Friday, September 23rd, 2016


Due to the prevalence of landmines in the Maethawaw area, it is unsafe for displaced persons (IDPs) from the recent fighting to return to their homes, according to the local ethnic Karen Border Guard Force (BGF), which is operating under Burmese army command.

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The Rangoon Police Force on Friday detained another member of a family accused of the trafficking and abuse of two underage domestic workers at a downtown tailoring shop, according to a statement released on Facebook.

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Fifty-two villagers arrested by the Restoration Council of Shan State (RCSS), an ethnic armed group, were set free on September 21, according to Shan State Police Brigadier General Aung Aung.

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The President’s Office announced yesterday that it is closely keeping tabs on the progress of an abuse case of two underage maids in Kyauktada Township, state media reported on 23 September.

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The Amyotha Hluttaw’s Natural Resources and Environment Conservation Committee yesterday introduced a bill amending Myanmar’s Gemstone Law with the aim of preventing monopolisation of the industry.

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A drive to “cleanse” Yangon Region’s Buddhist clergy will receive high-level official support, government officials have assured senior clerics. Both Union Minister for Religion and Culture Thura U Aung Ko and Yangon Region’s chief minister, U Phyo Min Thein, have given the operation a green light.

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Government forces in northern Burma are continuing to close in on Kachin Independence Army (KIA) positions, according to sources from the ethnic armed group.

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Recent regulatory changes are set to spur growth in the microfinance sector, industry sources have told Frontier, although the full impact may not be felt for some time.

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In what is believed to be one of the first large punishments handed down to Rangoon’s developers, the city’s municipal body has said that Sule Square project developers will face fines of more than 2 billion kyats (about US$1.6 million) for breaching building regulations in the construction of the 23-floor structure.

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Contrasting expectations have emerged from Burma’s real estate industry as the National League for Democracy-led government attempts to persuade more foreign investors to enter the country’s market.

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Police have promised to launch a new strategy to control narcotics, taking a more health- and development-centred approach than their previous punitive action plans.

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Burma, China, Thailand and Laos have opened a forward command of an operations centre for criminal suppression and prevention on the Mekong River in northern Thailand’s Chiang Rai Province.

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Japan’s Defence Minister Tomomi Inada and her Myanmar counterpart, Sein Win, on Wednesday confirmed that the two countries will increase their defence cooperation and exchanges, Japan News reported on 23 September.

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United States Ambassador Scot Marciel has defended the Obama administration’s decision to lift remaining economic sanctions against Myanmar, telling an audience Tuesday that continued restrictions against tycoons and junta figures would undermine the country’s economic growth.

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France has allocated € 1.4 M to improve food security in Rakhine and Kachin States and to contribute rebuilding livelihoods in Chin State in 2016, the French Embassy to Myanmar said in a statement on 21 September.

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The landmark 21st Century Panglong Union Peace Conference that concluded in Nay Pyi Taw on September 3 was hailed as a major step forward towards ending decades of civil conflict.

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