Thursday, May 26th, 2016


Over 200 villagers from three villages in southeaster Shan State’s Hsipaw Township, were trapped in a battle on 19 May after the Burma Army launched an offensive against the Shan State Progressive Party/Shan State Army (SSPP/SSA).

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A former village official in Arakan State’s Maungdaw Township was shot dead by an unknown assailant on Tuesday.

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Armed groups that signed last year’s Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) have criticized the Burmese military’s uncompromising attitude towards smaller non-signatory groups, calling it counterproductive to the country’s ongoing peace effort.

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After a crushing defeat in the November general election, ethnic political parties are seeking to rebuild to ensure a stronger showing in 2020.

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Myanmar’s government plans to return 2,500 acres of confiscated land to farmers in Tant-Se township in the country’s northwestern Sagaing region, more than 35 years after it was taken, an agriculture ministry official said Tuesday.

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Four police officers allegedly assaulted and extorted 100,000 kyats (US$85) from a resident of Kyan Khin village on Phayonka Island, located within Pauktaw Township of Arakan State.

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Mandalay Chief Minister Zaw Myint Maung said he would submit a proposal to appoint an ombudsman to the local courts after seeking approval from the regional parliament and central government. The move highlights just one of the reforms discussed during an event held on Thursday where he met with local political organizations, lawyers and rights activists.

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Myanmar will reduce tax on foreign investors in a bid to woo them to invest in less-developed regions, an official report said Thursday.

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Kyaukpyu residents demanded that Arakan State government ministers help reduce the suffering caused by the Shwe Gas Project pipeline being built by the China National Petroleum Company (CNPC) and Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE).

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The European Union has renewed its sanctions on Myanmar until 30 April 2017. The measures impose an embargo on providing Myanmar with arms and goods that might be used for internal repression.

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For much of the past two decades Maung Aye’s life has revolved around a daily routine that mixes the hope of finding sudden riches with constant danger and back-breaking work.

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Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma’s State Counsellor and leader of the National League for Democracy (NLD), has pledged to hold a national conference later this year that would follow in the footsteps of the historic Panglong conference attended by her father General Aung San and representatives of Burma’s ethnic groups.

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In an exclusive interview, Ambassador of France Mr Olivier Richard sat down with Mizzima Editor-in-Chief Soe Myint to discuss his country’s relationship with Myanmar and his hope for expanding business, trade and cultural ties.

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Veteran actor and scriptwriter Aye Kyu Lay is vice-president of the Myanmar Motion Picture Organisation, a non-profit organisation that supports Burma’s film industry. In this interview with DVB, he discusses piracy, censorship, the decline of cinemas, and other issues affecting an industry that is just beginning to come to terms with Burma’s greater openness in the wake of recent reforms.

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