Wednesday, June 15th, 2016


Members of Myanmar’s film community say they are disappointed but not surprised by an official decision to block a feature screening at a human rights-themed film festival in Yangon.

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Floods triggered by continuous heavy rainfall have destroyed thousands of acres of farmland in Pegu Division this week.

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Preparatory Subcommittee-2 for the Union Peace Conference (21st Century Panglong) is set to meet a delegation for political negotiation (DPN) from the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) in Chiang Mai, Thailand the third week of June state media reported on 15 June.

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The Chin National Front Chairman, Pu Zing Cung, said that comprehensive political dialogue and national peace will not happen until all ethnic armed organisations (EIOs) are included in the ceasefire.

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The Kachin Baptist Convention (KBC) on 13 June urged Myanmar authorities, including the President, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, to conduct an investigation into the January 2015 murder of two female Kachin teachers.

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Police are to mount a crackdown in four Yangon Region townships to restore the rule of law in what have been deemed crime black spots. The regional parliament announced the plan yesterday, identifying targets as drug trafficking, gambling, protection rackets and illegal massage parlours.

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Over 100 people gathered in Shan State’s capital Taunggyi on Saturday to demand that senior Shan State municipal officials take responsibility for the disappearance last year of two municipal employees. The group also called for allegations of unfair treatment of staff to be dealt with.

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Leaders from sixteen Mon associations and various individuals have urged the Mon State Chief Minister to review programs providing household documents to migrant citizens working and living in Mon State.

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The government has denied ordering a controversial nationwide ban on the popular stimulant betel. A statement issued by the State Counsellor’s Office yesterday said non-specific instructions were issued to state and region authorities last month advising them to curb usage of the carcinogenic chewing nut, but not to outright outlaw it.

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Foreign investors will be unable to buy shares on the Yangon Stock Exchange (YSX) as long as the Myanmar Companies Act is not amended, a senior YSX official said, dispelling rumors that shares trading would open up to foreigners this week.

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The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will more than double it loans to Burma next year, the bank’s President Takehiko Nakao announced following meetings with Burmese leaders in Naypyidaw on Tuesday.

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“The doctor told me I should exercise regularly, but I don’t want to do that,” said U Aung Kyaw Oo, fixing Frontier with a mischievous grin. In August last year the 50-year-old was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes after a routine medical check-up.

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Myanmar and Mongolia vowed on Wednesday to enhance bilateral cooperation, according to the President’s Office.

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The West has rejoiced at the election of a new government dominated by the National League for Democracy and headed, in effect, by the party’s leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize winner. But for the Muslims of western Rakhine State Myanmar’s new era is already turning out to be a disappointment. There is almost certainly worse to come.

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Ever since Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, now state counsellor, admitted to the media that she is not an icon of democracy or a human rights defender so much as a working politician, she has been subjected to relentless criticism.

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