Thursday, July 7th, 2016


Signatories and non-signatories of last year’s nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) will hold a meeting to prepare for an upcoming ethnic summit, where groups will cooperate toward building a federal union, sources said.

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The farmers of Kyon Dayel Village were ecstatic to read in the newspaper that Ayer Shwe Wah was releasing 40,000 acres of land that the company had acquired under the military government’s 1990s Lowland Development Project.

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Farmers in south-central Myanmar’s Bago region began a protest on 6 July demanding that the army return more than 4,000 acres of land it confiscated from them 25 years ago, RFA reported on 6 July.

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One person was killed and seven were injured yesterday when a landmine was detonated in Namtu township in an area affected by ongoing fighting.

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The Karen National Union is creating job opportunities for Kayin women whose lives have been uprooted by fighting between the KNU and the Tatmadaw, according to central liaison officer Major Saw Shee Sho.

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Resettlement and tax-sharing will top the agenda of the civil society groups’ forum that will be held in tandem with the 21st-century Panglong Conference.

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Delegates from the Shan Nationalities League for Democracy (SNLD) will probably attend the upcoming 21st Century Panglong Conference, according to senior party officials. The conference that is being convened by State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is expected to take place at the end of August.

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In an effort to negotiate a peace deal between the ethnic-based insurgent groups of Myanmar and the Myanmar government, former Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga left for Bangkok on Monday to meet representatives of 16 such militant groups.

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The Ministry of Border Affairs and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) jointly hosted a consultation workshop on a strategic operation plan for the voluntary repatriation of Myanmar refugees in Thailand in Nay Pyi Taw on 6 July, state media reported.

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Proceeds from Burma’s annual sale of jade, gems and pearls totalled US$592.12 million, down nearly 10 percent from 2015, government data showed.

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A Rangoon-based coffee producer has apparently agreed to pay backdated holiday pay and overtime to its factory workers after falling foul of Burma’s Factories and General Labor Laws Investigation Department (FGLLID).

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The National Environmental Policy is getting an upgrade from the version first enacted in 1940.

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To avoid depleting the stock, fishing has been banned from May to August, when fish are in their juvenile stages, according to fisheries officials. However, enforcing the prohibition is proving complicated, said U Tin Win Myint, director of Yangon Region’s Fisheries Department.

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Authorities apprehended a member of an elephant poaching ring on Wednesday near Bhamo Creek in Irrawaddy Division’s Myittaya forest reserve while three other members managed to escape.

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Myanmar will host the 34th ASEAN Energy Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) in Nay Pyi Taw on July 12-15, according to an announcement of Electric Power and Energy Ministry Thursday.

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The European Parliament condemned Myanmar on Thursday for practices that discriminate against its minority Muslim community in western Rakhine State, home to around a million stateless Rohingya.

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