Friday, October 7th, 2016


Military tensions arose unexpectedly between the United Wa State Army (UWSA) and its closest ally, the National Democratic Alliance Army (NDAA) better known as the Mongla Group, at the end of September.

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The Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) alleged that on Friday morning the Burma Army launched air strikes from four fighter jets on its armed wing, the Kachin Independence Army (KIA).

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Rangoon regional government is reviewing a ban on motorcycles in central areas of Burma’s commercial capital, the region’s transport minister told lawmakers during the regional legislative session of parliament on Thursday.

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A member of Myanmar’s ruling pro-democracy party has pressed charges against two villagers for insulting the government’s new leader Aung San Suu Kyi, a police officer said Friday (Oct 7).

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U Aung Kyaw Oo lives with four family members in a thatched bamboo shack that measures 12 feet by 14 feet. The hut floods during rainy season. Because it cannot be locked and burglaries are common on the main road where he lives, someone has to stay up every night to guard against thieves.

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The Arakan National Party will hold its next congress in early 2017, when it will reappoint central executive committee members following a party purge, an official said.

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For the first time, the government has explained its income and spending to the public. The Ministry of Planning and Finance has released a Citizens Budget.

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National League for Democracy MPs have been forced to reconcile their roles in supporting democracy with the machinations of governance following a chiding in which they were told to stop asking “tough questions”.

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A group of lower house lawmakers will send a letter to the Union government urging it to end recent hostilities between the Tatmadaw and ethnic armed groups as quickly as possible, in an apparent conflation of the National League for Democracy administration’s powers with those of the autonomous military.

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Burma’s progress in achieving gender equality was under the spotlight in Naypyidaw on Friday during a review of the country’s National Strategic Plan for the Advancement of Women.

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Burma’s trade deficit has reached US$1.73 billion in the National League for Democracy government’s first six months, beginning in April, significantly lower than the $2.24 billion deficit reached over the same six-month period last year.

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Myanmar’s most powerful ethnic armed group, accused by the United States of running a narco-empire that has flooded Asia with illegal drugs, has rejected the allegation, saying Washington has blacklisted its leaders for political reasons.

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Kanbawza Bank (KBZ Bank), Myanmar’s largest private bank, has opened a representative office in Singapore as part of efforts to expand its footprint into Southeast Asia. It already has an overseas base in Thailand and intends to open another representative office in Malaysia by the end of December.

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A recent report in Burmese state-run media indicating that Canadian officials have been having discussions with their Burmese counterparts regarding future military cooperation between the two countries has raised alarm bells among Karen and Kachin refugee communities in Canada.

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Myanmar’s rivers have great economic and historical significance. Trade and transport along the Ayeyarwady began as early as the sixth century and canals were built to cultivate rice by the 12th. The Ayeyarwady and many other rivers have supported various settlements along its banks, providing fresh water, natural resources and irrigation for agriculture.

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