Monday, October 10th, 2016


At least 24 people were believed on Monday to have died in western Myanmar after unknown assailants attacked police outposts on Sunday near the border with Bangladesh.

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Activists conducted a campaign in Yangon yesterday calling for the stopping of armed conflicts in Myanmar and a probe into the case where one child was killed and others injured due to shelling.

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In 2010, Police Sergeant Ko Oo led an operation against an alcohol shop on the outskirts of Yangon, in the city’s northern district. The shop was licensed to sell zay ayet – a clear, locally-made potent spirit that is drunk by many because it costs just K500 for a 700-millilitre bottle – but had been breaching the terms of its permit by selling other types as well.

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Support for a new Red Shan state could complicate government efforts to end ethnic-based armed conflict and to look beyond the 2008 constitution at the possible future shape of the country, analysts believe.

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Factory workers in Mandalay yesterday protested recent dismissals of a number of union members in what they claim was an attempt to dismantle the influence of labour unions in their workplaces.

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At a press conference following the conclusion of the second regular sitting of the Pyithu Hluttaw on October 7, Speaker U Win Myint instructed lower house lawmakers to be mindful of the separation of powers in government.

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Labour laws could soon get an overhaul, with rights groups pushing the government to add harsher penalties for inveterate lawbreaking employers, including potential jail time.

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In Burma’s general election in November 2015, many ethnic Kachin voted in support of the National League for Democracy (NLD) based on party leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s promises of change. They believed that she would stand with them and speak on their behalf against the social and political discrimination endured during decades of military dictatorship.

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