Tuesday, April 26th, 2016


Yangon’s new chief minister U Phyo Min Thein has vowed to scrub the city of corruption and install a graft-free administration. The appointment of the former Pyithu Hluttaw MP from the National League for Democracy was protested by rivals who accused him of election fraud.
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In one of the many rooms of Myanmar’s massive parliament building in Naypyitaw, the country’s sprawling military-designed capital, Bo Bo Oo is busy reviewing a stack of letters on his desk.
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Ashin Nyar Na has spent nearly 16 years in jail for unorthodox beliefs that have angered the powerful supreme body representing Buddhist monks in Myanmar.  (more…)

Myanmese Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi addressed foreign diplomats and laid out a new vision of Myanmar’s foreign policy in the capital Nay Pyi Taw on Friday. After winning a general election in November by a landslide, the National League for Democracy (NLD) formed the first civilian government since 1962.
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The political temperature is rising again. This time the target is Shwe Mann, a close ally of Aung San Suu Kyi and head of the Commission for the Assessment of Legal Affairs and Special Issues within the Union Parliament.
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Ten Myanmar migrant workers are currently being detained against their will in a human-trafficking centre near Bangkok, according to a rights group. The men were identified as human-trafficking victims by Thai authorities.
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Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwon will raise the Rohingya issue with his Myanmar counterpart in a bilateral meeting in Moscow this month.
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Myanmar Thilawa SEZ Public (MTSH) will not list its shares on the Yangon Stock Exchange until the second week of May at the earliest, according to bourse officials, having initially targeted mid-March.
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Five lawmakers, representing the National League for Democracy (NLD) and the Arakan National Party (ANP), on Monday led an historic delegation to groups of Arakanese, an ethnic minority in western Burma, who were displaced by recent fighting. This marks the first time sitting parliamentarians have visited areas of internally displaced Arakanese.
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Burma’s Upper House Bill Committee on Tuesday began reviewing the Peaceful Assembly Law and the Emergency Provisions Act, both of which have been used in the past to arrest political activists, with the intention of eventually submitting the bills to Parliament for amendment or even abolishment once the legislature reconvenes.
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Democratic icon and National League for Democracy (NLD) leader Aung San Suu Kyi has reached out to some of the oldest ethnic rebel groups in Myanmar. Her goal is clear: she wants to push for a wide-ranging peace accord with all insurgent groups, including those that refused to participate with the previous government.
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A total of 314 villagers have taken refuge in Si Taung Village (also known as Taung Maw Village) in Buthidaung Township, Arakan State after Burma Army artillery shells fell on their villages.
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The Arakan National Party (ANP) urged the Arakan State Government to immediately cooperate with the Union Government to stop the fighting in Arakan State in a statement made on 23 April.
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Residents of four villages in Karen National Union (KNU) controlled territory in Thaton Township, Mon State demanded the Max Myanmar Company fully compensate them for seizing 5,000 acres of land near Shwe Yaung Pya Village.
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Two years ago, Kyar Yin was in the forest near his village collecting bamboo to sell when he stepped on a landmine.
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Witnesses for the prosecution testified today in the ongoing trial of the poet Maung Saungkha, who has been held in Insein Prison since October 2015.
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The past few weeks have seen a resumption of fighting in Kachin State between government forces and troops from the Kachin Independence Army’s (KIA).
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A bomb blast wounded two tourists and a Burmese guide near the northern town of Kyaukme in Shan State at around 2:00 pm today, according to a local police officer.
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A court in Mandalay Division’s Maha Aung Myay Township on Tuesday sentenced Nyi Nyi Lwin, a leader of Burma’s 2007 Saffron Revolution who is better known as U Gambira, to six months in prison with labor on a controversial immigration charge.
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