Wednesday, October 19th, 2016


Food aid for more than 80,000 people in parts of northwest Myanmar has been suspended because of a military clampdown in the area, the World Food Programme said Wednesday.

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The government has launched a five-member team tasked with investigating the reason for the deadly sinking of the Aung Soe Moe Kyaw 2, a ferry that went under in Sagaing Region on October 15.

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A Thailand-based migrant rights group is suing senior figures from the Myanmar Overseas Employment Agencies Federation and the Ministry of Labour following accusations that the officials exploited the very workers they are meant to help.

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Campaigners and former prisoners have demanded the government amend the notorious Telecommunications Law, under which a number of Myanmar citizens have been prosecuted and jailed for “defamatory” social media posts.

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The Yangon assembly has split over a motion to bolster the region’s overstretched police force, voting narrowly in favour of a proposal to improve equipment and resources to the constabulary.

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Myanmar President Htin Kyaw’s statement blaming a little-known Rohingya militant group “Aqa Mul Mujahideen” for the recent attacks on Myanmar border outposts and its Pakistan links has not surprised Indian and Bangladesh intelligence.

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The government has agreed to four out of eight points demanded by the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) and accepted the remaining four points inprinciple and as a result, the Delegation for Political Negotiation (DPN) formed by the UNFC attended the framework review for political dialogue, state media reported on 19 October quoting U Zaw Htay, Deputy Director-General of the President’s Office.

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A Union Election Commission (UEC) dispute tribunal has dismissed the objection filed by former minister of Livestock, Fisheries and Rural Development U Ohn Myint against the electoral victory of the National League for Democracy (NLD) lawmaker Daw Aye Mya Mya Myo.

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For the 4th time running, Myanmar’s Ministry of Electricity & Energy is the official host of CMT’s 4th MOGP summit to be held at the Melia Yangon this November 17-18, according to a recent statement.

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A 300-bed drug rehabilitation centre in downtown Mandalay is one of four set to open this year in an effort to boost rehabilitation-focused medical treatment and counseling services for drug users, according to an official.

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India offered on Wednesday to provide help with energy and agriculture in response to a request from visiting Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi for cooperation in building infrastructure in her country.

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Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi made her first official visit to India since taking the reins of power in her country. Her official appearance began with the joint summit of BRICS and the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) on Oct. 16.

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Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu called Tuesday for humanitarian aid for Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar whom he described as living in “prison-like camps”.

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“Do not put your trust in man. Rather, trust the constitution that we will be drafting.” These were the very words that Bogyoke Aung San used to address the deep mistrust expressed by Shan, Kachin and Chin representatives about certain ethnic Bamar leaders when he persuaded them to sign the historic Panglong Agreement in February 1947.

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