Monday, October 3rd, 2016


Troops from the United Wa State Army (UWSA) have clashed in eastern Shan State with the National Democratic Alliance Army (NDAA), according to a source close to the UWSA.

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Following intensified clashes between the Burma Army and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), an estimated 10,000 members of the Kachin public staged a demonstration on Monday on the manaw festival grounds in the state capital of Myitkyina, calling for an end to ongoing armed conflict.

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The minister representing Yangon’s police force has told the regional assembly that at least four officers will face disciplinary action for failing to investigate the Ava tailoring shop abuse scandal earlier this year.

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In Monday’s Rangoon Division parliamentary session, it was announced that the police and the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Rehabilitation would collaborate to accelerate child rights awareness in all regional townships to prevent human trafficking.

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The Burma Army, also known as the Tatmadaw, currently has a handful of peacekeepers serving in Africa on two peacekeeping missions. The deployments, which began last year, were the first time the Burma Army has contributed to a UN peacekeeping mission in half a century.

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Burma’s Central Bank has granted the country’s first mobile financial services license to Wave Money, a mobile money-transfer joint venture between Norway’s Telenor, Burma’s Yoma Bank and First Myanmar Investment.

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Despite a decline over the past three decades, Myanmar still has the second-highest rate of child and infant mortality in the ASEAN, according to a report based on figures from the 2014 census.

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Myanmar is drafting a new policy for controlling drug as part of its efforts to solve drug problem in addition to crime suppression, local official media report.

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Two Chinese frigates have docked in Yangon and will stay for five days in a show of diplomatic cooperation between the two nations, says the Chinese embassy in Yangon.

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When Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi met U.S. President Barack Obama during her recently concluded official visit to Washington, Obama’s decision to lift the remaining sanctions the United States imposed against the previous military regime’s human rights abuses dominated news coverage.

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Lieutenant General Anthony G. Crutchfield, Deputy Commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, will visit Myanmar to meet with senior Myanmar government officials, ethnic leaders, and local Myanmar youth from October 3 to 5.

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Heading into 2016, Myanmar was on pace to truly become the democratic Cinderella story of our time. After half a century of despotic military rule, it seemed as though dramatic reforms were taking place on a daily basis, from the signing of the first national ceasefire agreement in October 2015 to the first relatively free election a month later. While very positive steps have been taken, huge blind spots in the democracy still exist, particularly concerning the military’s influence in decision making.

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