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Five activists have been sentenced to four months each in prison by the Ahlone township court under Article-18 of the Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Procession Law. The group had previously been sentenced to over four years in prison each, under various charges connected to a protest in front of the Chinese embassy in Rangoon in December last year.
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The Yangon Region Parliament yesterday rejected a proposal from MP Daw Nyo Nyo Thin to discuss the use of state school students at ceremonies not related to education.
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Agro-Laboratories that will help Myanmar become the “food bank of Japan” will be completed next month. Nine labs being built by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) on the campus of Nay Pyi Taw’s Yezin Agricultural University will be completed by the end of September, said university rector U Myo Kywel on August 10.
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It was a dreary Saturday morning in July. Downtown Yangon was in the grip of its notorious monsoon season, yet in a white, spacious room on the 11th floor of a high-rise building, some three dozen young men sat huddled in groups, oblivious to the unrelenting rain and wind outside.
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A court hearing took place at Tharawaddy township court on Tuesday for education reform activists detained in a police crackdown in Letpadan, Pegu Division, in March.
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The Thayarwaddy Township Court on Tuesday rejected a case against two police officers involved in the arrest of more than 100 student activists and their supporters earlier this year, according to the lawyer that brought charges against the pair.
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The backers of the Yangon Stock Exchange are putting together a crash course to introduce it to the public. Dr Maung Maung Thein, chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Myanmar, said in the coming months, various stakeholders will be given a look at how the systems behind the exchange work.
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Plans to open a psychology clinic and training centre, the first of its kind in Myanmar, at the Psychology Department of Yangon University are going ahead despite a lack of funding from local or foreign donors.
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The Myanmar Human Rights Commission (MHRC) on Monday met with a group of students who were victims of a high-profile crackdown earlier this year on education reform protestors in Letpadan, Pegu Division, a week after the commission released a statement in response to a complaint lodged by the Myanmar Lawyers’ Network.
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Outgoing Yangon University rector U Aung Thu says he has accepted an offer from the National League for Democracy to join the party and contest the November elections.
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Coincidentally, an International Conference on Burma/Myanmar Studies is being held in Chiang Mai on 24 to 26 July as the city plays host to the ethnic armed organisations (EAOs) meeting to discuss the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) from 25 to 27 July.
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About 25 young schoolchildren in white and green uniforms stand face to face in the classroom. They point at each other enthusiastically as they practice the personal pronouns “You” and “I” while their teacher patiently provides corrections and encouragement.
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Local and foreign students at Yangon’s International Theravada Buddhist Missionary University (ITBMU) will be able to stay at a new K490 million dormitory, the university authorities announced on July 15.
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Burma’s Government is intensifying intimidation and arrest of student activists as a nationwide election nears on November 8, 2015.
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It’s 9am on a Tuesday, and the usual noisiness that accompanies school mornings rings out across the village of Do Ki Ta.
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The delegates from the International University of Health and Welfare (IUHW) of Japan are visiting Ulaanbaatar at the cooperation request from the Mongolian National University of Medical Sciences (MNUMS).
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The United States is concerned over continued reports of arrests and excessive prison terms handed down to peaceful protesters under Article 18 of the Peaceful Assembly and Processions Act according to a statement from the US Embassy in Yangon on 16 July.
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Two student leaders charged with protesting illegally and inciting public alarm attended their first hearing on Wednesday at two Rangoon township courts, where the accused declined the presiding judge’s bail offer on grounds that their prosecution is unjust.
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A judge has granted bail to 10 student activists and two supporters detained at Letpadan during protests against the National Education Law in March. Bail was set at K10 million at yesterday’s hearing in Bago Region’s Tharyarwady township.
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As Burma moves towards nationwide elections on November 8, the quasi-civilian government is intensifying its crackdown on student activists, who have long served as critical voices and barometers of the public mood.
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