Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016


Nearly 100,000 people across five regions and one state have been relocated due to flooding, according to data from the Department of Relief and Resettlement covering the period from the last week of July to yesterday.

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A major new national ethnic youth alliance has been formed this week with its first vow being to ensure the inclusion of young people in the forthcoming 21st-century Panglong Conference – despite government chiefs’ attempts to dismiss them.

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A former 88 Generation student turned English teacher was deported shortly after he arrived at Yangon International Airport yesterday as officials informed him of his status on a government watchlist.

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Four years after a preliminary ceasefire agreement was reached in southeastern Burma’s Karen State, rights advocates say that women are far from reaching equal treatment despite demonstrable improvements.

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Burma’s branch of the World Heritage Site Committee announced its plans to nominate the Bagan Archaeological Zone for UNESCO’s list of culturally significant sites in 2017 for reconsideration the following year.

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By the standards of her village in Myanmar’s swampy Ayeyarwady Delta, Than Shin was a prosperous woman. She had 20 acres of farmland on which her family grew rice.

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Ruling-party lawmakers in Myanmar’s lower house of parliament on Tuesday called on officials to step up efforts to implement a three-year-old anti-corruption law, fearing that its lax execution will hurt Myanmar’s prospects for permanent peace and development.

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It was only when Aye Aye Nge’s pharmacy burned down for the second time that she thought about taking out insurance, a novelty in impoverished Myanmar where most people either can’t afford to buy premiums or don’t trust those selling them.

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Health officials were struggling last week to contain an outbreak of cholera at Pyay despite assurances that the situation was being brought under control.

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Environmentalists are campaigning to prevent the destruction of the nation’s remaining mangrove forests because they provide protection from extreme weather and support a rich variety of marine life.

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Myanmar’s deputy home affairs minister Major General Aung Soe on Tuesday requested additional police officers and funding to combat illegal narcotics in eastern Myanmar’s impoverished Shan state where sales and use of methamphetamine and heroin are rampant.

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So that they could attend the summit in the border town of Mai Ja Yang in Kachin State, the Chinese authorities allowed ethnic armed group leaders to travel freely through Chinese territory from the Muse border in northern Shan State—a marked departure from previous practice.

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A freer media is critical to the country’s political transition, but it is also time for more responsible journalism.

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Economist Sean Turnell has been a researcher of Burma’s economy for over twenty years. He has been an advisor on Burma to the US State Department, to USAID and to Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. he is also an informal advisor to the Burma’s National League for Democracy (NLD) government. He spoke to DVB about Burma’s economic policy released last week.

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