Wednesday, September 7th, 2016


Tha Hla Shwe, a member of the Kofi Annan-led Arakan State Advisory Commission, told The Irrawaddy that during their two-day trip to Sittwe, the commission heard perspectives on trust building from the Buddhist Arakanese and Muslim communities in the state capital.

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The massive tin mining boom underway in territory controlled by Burma’s largest ethnic armed group, the United Wa State Army (UWSA), may be set for a decline, concludes a recent update from the International Tin Research Institute (ITRI), a not-for-profit organization closely connected to the international mining industry.

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The Burma Human Rights Network (BHRN) says it is concerned about cuts to IDP food aid by the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) in parts of Rakhine State.

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The Arakan National Party has asked police to take action against Rakhine State’s top immigration official, alleging that he broke the law in granting provisional citizenship to a young Muslim woman in Buthidaung Township hoping to study in Yangon.

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At least 10,000 people cannot go back to their homes due to the uncertain climate caused by the so-called Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA), according a leading member of the Shan Nationalities League for Democracy (SNLD).

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The Union Minister of Ethnic Affairs, Nai Thet Lwin, said the Burmese military and ethnic armed organisations (EAOs) should sign an immediate ceasefire and continue political dialogue to implement the peace process in Burma.

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The United Nationalities Federation Council (UNFC) continues to stick to with the policy for tripartite talks in order to ink a nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA), according to UNFC vice-chairman Nai Hongsar.

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A decision on the stalled Myitsone hydropower dam has been delayed for several more months, even as the commission tasked with evaluating the project has admitted to having already reviewed the contract.

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Another 11 tonnes of illegal timber was confiscated from a former wood factory within a forest area cordoned off for military research on September 1, bringing the total illegal timber found in that area over the past two month to 500 tonnes.

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Yangon’s version of Silicon Valley is a niche community of local entrepreneurs who are passionate about creating products and services specifically for the country. In a country that has just opened to foreign investors, these young startup founders approach a market ripe with potential.

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A Japanese-owned garment factory is refusing to rehire workers striking over new daily production requirements, which they said were nearly impossible to meet.

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The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, supported local agribusiness with a US$10 million convertible loan to the Myanma Awba Group, formalized at a signing ceremony in Rangoon on Tuesday.

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Mercury, a highly-toxic chemical that endangers the health of small-scale gold miners who use it in far northern Myanmar, has been detected in one of the main waterways flowing through Yangon.

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When U Mya Hlaing came home three years ago he found an eviction notice plastered to his front door. It accused him of being a squatter on his own farmland and told him to pack his bags within two weeks or face 30 days in prison. His village would be destroyed to make way for a multibillion dollar industrial project.

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New Telenor Myanmar CEO Lars Erik Tellmann speaks to Frontier about improving data speeds in urban areas, aggressive promotions and the factors that will drive future growth.

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More than a month after initial reports of a deadly outbreak of measles in the Naga Self-Administered Zone started reaching people outside of this remote region of northern Burma, people there continue to die from the disease, despite efforts to contain its spread. To find out about the response to the health crisis hitting one of the poorest parts of Burma, DVB spoke to Naw Aung Sann, the general secretary of the Council of Naga Affairs.

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