Thursday, May 5th, 2016


When Myo Arkar returned to his home in Yangon’s North Dagon Township after working through a long, hot day, he opened a cold bottle of purified of water to quench his thirst, but as he drank he sensed a rusty smell and taste, and then noticed brown particles swirling in the bottle.
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Burma’s Union Election Commission says that it can’t take action against a party led by a politician accused of making defamatory comments about the country’s political and military leaders because it hasn’t received a formal complaint against him.
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Nationalists are trying to strong-arm the government into making a statement about the use of the term “Rohingya”, using the threat of a protest as their leverage.
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Thousands of people protested against ongoing fighting in Arakan State in towns across the state on 1 May.
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Unresolved religious tensions in Karen State could affect national peace, stability and reconciliation, according to Religious Affairs and Culture Minister Aung Ko, who was referring to one monk’s recent spree of pagoda-building on other faiths’ lands.
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The repatriation of some 120,000 refugees along the Thai-Burma border was discussed during a meeting of stakeholders last week, but an official from the United Nations’ refugee agency insists there remains no firm timetable on a large-scale return of the displaced despite talks on the matter between Burma’s new government and its Thai counterpart.
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Budget decisions made by the previous parliament, which was dominated by the now-opposition Union Solidarity and Development Party, could still hamper the new government’s efforts to conduct its policies.
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Parliament today is to hear a presidential proposal to establish a new ministry reported to be tailored for Daw Aung San Suu Kyi as she takes a further step to consolidate her powers in government.
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Fighting in Arakan State was the focus of heated discussions in Parliament on Wednesday, but a legislative path to resolution of the conflict appears unlikely.
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Supervision of jade mining in Hpakant is to be stepped up with regular engineering and pollution checks following a visit to the controversial and deadly wasteland by U Ohn Win, Union minister for natural resources and environment.
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A new government-led supervisory committee has released around 14,000 cars that had been held at Myanmar’s borders after an informal ban on vehicle imports was imposed last December.
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More than a month into the new National League for Democracy (NLD) government’s tenure, key pieces of economic policy remain in limbo, leaving both foreign investors and human rights activists uncertain about the future.
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Landslides and flooding caused by heavy rains have destroyed hundreds of houses in northern Kachin State’s Chipwi Township, according to sources in the region, with rescue personnel struggling to reach the affected population.
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Around 100 ethnic people, including Arakan nationalists, staged a protest in front of the United Nations (UN) headquarters on 30 April calling for a halt to fighting in Arakan State.
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The United States’ leading development agency plans to expand its mission in Burma, USAID chief Gayle Smith told reporters in Rangoon on Tuesday, emphasizing the “enormous potential” of sustainable agriculture as a driver of economic growth.
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The labour ministers of Burma and Thailand have agreed to proceed with a labour cooperation plan to import migrant workers through a government-to-government agreement, says a senior Thai ministry official.
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Nationalists are trying to strong-arm the government into making a statement about the use of the term “Rohingya”, using the threat of a protest as their leverage.
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