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A Burmese students union leader has vowed to reignite education law protests following a parliamentary decision to amend the law without incorporating changes promised during four-way talks in February.
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Armed conflict in Kachin and parts of Shan State continues, despite ongoing ceasefire talks between the Burma Government and ethnic armed groups, as the toll on civilians grows.
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The Association for the Protection of Race and Religion claimed on the weekend that senior military figures have promised to halt or substantially alter five high-rise developments near Shwedagon Pagoda.
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A proposal to retrofit Burma’s antiquated Penal Code—drafted in 1860 and last amended in 1974—has been submitted to the Union Parliament and published for public review, calling for fine adjustments and a handful of other minor changes related to terminology, election campaigning and rape.
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The Rangoon Division Parliament has voted to approve the Greater Yangon Strategic Development Plan, which will establish seven new satellite towns over the next 25 years to accommodate the city’s booming population.
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Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Sunday called on her party to push for a landslide victory at the general elections slated for later this year, as she celebrated her birthday with supporters.
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Burma’s Union Election Commission (UEC) on Friday urged government departments, political parties, civil society groups and members of the public to assist in correcting irregularities in the voter lists for the upcoming general election.
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Myanmar wants to boost its food and hospitality standards to serve growing demand from international tourists, who are expected to number 5 million this year.
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Police in Burma’s second largest city have filed a lawsuit against a contractor at construction site where a scaffolding collapse left two workers dead and 18 in hospital on Saturday.
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Local gold prices reached a 27-year peak on Wednesday, following the continued weakening of the kyat against the US dollar, industry sources said.
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Thirty-seven persons in Burma have died of dengue fever so far this year, according to the Ministry of Health, which warned that the rate of infection in the first half of 2015 is double that of the same period last year.
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After Thailand confirmed its first case of Midde East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) on Friday, Burma’s Ministry of Health has ordered an increase in medical screenings for foreign arrivals at border checkpoints.
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Bangladesh yesterday urged Myanmar to send back a soldier from the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) but Myanmar authorities said it will take legal action against him for entering its territory illegally, the Gulf Times reported on 22 June.
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Hundreds of Myanmar refugees held a protest at the UNHCR, the United Nations agency for refugees, office in New Delhi on 19 June, demanding basic resettlement rights as guaranteed by the United Nations according to the daijiworld.com news portal on 19 June.
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The second EU-Myanmar Human Rights Dialogue was held in Nay Pyi Taw on 18 June 2015 according to an official joint statement on 18 June. A Civil Society Forum preceded the Dialogue on 17 June in Yangon, where the human rights situation in both the EU and Myanmar was discussed with civil society and human rights defenders, as well as by bilateral meetings with various stakeholders.
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Nobel Peace Laureate and former President of Timor Leste Jose Ramos-Horta has urged Myanmar to do more to address the Rohingya issue reported Channel News Asia on 21 June.
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While most Australians were happily tucking into bacon and eggs on Saturday morning, Jade Horrobin was finishing off the last of her week’s rations.
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To this day, Burma’s military wields great power. The root of the dominance of the institution also known as the Tatmadaw, which considers itself to be the only stabilising force in the country, lies in the country’s 2008 Constitution.
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I recall vividly the first time I saw a tablet computer in this country. It was early 2011 in Myitkyina and the Tatmadaw’s Northern Command was flexing its muscles, a prelude to the new Kachin war.
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On Monday fighting broke out between the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and Burmese army forces, continuing for two full days.
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