Wednesday, October 12th, 2016


A Contingent of Union cabinet officials were joined by Myanmar’s chief of police and the Rakhine State chief minister for a meeting yesterday with Rakhine elders and local political parties in Sittwe as the northern part of their state continues to reel from a deadly assault on border security posts this week.

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Four Myanmar fishermen who were enslaved on Thai fishing boats and later abandoned on remote Indonesian islands have recounted how they again became trapped on a trawler – this time in their home country.

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About 500 residents of Bawlakhe township, Kayah State, yesterday protested plans to build a dam on Pwunchaung Stream, as water and soil examination continues.

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Local Muslim organizations have slammed recent attacks on police outposts on the Bangladeshi border in Arakan State’s Maungdaw Township, calling them “destructive” to the peace and stability of the country.

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“Have you been to the national library?” asks San Mon Aung. The author and local publisher at WE publishing house and NDSP Books sits opposite me, on the edge of his stool, leaning his elbows on the table supporting his animated hands as he talks. It’s only 10 minutes into the interview and already the tables have turned and he’s the one asking questions.

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Burma’s State Counselor and Foreign Affairs Minister Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said on Wednesday that she would not accuse any individual or organization before obtaining evidence regarding the culprits of the recent violent attack in Arakan State.

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The end of long-standing U.S. sanctions on Myanmar companies linked to the former military government is cause for celebration in both countries, opening up a slew of previously off-limits business and investment opportunities.

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The National League for Democracy (NLD) Central Executive Committee (CEC) will launch an internal investigation into the controversial expulsion and demotions of senior Shan State NLD leaders, party spokesperson U Win Htein told The Irrawaddy.

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US President Obama’s recent announcement lifting all sanctions on Burma has been welcomed by many in the country’s business community, including those in the gems industry.

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Foreign investment policy will be announced this month after President Htin Kyaw passes a revamped Myanmar Investment Law, according to secretary of the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) U Aung Naing Oo.

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Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein has been promoted to the upper echelons of the National League for Democracy leadership, according to a statement released yesterday evening.

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The upper house Speaker is calling for a more lax handling of itinerant jade scavengers after a spate of recent arrests led to public outcry and protests.

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The Burmese government’s peace parley, dubbed “the 21st Century Panglong”, in Naypyidaw at the end of August was hardly over before the Tatmadaw went on the offensive again.

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In the immediate aftermath of last Sunday’s attacks on security forces in northern Arakan State’s Maungdaw Township, rumours, accusations and outright propaganda quickly crowded out what little was actually known about the situation.

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Burma’s Union Election Commission announced on Tuesday that by-elections for 18 vacant seats in the Union and regional parliaments would be held on April 1 next year.

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Around 90 residents of the Nu Po refugee camp in western Thailand have signed up for official repatriation to Burma.

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