Tuesday, July 12th, 2016


The state Buddhist authority is backing a chief minister’s call to dissolve nationalist group Ma Ba Tha, but will make a final decision during an upcoming quarterly retreat at Maha Pasana Cave, an official said.

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Displaced families in Rakhine State say even though the heavy rains have stopped in areas most impacted by flooding, life has not returned to normal and aid is badly needed.

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Buddhist nationalist group Ma Ba Tha has urged its followers not to stage planned nationwide protests in response to criticism of the organization from the Rangoon Division chief minister, saying that they no longer take his comments seriously.

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More than three hundred ethnic Palaung (Ta’ang) displaced by conflict in their village between rival non-state armed groups the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) and the Shan State Army-South (SSA-S) arrived in the town of Hsipaw in northern Shan State over the weekend.

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Those who have previously visited the Martyrs’ Monument, sited just north of Rangoon’s Shwedagon Pagoda, should be prepared for a surprise on July 19, Martyrs Day—the anniversary of the assassination of independence hero Aung San and eight of his comrades in 1947.

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The United Nationalities Federal Council are in discussion with the government in order to join the ongoing political dialogue, now widely known as “21st century Pinlon Conference” to be held in August, 2016.

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An 11-memeber new central executive committee was voted in at the 5th Karen Youth Organization congress held on June 29 at Lay Wah (Law Khee Lar), Pa-an district in Karen State.

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The Kachin National Congress (KNC) recently held a Kachin National Public Forum in Kachin State capital Myitkyina to select individuals to serve as representatives for their community.

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The NLD-led government formed an 11-member National Reconciliation and Peace Centre (NRPC) Monday, led by State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, according to an announcement of the President’s Office published in state media.

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The Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population will release sensitive census data on Myanmar’s religious make-up on July 21 and plans to make public corresponding figures on ethnic populations within six months, according to a senior ministry official.

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The Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement plans to extend a pilot social pension program for the elderly and back a program that supports mothers through cash handouts.

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In a first step toward simplifying procedures for reclaiming farmland confiscated under the former regime, the government has issued temporary documents allowing former owners to take back their land.

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Trading house Mitsubishi Corp. and real estate developer Mitsubishi Estate Co. said Tuesday they will join an urban development project in Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city.

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A US$20 million cinema plan has started its pilot project in Rangoon’s Taik Kyi and southern Shan State’s Aungban townships, according to private cinema developer Maze Co., Ltd.

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The United Nation’s (UN) refugee agency, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), is conducting a “last call” resettlement initiative for Burmese refugees living in Thailand who wish to resettle in the United States.

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It’s not easy to govern a country emerging from a half-century of military rule, particularly with one hand tied behind your back. After sweeping Burma’s historic elections in 2015, Aung San Suu Kyi’s party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), now faces daunting challenges. It needs to repeal or reform problematic laws, restructure military-dominated bureaucracies, and deal with violent strains of xenophobia and anti-Muslim hatred.

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