Inside Burma


Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Sunday called on her party to push for a landslide victory at the general elections slated for later this year, as she celebrated her birthday with supporters.
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Burma’s Union Election Commission (UEC) on Friday urged government departments, political parties, civil society groups and members of the public to assist in correcting irregularities in the voter lists for the upcoming general election.
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Myanmar wants to boost its food and hospitality standards to serve growing demand from international tourists, who are expected to number 5 million this year.
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Police in Burma’s second largest city have filed a lawsuit against a contractor at construction site where a scaffolding collapse left two workers dead and 18 in hospital on Saturday.
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Local gold prices reached a 27-year peak on Wednesday, following the continued weakening of the kyat against the US dollar, industry sources said.
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Thirty-seven persons in Burma have died of dengue fever so far this year, according to the Ministry of Health, which warned that the rate of infection in the first half of 2015 is double that of the same period last year.
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After Thailand confirmed its first case of Midde East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) on Friday, Burma’s Ministry of Health has ordered an increase in medical screenings for foreign arrivals at border checkpoints.
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Bangladesh yesterday urged Myanmar to send back a soldier from the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) but Myanmar authorities said it will take legal action against him for entering its territory illegally, the Gulf Times reported on 22 June.
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The second EU-Myanmar Human Rights Dialogue was held in Nay Pyi Taw on 18 June 2015 according to an official joint statement on 18 June. A Civil Society Forum preceded the Dialogue on 17 June in Yangon, where the human rights situation in both the EU and Myanmar was discussed with civil society and human rights defenders, as well as by bilateral meetings with various stakeholders.
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Nobel Peace Laureate and former President of Timor Leste Jose Ramos-Horta has urged Myanmar to do more to address the Rohingya issue reported Channel News Asia on 21 June.
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To this day, Burma’s military wields great power. The root of the dominance of the institution also known as the Tatmadaw, which considers itself to be the only stabilising force in the country, lies in the country’s 2008 Constitution.
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I recall vividly the first time I saw a tablet computer in this country. It was early 2011 in Myitkyina and the Tatmadaw’s Northern Command was flexing its muscles, a prelude to the new Kachin war.
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On Monday fighting broke out between the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and Burmese army forces, continuing for two full days.
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Burma’s Union Parliament passed a controversial bill amending the National Education Law on Thursday but failed to honor several commitments that lawmakers had made with student activists earlier this year.
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Some of the practices of Myanmar’s dictatorship have eased in recent years: Political prisoners have been released, censorship of news media has been lifting, and the erstwhile empty roads of the country’s largest cities are now jammed with imported cars.
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Thirty-seven migrants were deported from western Burma to Bangladesh on Friday, as nearly 600 others remain in shelters near the border, according to officials.
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Two police officers were injured by a bomb blast in Hpakant on Wednesday night, following renewed conflict in the jade-rich area of northern Burma’s Kachin State.
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Myanmar has undergone political reform over the past few years, led by President Thein Sein, a former military commander who has adopted a more moderate stance concerning the country’s political system.
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Village chairman, Arker- Hnin Ka-Yok and twenty locals who oppose the coal-fired power plant in Inn Din Village, Ye Township, were taken to Ye Town police station for questioning on 13 June.
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The United Wa State Army (UWSA) and the Burma Army yesterday reached an agreement after a 15-day stand-off, caused because the Burma Army seized freshly felled UWSA timber in Mongton township, opposite Chiang Mai’s Chiang Dao district on 2 June, according to sources.
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