Thursday, June 16th, 2016


Rakhine State immigration officials have given out more than 1000 new national verification cards or “green cards” to stateless Muslims as part of a citizenship verification pilot in the conflict-ridden state.

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Workers from a plywood factory in Sagaing Region, students and their supporters yesterday boycotted the second trial since they were arrested on May 18.

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Members of the National League for Democracy will be electing a new addition to the party’s regional executive committee in Mandalay today to replace U Htin Kyaw, who has since become the country’s president. Regional party president U Tin Tun Oo said, “There’s only one vacancy in the regional executive, the position of the former president. Now party headquarters has been informed about the vacant position.”

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Leaders of Shan and Kachin ethnic armed organisations (EAOs) agreed to follow the basic principles of the 1947 Panglong Agreement at a meeting held in Chiang Mai, Thailand from 7 to 8 June.

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Lieutenant General Pang Fa, the Shan State Progress Party/Shan State Army (SSPP/SSA) Chairman, has said that the SSPP/SSA is willing to facilitate negotiations between the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) and Shan people in northern Shan State.

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Military personnel of the Mon National Liberation Army (MNLA), the armed wing of the New Mon State Party (NMSP), began taxing residents of some villages in Kyaikmayaw Township, Mon State, earlier this month.

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Just after North Korean operatives remotely detonated bombs they had hidden in the ceiling of the Martyrs’ Mausoleum in Rangoon, Sun Oo received a long-distance phone call.

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The Financial Commission hopes to reapportion the 2016-17 Union Budget, looking to allocate more funds to the education, health and social welfare sectors.

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An end to civil conflict and sustainable bureaucratic reform were among the issues deserving top priority under the National League for Democracy government ’s 100-day plan, Frontier has been told.

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“Our government will not give favour to anyone and there will be no discrimination. We will give all Myanmar nationals equal opportunity.” Union Minister of Planning and Finance Kyaw Win said at a meeting held at Union of Myanmar Federation of Chamber of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) on 13 June, the meeting was held for the first time with Myanmar traders and entrepreneurs and it lasted about three hours.

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While preparations for State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi’s proposed 21st Century Panglong Conference continue, critics doubt that the conference will be inclusive while the Burma Army insists on the disarmament of three ethnic armed groups.

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Authorities in Mon State for the first time visited a Thai cement factory where a coal power plant was built without informing locals or authorities, said local sources.

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A decision on the controversial Letpadaung copper mine is out of our hands, the Sagaing Region chief minister insists.

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It is not a common occurrence to have a Turkish Foreign Minister on official business in Naypyitaw, Myanmar’s capital.

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The NLD has made much of its 100-day plan but has not fulfilled its pledge to reveal its early goals in their entirety, while some promises have no chance of being met.

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Pe Myint, 67, Myanmar’s new minister of information, hails from Rakhine state in the northwest of the country. A doctor by training, he has written 50 books of fiction and non-fiction about the country, and translated the works of others from English — none of which got him into trouble with the authorities. He received journalism training from the Bangkok-based Indochina Media Memorial Foundation in the 1990s, and was appointed to his challenging new position by State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s effective prime minister. On April 1, she instructed all her ministers to prepare 100-day plans. None has yet begun to be implemented, and exact synchronization looks unlikely. An important part of Minister Pe Myint’s brief is introducing the citizens of Myanmar to some unfamiliar concepts, including freedom of speech and information, and responsive government. The minister recently talked exclusively to the Nikkei Asian Review.

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The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. government’s development finance institution, announced June 15 that it has commenced the initial disbursement of a US$250 million loan to Apollo Towers Myanmar Limited, based in Yangon.

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