Thursday, July 21st, 2016


In 2012, U Khin Htwe Maung was building a house in downtown Sittwe, paid for with the pension he received for decades of military service.

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Rangoon-based Arakanese civil society groups have chastised the Arakan National Party (ANP) for ignoring them after the support they gave the party during the November general election, and for failing to preserve “unity” in the Arakanese nationalist movement.

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Participants at the Ethnic Armed Organizations (EAOs) Summit scheduled to be held in Mai Ja Yang, Kachin State, have agreed to focus primarily on a four-point agenda namely building a federal union, politics, the military and the interpretation of Panglong.

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Karen State based political parties and civil society groups said that they are not invited to take part at the state level Joint Monitoring Committee-State Level (JMC-S).

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All of Myanmar’s ethnic armed groups must be able to attend the upcoming 21st Century Panglong Conference (Union Peace Conference), said Khu Oo Reh, from the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) Delegation for Political Negotiation (DPN). The concerns were expressed when the UNFC met with State Councillor Aung San Suu Kyi recently during an informal meeting Rangoon.

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A journalist from the BBC’s Myanmar-language service walked free from prison on Thursday after a court accepted his appeal against a three-month sentence handed down in June for striking a policeman.

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For the first time in more than three decades, Burma released data on the populations of the country’s different religious groups, based on the results of the 2014 census.

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Economists and businessmen gathered at a forum in Rangoon expressed disappointment at sluggish growth under the new government since April—in light of high expectations—but remain convinced of Burma’s economic potential.

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Nearly 70 Myanmar workers who had languished in immigration detention centres in Malaysia were welcomed home yesterday, the third group to be repatriated in honour of the state counsellor’s 71st birthday.

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Myanmar government leader Aung San Suu Kyi has accepted an invitation from President Barack Obama to visit the United States, the government said on Thursday, in what would be her first trip to America since she won an election in November.

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The United States announced on Wednesday that it will provide an additional $21 million in development aid to help strengthen governance in Burma, as a newly elected civilian government settles into its daunting first term.

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There was a revealing moment at a recent gathering of newly elected lawmakers in Myanmar’s capital, Naypyitaw, when talk turned to their many training sessions with “international experts” and Western politicians on lofty subjects such as “building democracy” and being good legislators.

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