Friday, June 10th, 2016


Leaders of ethnic armed organizations that signed 2015’s so-called nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) and a government delegation that included Burma Army officials held a meeting in Rangoon to further discuss the peace dialogue process.

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All Aike Yoon wants is to go home. But he can’t. The 40-year-old is currently living in Thagara Monastery, which serves as a makeshift internally displaced persons (IDP) camp in Waingmaw Township, Kachin State. He has six children and hails from the village of Sam Paing, 40 miles from the Kachin State capital, Myitkyina. Sam Paing once was home to some 40 households, and every villager owned both buffalos and farmlands. But in 2011, when war broke out between the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and the Burma Army, Sam Paing and four other nearby villages were caught in the crossfire and burned.

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International aid agencies, big and small, are beating a path to Myanmar, relishing the prospect of launching projects in a nation of 51 million people tentatively emerging from more than five decades of military rule.

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Residents in northern Shan State’s Muse Township have complained that they did not receive compensation for damage their homes and shops have incurred as a result of the expansion of the Mandalay to Muse highway.

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The New Mon State Party (NMSP) is planning to hold a conference for all Mon nationals with both Mon political parties and Mon civil society organizations represented.

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Almost 1,000 members of the Arakan National Party (ANP) have threatened to quit the party over the dismissal of three senior members in Kyauktaw.

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Nearly 170 people were left homeless when a whirlwind wreaked havoc in their village in Arakan State’s Minbya Township on Thursday.

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Another civil society group has joined the mounting campaign against dams planned along the Thanlwin River, also known as the Salween, ahead of an upcoming energy meeting between Thailand and Myanmar.

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Today – day 73 of the government’s 100-day initiative – members of parliament are taking a break. In session since February 1, Pyithu Hluttaw will “pause”, said U Hla Moe, secretary of the body’s Hluttaw Rights Committee.

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Amending the Constitution will not be possible unless national reconciliation and peace are achieved despite the efforts of the National League for Democracy (NLD), said Win Myint, speaker of the Lower House, on Friday.

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The President’s Office opened an online poll on Wednesday night to collect the public’s thoughts on reducing betel nut chewing and spitting in government offices and public places.

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The recent meeting between U Htin Kyaw and Mr Vladimir Putin was the first between the heads of state of Myanmar and Russia, though there have long been high-level contacts between the armed forces of the two countries.

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Myanmar will not reopen the long-closed Phaya Thonzu border crossing with Thailand before the controversial boundary is formally demarcated, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported.

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Myanmar’s new government has been grappling with its first economic management crisis, as a weeks-long traffic jam of cargo ships at the country’s biggest port threatens to scare potential investors away and choke off nascent economic growth.

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The Ministry of Health has confirmed that six children have died from diphtheria in Yangon and Ayeyarwady regions this year.

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The China-Myanmar Paukphaw Friendship Foundation was established on 8 June in Yangon, Xinhua reported yesterday.

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Who profits from the oil, gas and mining industries? And how do citizens benefit from resource extraction? Myanmar has made significant progress toward addressing these questions since joining the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), a global effort to make information from the natural resource sector publicly available. The initiative is anchored in the belief that more complete information can promote accountable management of countries’ natural resources.

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