Friday, April 29th, 2016


Muslims sheltering at the Sin Tet Maw camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Arakan State are asking the state’s chief minister to allow them to use a suitable jetty in the capital Sittwe instead of the more hazardous route currently taken by boats, one of which sank earlier this month, killing more than 20 people.
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Over 100 community leaders from different religions nationwide participated in a three-day forum on “Interfaith Understanding and Peace Advocacy” in Rangoon this week to reduce interreligious tension in Burma.
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A group of Burmese nationalists, including some monks from the ultra-conservative Buddhist association Ma Ba Tha, will be charged with protesting without permission after they picketed outside the US Embassy in Rangoon on Thursday against the American mission’s use of the word “Rohingya.”
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The Burma Army has dispatched reinforcements to the Loi Say-Loi Leng area in northern Shan State’s Tangyan Township, where a Shan State Progress Party/Shan State Army (SSPP/SSA) base is located, according to an SSPP/SSA information officer.
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With a new government in office and the start of a new financial year, international non-government organisations (INGOs) are holding intense discussions over whether their well-paid expat staff should pay income tax in Myanmar.
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Mandalay Region government is to spend billions bringing drinking water to more than 100 villages that they fear could run dry over the next few weeks. U Myo, deputy director of the region’s Urban Development Department, told The Myanmar Times on April 22 that K172.45 billion provided by the Union government would go toward distribution, as well as repairing old wells and de-silting lakes over the next 100 days.
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Over 100 workers from the Myanmar Veneer & Plywood Private Ltd (MVPPL) company on Friday began marching from Sagaing Division to the national capital Naypyidaw in a protest against what they called the company’s unlawful dismissal of fellow employees.
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Police in northern Shan State’s Lashio Township are looking for unknown assailants who ran amok with swords in the town earlier this week, leaving six people hospitalised.
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The government of Irrawaddy Division has been accused of blocking freedom of information after reporters for private media outlets said they were denied access to one of its recent meetings.
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More than half the members of the Union Solidarity and Development Party’s (USDP) central committee have signed a petition calling on the party’s leadership to hold an emergency meeting.
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Hundreds of people gathered outside the U.S. Embassy in Rangoon, Burma, on Thursday with a simple demand: The United States must stop using the word “Rohingya.”
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India’s Tata Motors is hoping to expand its presence in the local market by selling military transport vehicles to Myanmar after securing a similar agreement with the Royal Thai Army, according to a report in Business Insider India.
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Chairman of Myanmar’s Securities Exchange Commission (SECM) for Yangon Stock Exchange (YSX) Dr. Maung Maung Thein submitted a resignation letter to Ministry of Planning and Finance on Thursday, he told Xinhua on Friday.
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More supply and fewer foreign renters have caused rental prices in the high-end expat Yangon property market to fall, according to real estate industry figures – but a lack of data means the extent of the drop is hard to quantify.
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First Myanmar Investment (FMI) has increased its capital contribution to its subsidiary Yoma Bank by almost K9.6 billion, after accepting a loan facility from Bangkok Bank, said a company announcement yesterday.
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Aid organisation Médecins Sans Frontières is demanding that drug companies cut the cost of pneumonia vaccines for poor children worldwide, a move that could greatly affect Myanmar.
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Myanmar has banned lucrative logging operations as the newly-elected government of democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi steps up a battle on deforestation, an environment official said on Thursday.
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Shan State’s upland areas are typically cooler than the arid regions of central and lower Burma, although this year, it, much like the rest of Burma, has suffered from an unusually powerful El Niño weather pattern.
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Many have recently debated whether U.S. president Barack Obama’s foreign policy can appropriately be deemed “realist.” Whether or not it fits the academic definition, the Obama administration’s worldview has evinced an audacious level of pragmatism—a pragmatism perhaps best illustrated by Myanmar. Obama and Myanmar’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, found usefully practical partners in one another and have achieved impressively idealistic ends. Continued reform there, however, will require even more hard-nosed approaches to difficult dilemmas by both the United States and Myanmar.
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Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma’s state counselor and de facto leader of the new National League for Democracy (NLD) government, met with the Joint Ceasefire Monitoring Committee on Wednesday, calling for the convening of a “Panglong-style” peace conference within two months and encouraging all stakeholders to help make the suggestion a reality.
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