Thursday, April 7th, 2016


Immediately following her appointment as State Counselor, Aung San Suu Kyi announced plans to secure the release of political prisoners and detained activists “as soon as possible.”
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Burma’s long-established ethnic Karen armed organization, the Karen National Union (KNU), has been preparing land and shelter for the possible return of civilians displaced internally and on the Thai-Burma border after more than six decades of civil war with government forces.
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Rangoon’s divisional parliament cancelled the former government’s plans to build two new flyovers in the commercial capital during the 2016-2017 fiscal year.
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Members of the European Burma Network (EBN) have called upon the new NLD government to act swiftly to start to address the Rohingya crisis in the country in a statement released on 6 April.
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Senior journalists in Burma are calling on new Information Minister Pe Myint to bring further media reforms under the current National League for Democracy (NLD)-led government.
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Manpang People’s Militia coerced leaders and residents of several villages to attend a meeting about coal excavations in Lashio district in northern Shan State. The militia led by Lit. Mon summoned the residents of Kwan Koot, Ho Nar, and Loi Nguen villages to Kwan Koot Monastery to discuss the militia’s involvement in excavating coal in Tanyang District.
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Three Kachin political parties have agreed to merge. The Kachin State Democracy Party (KSDP), the Kachin National Congress for Democracy (KNCD), and the Kachin Democratic Party (KDP) prepared for the merger during a recent meeting in state capital Myitkyina.
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Myanmar’s president Wednesday signed a bill giving Aung San Suu Kyi a new role of state adviser, shoring up her influence across all branches of government despite vehement opposition from the still-powerful military.
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Myanmar’s high-profile new foreign minister, Aung San Suu Kyi, met her Canadian counterpart on Thursday, as dignitaries visit the country to meet the Nobel laureate.
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Former President Thein Sein’s spokesperson Zaw Htay, better known by his Facebook account Hmuu Zaw, will serve another term in the President’s Office but in the higher position of deputy director general, he said at a press conference in Naypyidaw on Wednesday.
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In its first, tenuous start toward a policy on migrant workers, the National League for Democracy is drawing up a bill to address the millions of citizens outside the country.
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Since Burma’s democratic handover of power on April 1, the country has seen a resurgence in the value of the kyat, observers say.
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About a half-dozen additional companies could potentially list on the Yangon Stock Exchange by year’s end, Maung Maung Thein, chairman of the Myanmar Securities Exchange Commission, told The Irrawaddy on Wednesday, bolstering the economic heft of a bourse that last month began trading with just one firm’s shares available.
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An organisational revamp at the Central Bank of Myanmar has more than halved the number of departments, and should make the bank more efficient, officials said.
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A supervisory committee for motor vehicle imports will be abolished and restructured under the new government according to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Commerce.
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The New Mon State Party (NMSP) objected to the use of coal power for a cement factory in Mon State. Nai Win Hla, NMSP central executive committee member and officer-in-charge of Home Affairs, said the party has no problem with the building of the cement factory, but it’s against the use of coal power which will cause damage to the environment. He cautioned against big investments in Mon State until all conflicts between the government and ethnic armed groups are resolved.
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Laos is not a major player in regional affairs. It tends to be viewed as a rather strange backward country where little happens and no one cares very much if it does.
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Jailed student activists standing trial for taking part in education reform protests have slammed the head of Burma’s permanent mission to the United Nations for describing them as mere criminals.
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There was a time in Myanmar when books translated from English were widely available, but their popularity has declined as a consequence of censorship under military rule.
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Aiming to reduce the number of traffic accidents and fatalities in Burma, APB Alliance Brewery Company Ltd. (APB ABC) and others are teaming up to launch a national road safety campaign.
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