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Buddhist nationalists secured a formal legislative victory on Friday with official passage of laws restricting religious conversion and banning polygamy, as the Union Parliament approved the controversial bills after accepting feedback from President Thein Sein.
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Burma has set a minimum wage of 3,600 kyat ($2.80) for an eight-hour work day, a move likely to boost investment in the fast-growing country’s garment industry.
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U Kyaw Thu founder and President of the Free Funeral Service Society (FFSS) was presented with the 2015 Ramon Magsaysay Award by President Benigno S. Aquino III today at the Cultural Centre of the Philippines.
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An office of the Civil Ceasefire Watch Committee for Ye Township, an independent ceasefire observation group was set up in Thiri Kaymar Ward, Ye Town on 24 August.
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Myanmar lawmakers on Friday held their last meetings at parliament as the body was suspended ahead of crucial general elections set to redraw the former junta-ruled nation’s political landscape.
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Surveying the tiny concrete cube where he must live with four relatives, Myanmar opposition MP Ohn Kyaing is once again reminded of his time as a political prisoner.
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Myanmar has banned political parties from criticizing the army or the military-dominated constitution in state media during campaigning for elections seen as a test of the country’s transition from military rule.
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National League for Democracy (NLD) spokesman U Nyan Win said that although political parties are allowed to air political broadcasts on radio and television, it is not free and there are restrictions.
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A prominent member of the National League for Democracy (NLD) claims the opposition party has succumbed to growing pressure from Buddhist nationalists by refusing to field a single Muslim candidate in Burma’s upcoming general elections.
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Burma’s Union Election Commission (UEC) pledged to make some changes to restrictive guidelines for reporters covering the November general election, according to the Interim Press Council.
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Indian security forces on Friday killed at least six suspected armed separatist rebels in the country’s insurgency-hit northeastern state of Nagaland, police said.
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Many people thought this would become one of the hottest new markets for American capital a few years ago, when the country began opening to the West after decades of military rule.
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APB-Alliance Brewing Company, part of the Heineken Company, has launched a brand new local beer called Regal Seven, according to a press release issued on August 28.
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Construction work has begun on Thai-Burmese Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Mae Sot, Tak province, with many additional labourers needed, according to the director of the construction work, Jyirot Puprasut.
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Recently halted after severe flooding that inundated swathes of the country, Burma will resume rice exports as scheduled from mid-September, the country’s rice federation said on Monday.
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Inle Lake, one of Burma’s most well-known attractions, is framed in part by the lush-looking surrounds of the Shan mountain range.But on closer inspection, what appears to be the green of forest is mainly hardy bush and grass, dotted with a few small trees.
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Locals from the Parlain Region of Ye Township in Mon State urged the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) to halt the Toyo Thai Corp. coal-fired power project planned for near Anndin Village in Ye Township.
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Thai Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha and Burmese Commander-in-Chief Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing discussed the current relationship between the two countries during a meeting in Bangkok on Thursday.
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From September 3-5, Assistant Secretary Russel will travel to Naypyidaw and Rangoon, Burma to meet with senior Burmese government officials, Aung San Suu Kyi, and civil society. While there, he will discuss preparations for the general elections that will be held on November 8, express U.S. support for the ongoing peace process, and encourage further progress on human rights issues.
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In the middle of a hot April night, Arkar and two friends were sleeping in their trishaws on central Rangoon’s Hledan Road when they were suddenly woken up and arrested by police.
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