Tuesday, June 14th, 2016


A leading member of Burma’s most prominent Buddhist nationalist organisation has spoken out against an anti-Rohingya protest that took place in the central Burmese town of Pakokku in Magwe Division on Monday.

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Three airmen were killed when a Burmese Air Force helicopter crashed in the Pegu Division town of Daik-U on Tuesday, the military has confirmed.

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The United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC), an alliance of nine ethnic armed groups, has told Burma’s peace delegation that it would like to hold additional talks with lead negotiator Dr. Tin Myo Win before meeting State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi.

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“Twilight Over Burma,” a film about a Shan leader and his Austrian wife, will be subjected to the scrutiny of the film censorship board before it receives permission to be premiered in Burma at the annual Human Rights Human Dignity International Film Festival, which starts Tuesday, according to a board member.

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Disabled and collecting fees to use a public toilet in a busy Yangon market was not how Kyaw Kyaw Oo imagined the life of a soldier when he lied about his age to join the Myanmar army at 16.

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An election tribunal on Monday heard statements in an appeal by a Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) lawmaker who is likely to lose his seat to a National League for Democracy (NLD) parliamentary hopeful in an election reversal.

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The launch of the Yangon Stock Exchange has prompted a scramble among local firms to get in a position to list. The advantages, such as future access to capital and liquidity for current shareholders, are obvious. The relative success of the first two listings has only buoyed interest.

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The National League for Democracy (NLD) government pledged to support the private sector to drive Burma’s economy growth and lower the barriers for going into business, said Union Minister for Planning and Finance Kyaw Win on Monday in Rangoon.

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Recently, the Korea Importers Association (KOIMA) scoped out new suppliers to bolster their imports from Myanmar. A total of 38 South Korean delegates, each representing a company, participated in the Korea-Myanmar Business Forum and Seminar, held last week at the Shangri-La Hotel.

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The free-flowing Salween is the last big undammed river in Southeast Asia, home to a flurry of endangered species including tigers and clouded leopards, writes Tom Fawthrop in Hpa-an, Karen State, Myanmar. And thanks to support from both the indigenous Karen people, and senior officials in China who see the huge ecotourism potential of the river and its dramatic gorge, it could just stay that way.

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On Tuesday, more than a dozen National League for Democracy (NLD) lawmakers in the Rangoon Division parliament demanded that authorities crack down on big-time drug dealers and smugglers in the city, who keep evading arrest, citing the worsening effect of drugs on Rangoon’s youth.

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Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has a moral responsibility to try to ease tension between majority Buddhists and minority Rohingya Muslims, her fellow Nobel laureate, the Dalai Lama, said on Monday.

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Turkey supports positive steps taken by the new government in Myanmar for a solution to the problems faced by the Muslim Rohingya community and wants to engage in close cooperation with the community, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavu?o?lu said yesterday at a joint press conference with Myanmar’s foreign minister while in Naypyidaw.

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Burma was subjected to military rule for nearly five decades between the late dictator Ne Win’s coup in 1962 and former Snr-Gen Than Shwe’s abdication in 2010. Everyone says the country was destroyed by the authoritarian rulers. Generally speaking, they are right.

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