Monday, June 6th, 2016


A Burma Army battalion and Arakan Army (AA) soldiers fought for around half an hour on Sunday afternoon near Rathedaung Township’s Kharu Chaung and Rakaung Chaung villages in Arakan State, but no casualties from either side were reported.

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The United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) plans to hold another summit to find common ground among all ethnic armed groups in the run-up to the 21st Century Panglong Conference to be hosted by the government.

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The Arakan State government has said that it will begin counting the Muslim populations still residing in displaced persons’ camps in Kyaukphyu, Ponnagyun and Myebon townships—so as to facilitate planning and development, the state government claims.

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A Mandalay-based journalist working for the BBC’s Burmese language news service was sentenced on police assault charges to three months’ imprisonment with hard labor by Mandalay’s Chanmyathazi Township court on Monday.

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Buddhist extremist group Ma Ba Tha issued a statement Sunday in support of nationalist provocateur Nay Myo Wai, who is under arrest and facing trial for allegedly defaming Burma’s president, state counselor and army commander-in-chief on social media.

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Over a thousand hardline Buddhists gathered at a monastery in Yangon’s Insein Township for the annual summit of their ultra-nationalist group on Saturday, as the anti-Muslim network looks to stay relevant under Myanmar’s new civilian leadership.

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Around 50 residents in Myitkyina Township, Kachin State, staged a protest against Chinese Ambassador Hong Liang over attempts to negotiate the controversial Myitsone dam project, state media reported on 5 June.

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Internal elections will soon be held to replace hundreds of National League for Democracy members elected to serve in parliaments across the country, party spokesman U Nyan Win told the media on Sunday.

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Women’s rights activists urged legislators to enact a gender quota system to increase women’s representation in political leadership at a panel discussion in Naypyidaw on Saturday.

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Myanmar is planning to open seven new border trade camps under the second short-term five-year National Comprehensive Development Plan which spans from 2016-2017 to 2020-2021.

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WaveMoney, a joint venture between mobile phone service provider Telenor and Yoma Bank, has been field-testing the Myanmar market’s readiness for mobile banking for more than six months.

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Around 100 workers of the Lawun Htet Tha garment factory in Rangoon’s Hlaing Tharyar Industrial Zone have gone on strike in protest against late salary payments.

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As Burma’s President Htin Kyaw called for an end to poaching and the illegal trade in endangered species, conservationists say the country is fast becoming a major trafficking route for wildlife products entering the Chinese market.

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Authorities have told Frontier they are planning to close down the infamous Mong La marketplace, a regional hub for the illegal wildlife trade, after President U Htin Kyaw said he would not accept unlawful wildlife trafficking in Myanmar.

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Putting to rest reports of a surgical strike in Myanmar against rebels from the North East after an ambush killing six Assam Rifles personnel in Manipur last month, the Army on Monday said sometimes factional fights among insurgent groups were attributed to security forces.

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Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will be in Myanmar for a three-day official visit, starting Tuesday (June 7).

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Japanese Defense Minister Gen Nakatani met with the head of Myanmar’s military in Naypyitaw on Monday, with the two sides discussing bilateral ties and the role of Myanmar’s armed forces in the development of the country.

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Van Biak had only been away from her family in Leilet in northwest Burma for two weeks, but her mother was in tears as they embraced on the veranda. Biak and her older sister Van Hnem left to find work as maids in Singapore with few job opportunities in their remote village in Chin State, the poorest region of Burma where 73 percent of the population lives below the poverty line. (more…)

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has taken a leading role in trying to build internal peace, a task she pledged in January would be the “first priority” of her incoming National League for Democracy government.

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When the National League for Democracy took control of Myanmar’s national parliament after its electoral triumph last November, a fundamental rebalancing of Myanmar’s legislative landscape was expected. Most observers thought that the military representatives, who hold an allocation of 25% of all parliamentary seats, would serve as the main opposition to the NLD, which controls about 58% of the Union parliament, as the bicameral legislature is known.

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