Thursday, May 19th, 2016


Burmese government troops fighting ethnic armed groups in northern Shan State have been accused of abducting and torturing local villagers suspected of being rebel fighters.

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Burma Army airstrikes were reported in Kachin and Shan states on Wednesday, forcing villagers to flee their homes as the government forces’ fighting with the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and the Shan State Army-North (SSA-N) heats up.

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A unit of the Burma Army that has been involved in a series of clashes with the Shan State Progressive Party/Shan State Army (SSPP/SSA), stands accused of arbitrarily arresting civilians in northern Shan State’s Hsipaw Township on the morning of Wednesday May 18th, according to reports from the area.

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Representatives from the two largest ethnic political parties in the Union Parliament—the Shan Nationalities League for Democracy (SNLD) and the Arakan National Party (ANP)—held an impromptu meeting during lunch in Naypyidaw on Wednesday, agreeing to form a united front when submitting proposals on ethnic affairs or amending important laws.

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Suspected tribal militants ambushed a BSF patrol party at Heirok in Manipur’s Thoubal district along the India-Myanmar border on Thursday.
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Police charged 51 labor rights protestors on Thursday under four separate charges, including Article 505(b) of the Burmese Penal Code, which can carry a two-year sentence for disturbing the public order.

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A sudden resignation rocks the Yangon Stock Exchange, where investors who play stocks like gamblers are contributing to big price fluctuations.

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Standing among the party seeing off Burma‘s new president as he left for Russia on Wednesday was leading businessman Htun Myint Naing, better known as Steven Law.

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The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation has announced it will boost wood-based industries and tackle illegal wood logging in 100 days.

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A court in Pyin Oo Lwin District on Thursday dropped the remaining charges against U Eindaka, the abbot of the Yay Pu Monastery in Mandalay Division’s Mogok Township, after the lawsuit against him was withdrawn.

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Looking to boost bilateral ties , India has offered to assist Myanmar in the area of public healthcare and to provide it with necessary support in boosting the country’s agricultural production.

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On the last day of his 3-day introductory visit to Myanmar on Thursday (May 19), Singapore’s Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan met Myanmar’s former President, Thein Sein in the capital Nay Pyi Taw before leaving for Yangon.

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Singapore Foreign Minister Dr Vivian Balakrishnan visited Nay Pyi Taw on May 18 to promote diplomatic ties with Myanmar and meet Foreign Affairs Minister Aung San Suu Kyi.

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With the aim to address the challenges and opportunities faced by adolescent groups and encourage their engagement in the current development process of Myanmar, ActionAid Myanmar – in cooperation with UNICEF and various civil society organizations under the lead of Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, are holding a National Adolescents’ Conference in Nay Pyi Taw from 18 -19 May.

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If the new government is to succeed in addressing runaway electricity demand, it needs to draw lessons from the failures of the last administration.

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One of the many buzzwords hovering around Burma’s transition to democracy is “access to information.” Indeed, the call for crafting legislation on the right to information could not have come at a better time.

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