Friday, June 17th, 2016


The Burma Army has seized two guns and a handheld transceiver from a Mon National Liberation Army (MNLA) base on Thursday afternoon in Kyaikmayaw Township, Mon State.

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Khin Yi, a central executive committee member and spokesperson for the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), has denied speculation that his party used the Association for Protection of Race and Religion—an association of nationalist monks better known by its Burmese acronym Ma Ba Tha—for its own political gain.

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Rangoon’s divisional parliament approved a proposal designed to protect public spaces put forward on Thursday by Nay Phone Latt, a lawmaker representing Thingangyun Township.

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Over the past six months, several alleged child rapists have avoided jail time by compensating victims in Tenasserim Division’s Dawei Township, according to women’s rights advocates.

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Thirteen Arakanese youths charged under suspicion of having connection with the rebel Arakan Army (AA) have each been sentenced to three years imprisonment with labour.

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The Electricity Supply Board (ESB) in Rangoon’s Tamwe Township is launching a programme to clear up the mesh of power lines and electrical wires that dangle from power poles across the streets and pavements of the former Burmese capital.

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In an effort to resettle and reintegrate internally displaced communities, the Karen National Union’s local officials are using funding from Japan’s Nippon Foundation to build low-cost housing for displaced people forced from their homes during armed conflict.

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Migrant student passing the university matriculation examination dropped to 22 % this year causing concerns to migrant teachers on the bias in the current system.

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More than half a million people in Myanmar work under slave-like conditions, said the annual Global Slavery Index released last week by the Walk Free Foundation, a rights group based in Perth, Australia.

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A meeting to be held between the government and the Delegation for Peace Negotiation (DPN) of the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) in Chiang Mai, Thailand set to take place in the third week of June has been postponed.

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Members of parliament have called for the cessation of mining projects in Paung Township, Mon State, in proposals submitted to the Pyithu Hluttaw, or national House of Representatives, and the Mon State Hluttaw.

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Burma Army and Burma Border Guard Force (BGF) troops are obstructing villagers transporting food in Hlaingbwe Township, Karen State, according to local residents.

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The Thai government and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) have repeatedly insisted that the return of more than 120,000 Burmese refugees from Thailand should be voluntary.

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The National League for Democracy-led government is moving ahead with a microfinance loan scheme much-criticised by party members when they were opposition lawmakers.

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Following a meeting in Nay Pyi Taw on June 15, the scandal-hit Myanmar Gems and Jewellery Entrepreneurs Association has launched an internal investigative committee.

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A month after the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) announced the suspension of certain high-rise construction projects across Rangoon, developers have complained that the move is hurting their businesses and workers.

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Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam and Thailand (CLMVT) should work together to further integrate the financial market the five countries more attractive to foreign investment, the president of Bangkok Bank told a forum yesterday.

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Union Minister for Foreign Affairs Daw Aung San Suu Kyi held talks with Indian National Security Adviser Mr. Ajit Doval at her office in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday, state media reported.

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North Korea is prepared to offer Myanmar assistance in improving rice production and in the construction and maintenance of dams, The Myanmar Times has learned. Sources stressed that at this point, the two governments are in preliminary negotiations and there is no decision yet on the signing of an agreement.

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French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault on Friday pledged his country’s support for Burma’s development by announcing plans to raise 200 million euros (US$224.92 million) in funds for the formerly military-ruled nation.

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