Wednesday, July 6th, 2016


Nearly a dozen Buddhist nationalists loyal to Ma Ba Tha gathered outside Rangoon International Airport to await the arrival of the Rangoon Division Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein from Singapore on Wednesday evening.

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Burma’s powerful military remains intolerant of press freedom, fearing a negative portrayal of its institution.

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Women’s groups from Burma are pushing for a 30 percent quota of female representatives at the upcoming peace talks. The renewed call for a minimum quota to be legislated was made at the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) review in Geneva, which kicked off on 4 July.

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The All Burma Federation of Student Unions (ABFSU) says that a preliminary meeting for a nationwide students’ conference will be held in November.

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About a thousand people are stranded on the highway between the Arakan towns of Mrauk-U and Ann after the Kazu River burst its banks and made the road impassable.

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A former MP who once suggested that the best way to achieve peace in Burma was by annihilating ethnic armed groups has launched a new journal bearing his nickname.

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It is necessary to have all ethnic armed organizations (EAOs) involved in the 21st Century Panglong Conference, according to a statement released by the New Mon State Party (NMSP), the predominant ethnic Mon resistance group.

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During its most recent session, Parliament received more than 2,000 new complaints of farmland seizure in less than five months, according to parliamentary committee chairs.

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The dispute between the Burma Army and the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) over the Htee Khee checkpoint on the Burma-Thailand border—used by the KNLA for tax collection—has ben resolved through bilateral negotiations on Saturday, Tenasserim Division Chief Minister Lei Lei Maw told The Irrawaddy.

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Myanmar is striving to recapture the glory of its past as the world’s No. 1 rice exporter. The country’s drive to climb back up the list of leading rice-exporting countries has been led by Myanmar Agribusiness Public Corp., an agricultural trading company.

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Burma’s largest producer of timber has declared a nationwide, one-year moratorium on logging, according to a spokesperson for the state-owned enterprise.

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South Korea’s top trade official met his Myanmar counterpart Tuesday to discuss ways to enhance bilateral cooperation, Yonhap reported on 5 June quoting Seoul’s trade ministry.

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The government is to defend a package of four controversial “protection of race and religion” laws at a key UN meeting on discrimination against women in Myanmar being held in Geneva tomorrow.

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Delivering peace in Myanmar is the top priority of the country’s first democratically elected government in over 60 years. A close analysis of the recent spike in fighting in northern Kachin State shows that won’t be possible unless those at the table tackle the role of natural resources, particularly jade, in fuelling conflict.

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