Tuesday, July 26th, 2016


Leaders representing 17 ethnic armed groups gathered in Mai Ja Yang, Kachin State on Tuesday to search for common ground in working toward a federal system in Burma.

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The Shan State government has made a last-minute move to cancel a five-day ethnic youth conference, citing the possibility of a negative impact on the upcoming 21st Century Panglong Convention (21CPC).

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More than a hundred farmers staged a protest in the city of Monywa on Monday, demanding compensation for farmland that was confiscated to make way for mining and other industrial projects in the area.

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Civil society groups are gearing up for the so-called 21st-century Panglong Conference, next month’s much-anticipated peace summit. The National Ethnic Youth Conference, scheduled to be held in Loilin township’s Panglong town from July 27 to 31, will strive to cultivate a sense of unity among Myanmar’s younger generations.

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Fixing Myanmar’s transport woes may cost up to US$60 billion but inaction could be far more expensive, according to a new report.

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The Peace Commission recently announced it will provide whatever assistance necessary for the country’s ethnic armed groups attending the upcoming summit in eastern Kachin State.

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After a months-long wait, the National League for Democracy government is set to reveal the first details of its planned economic reforms to be implemented over the next five years.

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Lower House Speaker Win Myint has appealed to parliamentarians to inform him of workshops, meetings and trainings beforehand in order to gain official approval for such events; the request applies to sessions to which MPs have been invited by non-governmental and civil society organizations.

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A lawsuit against the Hlaing Tharyar township Premier Coffee factory was dismissed yesterday because the owner paid back overtime wages to his 321 workers, according to a Ministry of Labour official.

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ASEAN unity may be under severe strain, but Foreign Minister Daw Aung San Suu Kyi emerged from her first ministerial meeting without a scratch on her international reputation, according to analysts, who praised the leader’s diplomacy.

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has discussed bilateral cooperation with his Myanmar counterpart Aung San Suu Kyi, Tass reported on 25 July quoting the Russian Foreign Ministry.

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For many reasons, this year’s Martyrs’ Day on July 19 was a significant break from the past. For the first time, it was held under a National League for Democracy-backed government. After several decades of absence, it was also the first time the commander-in-chief attended.

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Observers are cautiously parsing two recent events featuring prominent military officers in the hope of reading their implications for national reconciliation and the success of the 21st-century Panglong Conference due to begin next month.

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