Tuesday, May 17th, 2016


Four senior army officers will testify at a township police station in Lashio, northern Shan State, on the rape and murder of two Kachin volunteer teachers allegedly perpetrated by Burma Army soldiers early last year, according to Kachin sources.

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The Myanmar Army helped by Border Guard Force troops (BGF) fought with a Democratic Karen Benevolent Army (DKBA) splinter group for over two hours in Pyar Pin Village, Kawkareik Township, Karen State at 5am on 11 May.

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At least 20 lawmakers from the National League for Democracy in regional legislatures and the Union Parliament have been singled out by constituents for being rude, said Myo Nyunt, an inspector at the ruling NLD’s complaint center, on Tuesday.

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Information Minister Pe Myint at a media seminar in Rangoon presented a plan to transform the state media as a communication platform between the government and the people, and urged private agencies to contribute in an effort for media development in Burma.

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Two jade mining companies in Kachin State’s Hpakant Township have suspended operations after they were hit by arson attacks on Sunday night.

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Protestors from a plywood factory in the Sagaing Industrial Zone who are marching from Sagaing Division to Naypyidaw arrived on Tuesday to Tatkon Township, 40 miles north of the capital.

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Forestry department staff will submit an 8-point demand calling for the control and eradication of corruption.

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A team of representatives appointed by the Burmese embassy in Thailand to assist two Burmese nationals on death row for the murder of two British tourists on the holiday island of Koh Tao said an appeal against the defendants’ guilty verdict has been prepared and is ready to be presented in court on 23 May.

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Obama administration officials on Tuesday said they would lift a broad array of sanctions on Myanmar, removing restrictions on state-owned banks and businesses as they seek to reward a historic move toward democracy in a country dominated for decades by brutal military rule.

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The world’s largest data leak – the Panama Papers – has revealed a secretive network of offshore jurisdictions used by some of the most wealthy to stash assets, subvert sanctions, launder money and evade taxes. An extensive database detailing companies and businesspeople involved in the leak holds 16 names from Myanmar, including CB Bank chair U Khin Maung Aye and former dictator U Ne Win’s son-in-law U Aye Zaw Win.

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The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) will help the Myanmar Police Force (MPF) upgrade its training curriculum, state media reported on 17 May quoting Jeremy Douglas the UNODC’s resident representative to Myanmar.

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In an interview with Mizzima, Ms Verity Lomax, CEO of the Australian-Myanmar Chamber of Commerce, discusses Australian company interest in Myanmar, responsible investment, and women in business.

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