Wednesday, May 25th, 2016


The Rangoon divisional government plans to relocate squatters and provide them with temporary housing, said Rangoon Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein on Wednesday at a press conference.

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Two civilians have claimed they were beaten by Burma Army troops under the suspicion of being Kachin Independence Army (KIA) soldiers in Waingmaw Township, Kachin State.

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Than Than Htay, a 50-year-old former political prisoner, feels insecure whenever one of her family members yells at her cat, a companion she brought with her upon her release from prison five years ago.

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Burma’s government army has detained three men it accuses of being Kachin Independence Army (KIA) operatives linked to a series of bombings in Kachin State’s jade-mining town of Hpakant earlier this month, according to the military mouthpiece Myawady News.

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A mining company in Tenasserim Division is filing a defamation case against the author of an essay about a fish lamenting the destruction of a local creek.

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Most labour disputes concern allegations of unfair dismissal, the Department of Labour Relations has disclosed. Of the 84 cases heard by the Arbitration Council so far this year, 65 were about claims that workers had been unjustly fired, officials said.

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Tanintharyi Region, the southern tip of Myanmar, abounds with natural resources and the problems associated with them.

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Leaders of the New Mon State Party (NMSP) met with the chief minister and officials of the Mon State Government on Thursday, May 19, at state government office in Moulmein, the capital of Mon State.

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Family members sent a pardon petition to President Htin Kyaw on May 7 for two leaders of the Mongkoe Defence Army (MDA), based in Shan State Special Region (1), who are serving life sentences.

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Chairman of Burma’s previous ruling party, Thein Sein, urged the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) to reform in order to win the election in 2020—a clear statement that the USDP is trying to make a comeback after a humiliating election defeat at the hands of Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) last year.

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Burma’s government intends to form a donor coordination body to scrutinize the country’s foreign aid so that it flows to where it is needed most.

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As a discussion in parliament continued yesterday over proposed amendments to the law requiring citizens to report overnight guests, military and elected MPs found themselves on opposite sides.

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Loans made available to farmers are not high enough to sustain the industry, parliamentarians said during a hluttaw session on May 23.

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Ask Daw Nayee Ziram how she feels about her 28 years as the only midwife serving six isolated villages in Kachin State’s remote Putao valley and the response will be a two-hour rant.

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Every year at this time, the ponds and wells go dry. People walk for hours to fill their plastic buckets at a lotus-filled pond that is the only clean source of drinking water in this community outside Myanmar’s biggest city, Yangon.

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China and Myanmar have vowed here to push forward military relations and cooperation in areas such as training and defense industry.

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Burma’s armed forces commander-in-chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing kicks off a three-day visit to Thailand today, where he will meet Privy Council president Gen Prem Tinsulanonda, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and military top brass.

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The varying approaches of State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi and commander-in-chief Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing towards the peace process do not inspire confidence in its speedy resolution. But equally worrisome is the growing doubt over Suu Kyi’s mooted “21st Century Panglong Conference” displayed by key ethnic armed groups that have come under considerable attack from the Burma Army in the last six months.

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