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Malaysia and Indonesia have vowed to turn back any boats carrying migrants that enter their waters, as the UN calls for “a massive international search and rescue operation” in the Andaman Sea and Straits of Malacca.
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Thousands of people, both Muslim Rohingyas fleeing persecution in Myanmar and Bangladeshis seeking jobs in Malaysia, have been abandoned at sea recently in Southeast Asia by smugglers fearing arrest as Thailand cracks down on human traffickers. At least 8,000 people are in peril, yet the Southeast Asian nations off whose shores they drift have been reluctant to save them.
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Which should come first: the nationwide ceasefire or political dialogue? This is not a chicken-and-egg question. We are having this debate because the politics of the 2015 elections are impacting the peace process.
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It’s been more than a decade since Zoya Phan, fleeing persecution by the Burma Army, sought and gained asylum in Britain, but the activist says her fight for human rights and democracy in the Southeast Asian nation continues from afar. The London-based campaign manager of Burma Campaign UK, Zoya Phan joined the organization after attending university in the United Kingdom. Her studies followed years as a refugee along the Thai-Burma border. (more…)

Purchasing gold has long been a way for Myanmar people to accrue secure savings, particularly in the absence of an efficient banking system. Today the gold market remains steady in a country with still-limited access to financial services. U Kyaw Win is the secretary of the Myanmar Gold Entrepreneurs Association, senior vice president of the Myanmar Gold Development Public Company and the owner of the U Htone gold shop. In this interview, he offers his assessment of the local gold market.
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Several thousand civilians have returned to their villages in and near the Kokang region in recent weeks but a renewed offensive by government forces close to Myanmar’s border with China has prompted another exodus of refugees, the World Food Programme (WFP) said yesterday.
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A court hearing into the death of a journalist while in military custody in October 2014 heard testimony from his widow yesterday, but was overshadowed by the revelation that the soldiers who shot him had already been acquitted by a military tribunal last year.
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Irrawaddy Division police officers have arrested 14 ethnic Rohingya alongside 12 other people suspected of bringing them from a relief camp in the Arakan State capital of Sittwe to Thabaung Township.
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Three Myanmar Red Cross Society (MRCS) volunteers who were victims of ambushes on aid convoys in February in northeast Burma will receive the Presidential Award for Excellent Performance on Friday.
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A gold smuggling ring operating between Myanmar and India has been busted according to reports in the New Indian Express. The smugglers had been bringing in crude gold bars from Myanmar through the Moreh transit point by road and then flying from Imphal to either Kolkata or Delhi and then on to their fencing destination, Chennai – nearly 3212 kilometres away from the Burmese border. Apparently, the smugglers employed by the gang carried the contraband in their rectums for the length of the long journey.
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An elected Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) member has attacked the Myanmar Ports Authority (MPA) on his Facebook site for renting out a prime location to a retired army officer at a knockdown rate. (more…)

Non-Buddhist men may face two years in prison or a 1.5 million kyat (US$1,500) fine, or both, if found to have violated the controversial Buddhist Women’s Marriage Bill, which is currently awaiting a second approval in Burma’s upper house.
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ActionAid Myanmar (AAM) will host a post-budget round table discussion on 24th May,2015 from 9.00 to 12.30 at the UMFCCI function Hall according to a recent press release.
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Along with the increase in the world rubber price and the dollar appreciation, the domestic rubber price has jumped to Ks700 (US$0.7) per pound, a year high, according to Myanmar Rubber Planters and Producers Association.
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The first coal fired power station in Arakan State will be built in Kyauk Phyu Township according to the Arakan State Government. The power plant will be built by the Daewoo International Corporation and the MCM Energy Company Limited. Officials from the companies explained their plans to local people at an event on 6 May.
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Highway Holdings Limited has announced that it has purchased an additional 50 percent ownership interest in a Myanmar entity that operates a 15,000 sq. ft. manufacturing and assembly factory that the company has utilized for more than two years under a subcontracting arrangement. The company previously held a 25 percent ownership interest in this Myanmar entity according to a company press release.
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A juvenile who was among the education activists arrested in the police crackdown on protestors in Letpadan on 10 March has been released on bail.
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The Myanmar Border police seized 570,000 Yaba methamphetamine tablets at Maungdaw Township in western Burma on 5 May 2015, said a police source.
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The number of smuggled migrants stranded on Malaysian and Indonesian shores continues to climb as boats are abandoned or forced to reroute amid Thailand’s latest crackdown on the human trafficking trade, officials and migration experts said yesterday.
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A boat carrying hundreds of migrants from Burma and Bangladesh has been towed out of Indonesian waters, a navy spokesman said on Tuesday, but it remains unclear where the vessel is destined next.
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