Tuesday, October 25th, 2016


The code red weather alert has been lifted for the Ayayawady Delta and the southern part of the Rakhine Coast, but the weather bureau says severe weather, including rain and flooding, is still likely, state media reported on 25 October.

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Two weeks after a series of deadly attacks on border guard posts in northern Rakhine State left the region reeling, authorities say the whereabouts of Muslim residents who fled following the assault remain unknown.

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A coal-fired power plant in southern Shan State that was shut down two years ago due to residents’ complaints may be reopening, despite the opposition of the local community, villagers say. They are already accusing local officials of breaking their promises.

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State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi reassured some of Burma’s most prominent tycoons that their place in Burma’s economy and society was secure, so long as they backed government policy, left themselves open to scrutiny, and “worked for others.”

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Burma’s President Office spokesperson has denied accusations of human rights violations being carried out by security forces in northern Arakan State, saying, “we haven’t done anything lawless.”

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Several dozen residents in the town of Mongyang, including government workers, have fled south to Kengtung, the administrative capital of eastern Shan State, fearing the outbreak of fighting as tensions flare between the Burma Army and the United Wa State Army (UWSA).

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Hundreds of Rohingya villagers are facing a second night hiding in rice fields without shelter, after the army on Sunday forcibly removed them from a village in a crackdown following attacks on border security forces.

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Secretary of the former ruling party U Kyaw Kyaw Htay said yesterday that the Union Election Commission is failing to cooperate with the media. The criticism was levelled at the election staging body during a meeting between the UEC and political parties in Nay Pyi Taw.

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Burma’s Union Election Commission (UEC) is to conduct a “door-to-door” update of the voter list in 19 constituencies where by-elections will be held on April 1.

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The first, voluntary repatriation of 68 Burmese refugees from camps along the Thai-Burmese border began on Tuesday with the United Nations refugee agency UNHCR calling the movement a “milestone” while underscoring it would not lead to an exodus.

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A consortium with links to a Burmese company previously on the US blacklist and including an international energy company affiliated with the former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright will work to alleviate Rangoon’s electricity woes.

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A 10-year program will seek to undo some of the damage that years of unchecked logging has done to the nation’s woodlands through the cultivation of so-called “forest farms”, Forestry Department director general U Myo Min has said.

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Over the past 20 years we have witnessed huge changes in the country. But this year, we have perhaps the biggest change of all with the move to a democratically elected government. There can be no doubt that the National League for Democracy earned a huge mandate from the people.

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U Khin Shwe, chairman of the Zaykabar Group of Companies and former Union Solidarity and Development Party parliamentarian in the military-backed government, spoke to The Irrawaddy about his perspective on the newly enacted Myanmar Investment Law—approved by both houses of Parliament and signed by President U Htin Kyaw—and new economic policies released by the National League for Democracy government.

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