Thursday, September 1st, 2016


The second draft of the Hate Speech Law has been completed and will be submitted to parliament soon, the Ministry of Culture and Religious Affairs said yesterday.

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Burma’s hardline nationalist group has claimed that it was “not responsible” for a photo condemning the appointment of former United Nations chief Kofi Annan to lead an advisory panel on conflict-torn Arakan State.

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The Union Election Commission on Tuesday ruled against an appeal launched by veteran Kachin militia leader Zahkung Ting Ying, who will now forfeit his seat in the Upper House of Burma’s Parliament.

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Just one day into the peace conference and Myanmar’s biggest armed ethnic group, the powerful United Wa State Army, has pulled out after yet another organisational mishap.

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United Nations General Secretary Ban Ki-moon met with an interfaith panel and civil society representatives at two different events with two contrasting messages in Naypyidaw on Wednesday.

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Despite the convening of Union Peace Conference (also called 21st Century Panglong Conference) and the Burma Army’s recent appearance to be accepting of federalism, ethnic people are still uncomfortable with the military, said United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) vice-chairperson.

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The Myanmar Investment Commission is preparing to release new policies next month, according to the deputy director of the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration, which acts as a secretary to the investment approvals body.

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Permits for 321 jade and gems blocks will expire in September, the government has said, and will not be renewed, under an industry-wide freeze on new licences expected to continue until by-laws to the Myanmar Gemstones Law have been passed.

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The governments of Indonesia and Myanmar will sign a memorandum of understanding next month to continue a rice export agreement. But the respective commerce ministers will then have to tackle an unresolved issue over payment for a previous shipment that failed to comply with Indonesian regulations.

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Former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan will arrive in Burma on Sunday and visit Arakan State on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week, to introduce his role as chair of the new Arakan State Advisory Commission to local Buddhist and Muslim stakeholders, according to Arakan State government secretary U Tin Maung Swe.

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In less than a decade, mobile money has proven an effective means of increasing financial access in frontier markets. In the process, it has brought significant economic benefits to the countries that have fostered its development.

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As President Obama prepares for next week’s Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Laos, Amnesty International USA has urged him to press leaders to address human rights abuses in the region.

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