Inside Burma

Crime rates are surging in Yangon Region, with the number of reported murders and robberies already surpassing the numbers for all of last year, according to the Yangon Region police. (more…)

A group of 11 activists in Magwe Division, who are being sued in connection with a rally they held in favour of changing Burma’s constitution, had their hearing postponed again on Monday when the plaintiff failed to appear in court. (more…)

A survey will be conducted in 108 townships across Myanmar by late November to collect information in order to set a minimum wage level for workers, Ko Naw Aung, a member of the committee in charge, told Mizzima. (more…)

Four civilians including a 12-year-old boy were killed and several wounded when a mortar bomb hit a crowded road in conflict-hit eastern Myanmar, witnesses and police said on October 12. (more…)

Civil society representatives urged corporate and government stakeholders to take additional measures in preparation for implementing the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), a resource revenue reporting protocol. (more…)

Similar to other camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Arakan State, tales of suffering are in no short supply here in Myebon, where the displaced have languished in hardscrabble living conditions for nearly two years. (more…)

Protestors from Michaungkan began a hunger strike at Maha Bandula Park on Wednesday calling for the release of Sein Than, a community leader from the eastern Rangoon village who was arrested and jailed for staging an unauthorised protest in July. (more…)

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha arrived in Myanmar on October 9 in his first overseas foray since grabbing power in a coup, as he seeks to redouble economic ties with the kingdom’s emerging neighbour. (more…)

Though calm has returned to Myawaddy, Kayin State, the army is on alert and traffic from other towns is still down from normal levels. After a series of armed clashes, troops searched homes and vehicles for weapons. (more…)

Chin national organizations have agreed to amend some sections of the out-dated Chin Special Division Act at a meeting held at the National Brotherhood Federation Office in Yangon’s Lanmadaw Township October 8. (more…)

Plans are underway to set up a health insurance scheme for Myanmar citizens that will launch early next year, Deputy Finance Minister Dr Maung Maung Thein told Mizzima in a telephone interview October 7. (more…)

The antiquated Pansodan Jetty and ferries are about to be replaced by a new jetty and three 1,000-seat double-decker ferries at the end of November. (more…)

Myanmar wants to resurrect old contracts with European airlines allowing direct flights, even though the country’s airports are not yet equipped to handle the potential increase in customers. (more…)

A senior monk from the Committee for the Protection of Nationality and Religion – better known as Ma Ba Tha – could face criminal charges after he tried to snatch a camera from the hand of the relative of a defendant in a court case, prompting a scuffle between monks and supporters of the defendant. (more…)

Less than two weeks after being convicted of rioting in a Sittwe court, Muslim community leader U Kyaw Hla Aung was released under a presidential amnesty on October 7. (more…)

Political prisoner and human rights groups say they are disappointed with the latest amnesty, which saw only one confirmed political prisoner freed. (more…)

A group of Burmese NGOs on Thursday urged Burma and Thailand to address the complaints of local communities in southern Burma over a lack of adequate consultation and compensation during the initial phase of the Dawei Special Economic Zone (SEZ). (more…)

Authorities sealed off villages in Myanmar’s only Muslim-majority region and in some cases beat and arrested people who refused to register with immigration officials, residents and activists say, in what may be the most aggressive effort yet to force Rohingya to indicate they are illegal migrants from neighboring Bangladesh. (more…)

BNI has learnt that since 29th September the Chin state government has temporarily forbidden publication of the Chin (Lai) language newspaper The Hakha Post Newspaper, which is normally published in Hakha, the capital of Chin State. (more…)

Taunggyi, the capital of Shan State, was rocked by three bomb blasts on Saturday evening, one of which injured two policemen, and authorities found three more explosive devices that were defused on time, local sources said. (more…)

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