Thursday, June 9th, 2016


Seven ethnic Shan men went missing on Sunday en route from Namkham Township to Lashio, the administrative capital of northern Shan State, according to a local police officer and a member of a Shan political party.

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After heavy rains fell Wednesday night, severe flooding struck at least four sections of downtown Kawlin, Sagaing Division.

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Several of Burma’s civil society organizations (CSOs) and ethnic community leaders have called for the government to develop a national land restitution policy for communities displaced by conflict.

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Rakhine State immigration officials have launched a pilot project to verify the citizenship of residents in three Muslim-majority townships.

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Van Biak had only been away from her family in Leilet, Chin State, for two weeks, but her mother was in tears as they embraced on the veranda.

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Ethnic leaders in Shan and Kachin states announced their support on Wednesday for the Myanmar government’s upcoming Panglong Conference, State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi’s ambitious plan to end multiple armed conflicts and bring peace to the Southeast Asian nation.

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Some 50 Muslim lawyers from across Burma have banded together to form the Myanmar National Muslim Lawyers Association, which they say will help promote equality, freedom and fairness.

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In a large, plain government office on the outskirts of Yangon, the official settles into his chair. He slowly undoes the buttons on his daik pone, worn for an urgent meeting earlier that morning with the new regional chief minister, U Phyo Min Thein.

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Five years after the collapse of a ceasefire agreement in northern Burma’s Kachin State plunged the region into renewed conflict, rights groups are calling on the country’s new government to address the impact of fighting on the local civilian population.

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The Kachin National Organisation has urged Pakistan to stop selling fighter jets to the military, which it said could use the aircraft in fighting against ethnic armed groups.

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A new investigation commission will be formed to look into the Myanmar Gems Traders Association’s financial scandal, involving allegations of more than US$100 million that went missing from their bank account, according to the organization’s chairman.

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The Myanmar Agribusiness Public Corporation (MAPCO) is expected to join the Yangon Stock Exchange (YSX) in August, the firm’s vice chairman told The Irrawaddy.

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The Myanmar and US private sectors repeated their calls for |the complete lifting of all the sanctions against Myanmar as well as the reinstatement of the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP), saying only those moves would help Myanmar reach its full economic potential.

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The Washington-based conservation group World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has applauded reports this week that Burma’s government intends to shut down a market notorious for selling illegal animal parts in Shan State’s semiautonomous Mong La region.

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Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong launched the Singapore-Myanmar Vocational Training Institute (SMVTI) here on Thursday (June 9) morning.

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If asked to draw up a list of today’s democracy icons, seldom would the name Aung San Suu Kyi be excluded. Burma’s long-suffering symbol of democratic hope has won more peace prizes than most can remember, was imprisoned under house arrest in Burma for almost 15 years, bears the personal scars of her country’s oppression at the hands of military criminals, and has served as general secretary of the National League for Democracy (NLD) since the pro-democracy political party was formed in 1988.

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