Wednesday, October 26th, 2016


Amid a dearth of independently verifiable information coming out of heavily militarised northern Rakhine State, a report that hundreds of Muslims were recently forced from their village was met with twin denials yesterday.

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The United Wa State Army is seeking to allay fears that it has invaded the territory of its neighbouring ethnic armed group and ally.

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Footage of a comedy skit criticizing Burma’s de facto leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has gone viral and prompted the group responsible to defend the performance as “not an insult” but a bridge between the government and the people.

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In preparation for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25, women’s rights organizations are hosting a singing contest to raise community awareness about the issue.

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Burma has been listed in the top ten countries to visit in 2017 by renowned travel guide the Lonely Planet.

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The Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (Splinter DKBA), which splintered from the Democratic Karen Benevolent Army (DKBA), will only reunify with the Karen National Union (KNU) after the two groups have held successful meetings.

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Community opposition is mounting to cement production in Hpa-an Township, Kayin State. For the past three years, residents of 10 villages have banded together as the Thanlwin Network to counter the proposed expansion of the cement industry in the Myaing Kalay area, about two hours’ drive east of Hpa-an.

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Myanmar will re-introduce a more stringent permit system for citizens wishing to work abroad starting on January 1, 2017. The new system aims at stamping out exploitation of migrant workers by employment brokers, according to labour ministry officials.

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The National League for Democracy (NLD), Burma’s ruling party, began hearings on Monday in Naypyidaw for an ad hoc tribunal charged with investigating the dismissal and demotion of leading members of the NLD’s Shan State chapter by U Win Htein, a leading party member known for his abrasive style.

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Three border gates in eastern Shan State have been closed due to security concerns, according a representative of the Shan State government.

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Myanmar has improved its business regulatory environment over the past year through reforms on business registration and the enactment of a law that allows the establishment of a new credit bureau, finds the World Bank Group’s annual Doing Business report.

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President of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) Jin Liqun said here on Tuesday that the AIIB is looking forward to promoting infrastructure in Myanmar.

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Only some schools can reopen in Maungtaw District due to ongoing security concerns. Even though Thadingyut holiday period has ended, many school doors remain closed, state media reported.

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Myanmar is transitioning from military rule to democracy – a difficult project considering that the country has never been united. The difficulties of this transition date back to 1947 when the Panglong Agreement was reached, which formalised Myanmar’s independence from Britain. But while the Burmese military argued for a unitary state, ethnic minority groups wanted a choice of whether to remain or secede from the newly established Union of Burma.

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