Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016


The Peace Commission plans to meet with the Arakan Army (AA), Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA), and Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA)—all excluded from signing the so called nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA)— in the near future, the Peace Commission Secretary U Khin Zaw said.

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The Peace Commission and National Democratic Alliance Army-Eastern Shan State (NDAA-ESS)—also known as the Mongla Army—met to discuss important matters yesterday afternoon at the National Reconciliation and Peace Centre in Rangoon.

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A Shan human rights group has pressed the Burmese government to immediately suspend all resource extraction projects in ethnic states that have been ravaged by conflict and to end Burma Army offenses against civilians.

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Peace is coming and all Mandalay is coming out to greet it. Over the next week, political activists, civil society groups and ordinary residents throughout the region will be holding rallies in support of the 21st-century Panglong Conference.

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The Kachin contingent showed uniform unity in their matching military-green T-shirts, the Shan shone out in a blaze of orange, and the Kayin maintained a disciplined and tight-lipped presence in their loose-fitting thin dine shirts.

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A new bill that would repeal Burma’s controversial 1950 Emergency Provisions Act was submitted to the Lower House of Parliament on Monday; the move was met with divergent opinions from lawmakers.

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All SIM card users in Burma must complete registration forms with their network providers or face a disruption to their mobile phone service, according to the Ministry of Transport and Communications, which published the alert in a state-run newspaper on Tuesday.

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MPs are lobbying for a more clear-cut, equal tax system that would raise the tariff for the wealthy and see cuts for poorer states.

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Service centers providing support for Burmese refugees returning home voluntarily are to be established in all nine Burmese refugee camps on the Thai-Burma border later this month.

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AT the CB Bank branch in the Thilawa Special Economic Zone near Yangon, there’s a dedicated “Japan desk”, where an employee of the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (BTMU) sits to handle any Japanese corporate business that comes their way.

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Thai authorities have arrested and deported up to 10,000 Myanmar nationals working in the country as part of a crackdown on illegal immigrants during the last 10 days, an official from a Myanmar nongovernmental organization that helps migrant workers said Monday.

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As Aung San Suu Kyi-led government completed its first 100 days in power recently, its evolving foreign policy approach — particularly relations with the immediate neighbours — deserves a close appraisal.

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“They are trying to transform Myanmar into a Muslim state,” says Ashin Wirathu, a Buddhist monk dubbed by Time as the “The Face of Buddhist Terror.” Human rights activists claim Wirathu and his group, called 969, are the main forces behind riots that have killed scores and displaced thousands of Rohingya (a million strong ethnic Muslim minority living among more than 50 million Buddhists) since 2012.

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Khun Maung Thaung is the Chairman of Ethnic Affairs and Internal Peace Committee of the Lower House and vice-president of the Pa-O National Organisation (PNO).

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