Thursday, July 14th, 2016


After an extraordinary week in which government, military and religious figures rounded on Myanmar’s most notorious Buddhist nationalist group, one of its members now faces potential legal action over an infamous speech denouncing a United Nations representative.

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On March 31, the day after the National League for Democracy took office, the masthead of state-owned newspaper Kyemon (The Mirror) changed to red, a traditional symbol of the pro-democracy movement.

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A sweeping upgrade to the dilapidated Yangon Circle Line will be completed within four years, but uncertainty remains over the fate of residents who will need to relocate from homes along parts of the 46-kilometre route.

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The murders of seven innocent villagers in Shan State last month and the impunity of the Burmese military cannot be swept under the carpet, says Shan human rights advocates in a statement released yesterday.

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A man believed to have ties to various armed groups operating in northern Shan State was gunned down in Namkham on Wednesday, according to local sources.

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A farmer, a former reporter and an editor from The Ladies Journal were each handed fines of 20,000 kyats (around US$17) by a local court in Pegu Division’s Thaegon Township on Tuesday after being charged with defamation over a news story.

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Despite complaints from developers, a review committee for the construction of high-rise buildings has ordered safety modifications to 12 structures, stating that failure to follow Rangoon’s updated urban planning standards could cause harm to the city and its residents.

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Extremist Buddhist monk Wirathu could be charged if someone were to complain to the State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee, said Minister of Culture and Religious Affairs Aung Ko, who also criticized Ma Ba Tha for “making problems with other religions.”

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As head of the Central Committee for Arakan State Peace, Stability and Development, Aung San Suu Kyi invited stakeholders to discuss on Thursday in Naypyidaw the challenges they face when implementing local development projects, according to a statement from the State Counselor’s Office.

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When Myanmar gained independence in 1948, the promises of the new constitution and the previous year’s Panglong Agreement were still fresh in the minds of ethnic leaders. Famously, Bogyoke Aung San told them during the Panglong Conference in February 1947, “If Burma receives one kyat, you will also get one kyat.”

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Housing authorities need to find a better way of selecting tenants to occupy government-built low-cost homes, MPs say. The traditional method of drawing lots from among the applicants isn’t working, as too many successful applicants promptly sell or lease their apartment.

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Telenor Myanmar Limited hosted a roundtable discussion on tackling child labour in tea shops and urban areas in Myanmar yesterday, according to a statement from the company.

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On a cloudy afternoon in June, Lieutenant Bo Bo Win Htut and several officers of Kalay Police Station were hiding in the long grass near a bridge outside of the Sagaing Region capital. Dressed in plain clothes, and with back up provided by a local armed militia and members of the civil service, they waited to ambush a small-time drug dealer heading to Tamu, a town on Myanmar’s western border with northeast India located some 80 km from Kalay.

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Burma’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has called on all parties in a dispute over control of the South China Sea to exercise restraint in the wake of a landmark international tribunal decision that has delivered a rebuff to China’s claims to almost all of the strategically important waterway.

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