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The number of severely malnourished children has spiked in northern Rakhine state in Myanmar, a European Union agency said, after floods six months ago dealt a new blow to an area home to a persecuted population with little access to basic services.
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Five student activists from Mandalay Division’s Myingyan Township were sentenced to nine months in prison on Thursday and released immediately, having already served more time behind bars than their sentences required while awaiting a verdict.
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In a rare bright spot for ethnic political parties, Arakanese politicians from two camps managed to patch up their differences ahead of Burma’s 2015 election and merge into one political entity, the Arakan National Party (ANP), which proved to be the country’s best-performing ethnic electoral force in the Nov. 8 poll. Less than three months on, however, that Arakanese unity appears strained as jockeying continues over precisely what form Burma’s new political order will take.
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Arakan State Chief Minister U Mra Aung has said that Arakanese nationals who were displaced by fighting between the Burma Army and the Arakan Army, will not be shifted without their consent.
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The bodies of five jade scavengers killed in the latest landslide in the mines of Kachin State’s Hpakant were recovered on Thursday, according to the town’s hospital.
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President Thein Sein hailed the “triumph” of Myanmar’s transition of power Thursday, in a last address to a military-dominated parliament before it makes way for a historic new legislature led by Aung San Suu Kyi’s pro-democracy party.
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The pro-democracy party in Myanmar led by Aung San Suu Kyi announced ethnically diverse choices Thursday for leadership of the legislature as it prepares to take over the government from a military-backed party after parliament convenes Monday.
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When leaders of Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy huddled this month to discuss the transfer of power in Burma, they quickly reached decisions on who from the party should take the key posts in the next parliament.
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On the penultimate sitting day of the outgoing Parliament, lawmakers voted to approve the Presidential Security Bill that guarantees lifetime personal security and legal immunity for former heads of state.
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Burma’s Union Parliament decided on Thursday not to approve a proposal from outgoing President Thein Sein to bring immigration matters under the authority of the military-controlled Home Affairs Ministry, as lawmakers opted not to consider the bureaucratic reshuffle with less than two days until their terms end.
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After years of back and forth, the Banks and Financial Institutions Law of Myanmar has been passed by parliament and is now awaiting the president’s signature, with banks to face more stringent rules on raising paid-up capital and on reserve requirements.
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The Rule of Law Committee led by Aung San Suu Kyi urged the incoming Lower House to involve parliament representatives in combating corruption by forming an independent anti-corruption body to monitor the courts.
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With world oil prices sinking, the Myanmar Petroleum Traders Association (MPTA)has urged the country’s gasoline retailers to slash prices.
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The Kayin State government has given a little-known company permission to build a major low-cost housing project near Hpa-an, after more than a year of due diligence.
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The ban on barter has almost shut down overland trade with India, local merchants say. Since the popular barter system was suspended at the Myanmar-India border post of Tamu, cross-border trade has slumped.
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Defunct Yangon car sales centres are causing headaches for the Ministry of Commerce. Businesses are failing to formally report closures, leaving the ministry with an out-of-date registry on which two-thirds of listed sales centres no longer exist.
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Myanmar’s public and private sectors have been urged to put greater focus on the quality of university and vocational education to address the acute shortage of qualified workers faced by both local and foreign companies.
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A Burmese company, backed by the Chinese government is preparing to test mineral sands on the Arakan coast to see if they can be used to produce Titanium and Aluminium.
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The construction of a controversial 12-storey building in the compound of Yangon General Hospital in downtown Yangon will go ahead as planned, according to the Ministry of Health.
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Exactly two weeks after knocking offline almost 300 Thai Courts of Justice websites, hackers associated with the Anonymous collective have taken out 20 Corrections Department prison sites, continuing their cyber crusade against the death sentences given to two Myanmar men for the murder of two British tourists on Koh Tao.
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