Tuesday, September 6th, 2016


More than 70 proposals were presented at last week’s four-day Union Peace Conference in Naypyidaw, the first in a series of peace talks dubbed the 21st-Century Panglong Conference.

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A senior leader of Burma’s ruling party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), said he has a clear mandate from State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to take decisive action on issues within Shan State’s NLD chapter, in response to public criticism for expelling a senior member and demoting three others.

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An urgent proposal put forward by Arakanese National Party (ANP) lawmaker Aung Kyaw San—calling for international members of the Arakan State Advisory Commission to be replaced with local academics—failed to earn parliamentary approval on Tuesday.

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The Burmese military continues to reinforce its troop strength in SSPP/SSA territory, despite calls to seek an end to the conflict by the ethnic armed group at last week’s Union Peace Conference in Naypyidaw.

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Nai Hong Sar, vice-chairman for New Mon State Party (NMSP) and member of the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC), was critical of a speech delivered by the head of the Burma Army that cautioned against putting one’s own interests before democracy.

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A number of people in Sagaing Division’s Chaung-U Township have developed symptoms of infection after coming into contact with the carcasses of cattle that have died in recent weeks from an unidentified disease, according to local officials.

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Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA) renegades have denied media reports that one of their commanders, Maj. Na Ma Kyar, had kidnapped the men who ultimately killed him last week.

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The 28th and 29th ASEAN Summits and related meetings begin today in Vientiane, Laos, with a host of regional leaders attending the events, including a Myanmar delegation led by State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.

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In an attempt to find a sustainable solution to the complicated issues between Muslims and Buddhists in Rakhine State, former UN secretary general Kofi Annan is visiting Myanmar this week.

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