Monday, April 25th, 2016


April 6, 2016: a neologism enters the already-overcrowded field of political vocabulary as a military member of parliament, Brigadier General Maung Maung, accuses the majority National League for Democracy of “democratic bullying”.
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Burma’s new government has declared that finding a solution to the country’s decades-long civil war is one of its top priorities. That is clearly in line with the policies of the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD), which stated when the party was formed in September 1988, “[t]he forty-year history of [ethnic] relations has been a chapter of misfortune verging on the tragic … the development of the country has suffered greatly since 40 percent of the national budget has to be devoted to defence requirements … for these reasons we must seek a lasting solution to the problems of the ethnic minorities … it is the aim of the League to secure the highest degree of autonomy consonant with the inherent rights of the minorities and the well-being of the Union as a whole.”
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The historic handover of power to the National League for Democracy government headed by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was accomplished smoothly last week.
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The Asian Development Bank and the Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction are collaborating on a three- year project to rebuild cyclone-damaged infrastructure in Chin State, and leave townships better prepared for the next disaster.
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Myanmar Industrial Port (MIP) is borrowing US$200 million from the International Finance Corporation to help it increase its handling capacity as rising trade puts pressure on the country’s ports.
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Myanmar traders are allowed to export catfish and other siluriformes to the United States for an 18-month period, as the Food and Drug Administration transfers regulatory control of the industry to the Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.
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The head of Thailand’s Immigration Bureau will propose that the government upgrade the Three Pagodas Pass in Kanchanaburi province from a temporary border crossing to a permanent one to facilitate rapidly growing tourism and trade with Burma.
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“I’m not the right person to speak about it.”

That’s invariably the answer you’ll get from a National League for Democracy lawmaker if you ask them about party policy. You’ll then be advised to direct your question to senior party officials.
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Three days after he was sacked along with others from the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), former chairman Shwe Mann has requested that party members review whether the dismissal was in accordance with the law.
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Despite changes to its military structure the Democratic Karen Benevolent Army (DKBA) will continue to participate in the political process of the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA).
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Police recorded only six incidents, resulting in one death and six injuries, in all of Mon State over the Thingyan water festival, according to Mon State Police Office.
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Myanmar’s peace process appears to be on auto-pilot. As fighters on both sides of decades-long civil war wait for the new government to announce its policy initiatives, the machinery and personnel of official institutions that no longer exist are continuing to arrange negotiations with ethnic armed groups, although to what end is not clear.
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A Buddhist monk and spiritual leader of an ethnic armed group stoked religious tensions last week when he and his followers built a pagoda on the property of an Anglican Church in Hlaingbwe Township, at Kondawgyi village in Karen State.
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