Inside Burma


The rector of Yangon University has confirmed he will be retiring at the end of this month, edged out by civil service regulations just prior to an anticipated overhaul of the education system under the amended National Education Law.
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The Myanmar government launched a five-year long-term conservation plan on Tuesday for Inle Lake, which was recently designated as a UNESCO biosphere reserve.
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Burma’s President Thein Sein should refuse to sign into law the discriminatory interfaith marriage bill passed by parliament on July 7, 2015, Human Rights Watch said today. The bill targets Buddhist women who marry – or seek to marry – non-Buddhist men and introduces vaguely defined acts against Buddhism as grounds for divorce, forfeiture of custody and matrimonial property, and potential criminal penalties.
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The estranged wife of Burma’s best-known ‘crony’ Tay Za has been removed from The United States Treasury’s list of Special Designated Nationals, known commonly as the “US Blacklist”.
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A controversial Burmese marriage bill is discriminatory and risks undermining democratic progress, the European Union (EU) said, after parliament passed the legislation this week in another sign of hardline Buddhist nationalist influence.
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Beijing’s recent courting of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was deliberate and well-calculated. At a time when the political maneuvering in Myanmar is heating up ahead of elections later this year, “The Lady” flew to Beijing in June to meet Chinese president Xi Jinping in the Great Hall of the People.
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Ma Ba Tha is proving to be one of the most effective groups in Burma at extracting concessions from the quasi-civilian government.
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For 17 months, negotiations between the government and the ethnic armed organisations (EAOs) sought to reach a nationwide ceasefire agreement for Myanmar. Negotiations must continue until a way toward peace is found.
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A dozen young women sit on the curb outside a garment factory in Hlaing Tharyar township, holding brightly coloured umbrellas as shelter from the midday sun.
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A lawyer representing two Burmese migrant workers standing accused of murder in Thailand said that the testimonies given by prosecution witnesses on Wednesday were inconsistent.
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Senior Burmese government official Aung Thaung has been airlifted to Singapore for emergency medical treatment after suffering a severe stroke.
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The fighting in Karen State between the Democratic Karen Benevolent Army (DKBA) and Burma Army continued as negotiations to stop the fighting failed.
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A second raft of proposed constitutional amendments largely met the same fate as a first set of changes put to Parliament last month, with unelected military lawmakers again exercising their effective veto power on Wednesday to block efforts to reform the controversial charter.
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MP Khin Maung Nyo from the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) has submitted an urgent proposal to parliament, urging the government not to change to the retirement age of civil servants, keeping the age of retirement at 60.
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Burmese President Thein Sein vowed on Thursday to “try” to carry out free and fair elections, which will be held later this year.
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While some importers follow the rules and set up their own lots, others simply park their wares in empty spots on the street or other public areas until they are able to make a deal.
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Five members of the Tavoy University Students Union were sentenced on Wednesday to either one month in prison or a 30,000-kyat (US$30) fine for their involvement in an education law protests earlier this year.
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A controversial Myanmar marriage bill is discriminatory and risks undermining democratic progress, the EU said, after parliament passed the legislation this week in another sign of hardline Buddhist nationalist influence.
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Majority Leader Mitch McConnell took to the Senate floor Thursday morning to express frustration about the pace of change in Myanmar.
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Myanmar’s parliament is “playing with fire” by passing a bill regulating the right of women from the country’s Buddhist majority to marry men from outside their religion, an international human rights group said Wednesday according to a report by ABC on 8 July.
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