Tuesday, June 7th, 2016


Political activist Ko Yar Pyae, who was arrested on accusations of defaming Commander-in-Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing on Facebook, boycotted his trial and refused to appear before the court on June 6 after a police major came to collect him late.

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Two armed ethnic groups from Myanmar’s Shan state that did not sign a nationwide peace agreement with the Myanmar government last year agreed on Monday to meet a government committee working on an upcoming peace conference, an official involved in the process said.

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Back in 2011, the United States Campaign for Burma (USCB), a lobby group from America, asked the U.S. government to impose sanctions against 42 people who allegedly supported the military junta regime in Myanmar. They argued that generals, their families and cronies reap massive profits from a bevy of industries and save them in offshore accounts.

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The Mon National Party elected Nai Tin Aung, (also known as Nai Ta La Non) as its vice chairman (1) in a secret ballot held at an MNP central committee meeting in Mawlamyine on 31 May.

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And still they come: Yangon Region authorities are fighting a running battle against the constant proliferation of illegal shanties, which have continued to spring up overnight despite a city ordinance that any new unofficial residents will be arrested.

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During a power blackout on a hot night in May, Thidar Han heard a baby crying at around 9 pm in back lane of Yangon’s Mingalar Taung Nyunt Township, where she works as a ward administrator.

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Aspiring filmmakers, it’s time to get working on your screenplays. A call for feature-length film scripts will open in July to help emerging directors fund and workshop innovative movie ideas to foster Burma’s cinematic renaissance.

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Satyendra Garg, Joint Secretary of India’s Home Ministry in charge of the Northeast, said Delhi was alarmed by the recent ambush of Assam Rifles soldiers.

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Myanmar’s largest operator MPT has launched Free Basics and Facebook Flex to give subscribers free access to basic information and resources on the the internet.

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A subsidiary of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group will open a representative office in Myanmar as early as July in a first for a foreign leasing business, possibly paving the way for broader use of equipment and cars from Japanese manufacturers.

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DHL Express, the world’s leading international express services provider, has launched the largest express facility in Myanmar, set to support the nation’s fast-growing economy which is forecast to rise by 8.5% in 2016, the company said in a statement.

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Legal action will be taken against three companies after they were found to be mining gold excessively and illegally in the Zin forest Reserve in Kantbalu Township, Shwebo District, according to lawmakers and local people.

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Myanmar’s Union Parliament has approved Agreement on Privileges and Immunities of the Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN), parliament sources said Tuesday.

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The Chinese-backed mega-project has come up for reconsideration by the new government and is a pivotal test of relations between the two countries.

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The two countries signed a memorandum of understanding to cooperate in nuclear technology for peaceful purposes in June 2015.

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The plight of the Rohingya people in Myanmar has attracted the world’s attention for years. In May 2015, the Rohingya refugee crisis grabbed international headlines when tens of thousands of Rohingya fled from Myanmar’s state-sponsored persecution in overcrowded boats heading toward Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.

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On Saturday, some 40 residents of the Kachin State capital Myitkyina staged a brief protest in front of the Palm Spring Resort. They were demanding a permanent halt to the Chinese-funded Myitsone dam and hydropower project in Kachin State.

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