Wednesday, July 13th, 2016


Burma’s leading state-backed cleric organization, Ma Ha Na, has announced that the ultranationalist group Ma Ba Tha is not a “lawful monks’ association” as “it was not formed in accordance with the country’s monastic rules.”

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Arakanese social activist Maung Aye was sentenced to two years hard labor in a Kyaukphyu courthouse on Wednesday for suspected links to the Arakan Army (AA), according to his lawyer, Tin Myint.

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A Court in Tatkon Township of Naypyidaw Union Territory has sentenced detained labor demonstrators and student activists on Wednesday with a one-month imprisonment or a 5,000 kyats (US$4.20) fine for contempt of court.

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To prepare for several upcoming engagements, the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) held an emergency meeting in northern Thai city Chiang Mai.

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The United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) has reportedly adopted a 7-point agenda including a common stance at their emergency meeting held in Chiang Mai, Thailand, from July 11-12. They said they would present the agenda at a plenary meeting of all ethnic armed organizations (EAOs) to be held in Mai Jai Yang, Kachin State from July 26 to 29.

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Three people including a local village official were jailed on Wednesday in Arakan State’s Kyaukphyu Township for alleged connections with the rebel group Arakan Army.

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Music lovers from as far afield as Austin, Texas, have heard of Side Effect, an indie rock band hailing from Myanmar. The beloved band is one of the few Burmese ensembles to break through to the international stage, thrilling audiences across Germany, and at the South by Southwest film and music festival in the United States. Part of their appeal is the band’s bold originality; unlike so many new musical acts, Side Effect isn’t a cover band and they reject the very notion of the “mainstream”.

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No new irrigation dams will be built during the tenure of the current government, and spending on existing facilities will be halved, says Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation Tun Win.

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Tint Swe, permanent secretary and spokesman of the Ministry of Information, submitted his resignation on Friday, citing family and social obligations.

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Concerns about equal rights for all the non-state armed groups during the upcoming 21st Century Panglong Conference in late August will be brought up when the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) meets with State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on 17 July in Rangoon.

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Burma Army Commander-in-Chief Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing requested soldiers stationed in Arakan State not to practice “extreme activities” while upholding their culture and religion.

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Language-education experts in Burma are calling for the introduction of a multilingual teaching policy that would allow ethnic minority children to study in both their mother tongues and Burmese, rather than taking separate native-language classes.

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Approximately a thousand people have been evacuated to safety from around 200 homes in Latpadaung, in Sagaing Division’s Salingyi Township, after flash floods caused the Chindwin River to overflow.

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Burma’s national League for Democracy (NLD) government has announced a 21st Century Panglong Conference (21CPC), scheduled for the end of August, to address the country’s decades-long ethnic conflict and the need for national reconciliation. The idea for this 21CPC was first mentioned by Aung San Suu Kyi, who as state counsellor is now the de facto leader of the government, in late 2010.

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