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On the second day of their plenary meeting in the Kachin State town of Maijayang, representatives of 17 of Burma’s main ethnic armed groups agreed on a list of eight basic principles that they say will be the foundation of a future federal union in Burma.

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Despite somewhat confusing attempts to suspend it, Burma’s Ethnic Youth Conference in Shan State went ahead on Tuesday in Panlong, the historic site of the 1947 peace deal between independence leader Aung San and ethnic rebel groups.

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A local Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) coordinator in Pegu Division has been charged for broadcasting profanity on a loudspeaker directed at Burmese President Htin Kyaw and State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi.

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Villages in Sagaing Division’s Kalewa Township along the Chindwin River are now experiencing a shortage of clean drinking water amid floods inundating homes and sullying water sources, according to local residents.

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A Rangoon Division parliamentary committee has recommended that the divisional government rescind modification orders delivered earlier this month to eight high-rise construction projects, after the developers petitioned the committee for a review.

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ON economic policy, the new government has kept its plans close to its chest. A broad economic plan has been promised and sources familiar with the policy say it is complete but yet to be made public.

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The names of some 600 foreign and Burmese nationals were removed from Burma’s blacklist, the Ministry of Labor, Immigration and Population told The Irrawaddy on Thursday.

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40 border based civil society organisations (CSOs) have sent an open letter to Aung San Suu Kyi calling for the restoration of their original Myanmar citizenship and to let them participate in the transition to a federal democratic country.

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Taking the cue from India, Bangladesh has decided to fence its borders with Myanmar using barbed wires to prevent terrorist infiltration and smuggling of goods.

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Due to heavy rains in northern Shan State and increased scrutiny from Chinese officials, Burmese traders who typically sell unsanctioned goods in China have been stuck in the border town of Muse, unable to offload their products, sources said.

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Myanmar aims to attract more foreign investment over the next five years than under the previous government, Finance Minister Kyaw Win told The Nikkei in a recent interview.

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A recent cholera outbreak in Pyay District of Pegu Division is now under control, according to Pegu Division Chief Minister Win Thein.

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India has asked Myanmar to act against four top leaders of the Sagaing-based National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khaplang (NSCN-K), including its chief S.S. Khaplang, accused of the ambush on an army convoy in Manipur in June last year in which 18 soldiers were killed, TheHindu reported on 28 July.

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Salai Lian Hmung Sakhong is the vice president of the Chin National Front, a rebel group from western Myanmar that signed the Nationwide Ceasefire Accord (NCA) with the government in September 2015, together with seven other ethnic armed groups.

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On the second day of a summit in Mai Ja Yang, Kachin State, ethnic armed group leaders discussed a draft constitution which proposes a single Burman state within a federal union.

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Four ethnic armed organisations including the largest, the United Wa State Party (UWSP), did not attend the first day of the four-day plenary meeting of Ethnic Armed Organizations (EAOs) which began yesterday and was attended by 17 EAOs.

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Dozens of villages remain empty in Kyaukme Township, a tea-growing area in northern Shan State where fighting erupted in February. The displacement of thousands of residents by the fighting has disrupted the tea harvest, from June to December. From January to April the plantations are prepared for the next harvest. Tea dominates the area’s economy and many tea growers, and their workers, are worried about their livelihoods.

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Compensation would be given to locals whose farmlands or fruit tree plantations were affected by the two power cable projects from Myawady to Mawlamyaing and Myawady to Kawkareik.

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The former deputy chairman of the Arakan Liberation Party, Khine Myo Tun, appeared at Sittwe township court for the first time today since he was arrested for allegedly accusing the Burmese army of committing war crimes in western Burma.

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The Department of Rural Development (DRD) has allocated 12 billion kyat (US$10.1 million) for use as loans to rural villages across western Burma’s Arakan State under the Mya Sein Yaung micro-finance scheme.

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