Wednesday, September 14th, 2016


The Ta’ang National Party is trying to broker a ceasefire to stop ongoing fighting between two rival ethnic armed groups in Shan State, said representatives attending peace talks in Chiang Mai, Thailand, this week.

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A new ethnic affairs organisation has collated a 50-page development agenda and plans to present it as a priority list to parliament.

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The United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC), a coalition of ethnic armed organisations (EAOs) that have not signed the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) said its representatives will not attend the meeting to review the framework for political dialogue.

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The concerned authority – Maungdaw district admin officer, Township admin officer, Burma border guard police (BGP) officers and land survey officers – allotted 10-acre arable land of Rohingyas to build a pagoda and other purposes in Maungdaw south on August 24, Mohin from Maungdaw said.

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Burma’s upper house of parliament on Monday voted down a proposal by former house speaker Khin Aung Myint of the Union Solidarity and Development Party to adopt a special plan to eradicate illiteracy in ethnic regions, enable ethnic people to pursue higher education, and promote ethnic literature.

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Burma’s Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement says it has delivered humanitarian supplies for over 3,800 villagers displaced by a recent wave of armed hostilities in Karen State.

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In a letter sent to the Speaker of the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw, the President’s Office has proposed taking loans totalling more than US$200 million from the Asian Development Bank and the French Development Agency to implement a handful of development projects. The loans would be divided among three ministries – Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation; Education; and Health and Sports.

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The industry minister is to step into a long-running dispute involving Panda Textile Factory, whose workers say management has broken an agreement on pay and labour conditions. The management has denied the accusation.

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The powerful Karen National Union (KNU) has called for a cessation of hostilities between the Tatmadaw, a Border Guard Force (BGF) group and a splinter faction of the Democratic Karen Benevolent Army (DKBA), following recent clashes in the Mae Tha Wor area of Kayin State’s Hpapun township.

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Development along the border between Myanmar and China has heated up as trade between the two countries has surged. Few places represent this trend as well as this town in Myanmar’s Shan State, on the opposite bank of the Shweli River from China’s Yunnan Province.

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A Rakhine State environmental alliance has gathered 300,000 signatures calling for full state control of local property and resources.

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President Barack Obama said Wednesday the U.S. is lifting economic sanctions and restoring trade benefits to former pariah state Myanmar as he met with Aung San Suu Kyi, a former political prisoner who is now the nation’s de facto leader.

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U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Committee on Foreign Relations, and John McCain (R-Ariz.), Chairman of the Committee on Armed Services, introduced legislation today to lend additional U.S. support to Burma’s ongoing political transition and economic growth since that country’s historic November 2015 elections, while also recognizing that human rights issues, national reconciliation and constitutional reform remain works in progress that must be addressed.

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Myanmar’s new government is making its international debut. In mid-August, Beijing welcomed Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on her first visit to China since becoming Myanmar’s state counsellor and foreign minister. This followed her trips to Myanmar’s ASEAN neighbours Laos and Thailand and preceded President U Htin Kyaw’s landmark visit to India. On September 14 to 15, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi will travel to Washington, DC. Myanmar’s busy diplomatic calendar carries special significance after the landslide electoral victory of the National League for Democracy (NLD) in November 2015.

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