took place at the presidential palace on Wednesday.
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The NLD’s recent attitude towards the media flies in the face of the party’s claim it will usher in a new era of government transparency.
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Paraphrasing the Roman historian Tacitus, US President John F Kennedy said in 1961 that “victory has a thousand fathers but defeat is an orphan”. This aphorism springs to mind as Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the National League for Democracy prepare to assume power as the first popularly elected government in Myanmar for more than 50 years.
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As one of the co-founders of the National League for Democracy (NLD), Tin Oo is a veteran of Burma’s long struggle to end nearly half a century of military rule. A former military man himself, he was the armed forces commander-in-chief until he was purged in 1976 and imprisoned for allegedly withholding information about a coup plot against dictator Ne Win.
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