Inside Burma


The Union Election Commission’s surprise decision to cancel by-elections due later this year has come under criticism from political analysts, who have called for the panel’s chairman to be replaced.
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Myanmar’s 88 Generation Students Group, which is pushing for political and social reforms, held talks with visiting officials of the Chinese Communist Party and called on them to be transparent over Beijing’s investments, which have come under criticism for environmental and other concerns.
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Members of the parliamentary constitution amendment implementation committee have finalised their proposals for changes to the charter, panel members told Mizzima on September 9.
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A survey revealing that the average daily income in Rakhine State is K2,200 (about US$2.25) was an indication that much remains to be done there to reduce poverty, state parliament was told on September 9.
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Swiss food giant Nestlé SA has confirmed that it is preparing to invest around US$50 million in Myanmar’s food and beverage industry over the next six years, in the latest sign yet of the Myanmar consumer market’s attractiveness to international firms.
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The University Students Union released a statement on Wednesday denouncing the National Education Bill; at the same time it launched an awareness campaign in front of the University for Computer Studies, 25km north of Rangoon.
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As the 27th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council convened this week, a legal advisory group has warned that Burma’s police force still uses torture during interrogations.
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A court in Arakan State sentenced 17 Burmese workers to between six and 10 years each in prison on Sunday for destroying property and attacking Chinese workers on a cross-Burma oil pipeline project.
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Khin Kyaw of the All Burma Students’ Democratic Front (ABSDF) has announced that he has left the students’ army and will lead a new group of some 300 members, which he called the Union National Resistance Army, or UNRA.
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Burma’s Ministry of Culture announced that they will enforce fines for the misuse of properties that are designated as culturally significant, according to a statement in state media on Monday.
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All disputes over land are expected to be resolved by a national land use policy the government plans to unveil next year, says the secretary of the Land Use Management Committee.
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A new authority with the necessary powers is needed to manage Yangon’s mass transit systems, says the chairman of the Yangon Region Central Supervisory Committee for Motor Vehicles.
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Burma’s Union Election Commission said Sunday that it was canceling by-elections planned for later this year to fill 35 empty parliamentary seats.
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Opposition political parties in Burma have welcomed the decision by the Union Election Commission (UEC) to cancel by-elections previously planned for later this year.
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Parties from all sides of politics have criticised the surprise decision by the Union Election Commission to cancel the by-elections due to held later this year.
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The Ministry of Commerce is planning to introduce online applications for export and import licences early next year, Deputy Commerce Minister Dr Pwint San said on September 7.
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Nearly a dozen separate courts in Rangoon have cumulatively sentenced democracy activist Htin Kyaw to a decade in prison with hard labor under controversial laws on peaceful assemblies and incitement.
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A mud volcano eruption in western Burma’s Arakan State has damaged more than 200 acres of farmland in Kyaukphyu Township, according to locals.
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The ninth session of the Karen State parliament drew to a close on Thursday with the passage of two new laws, according to regional Transport Minister Saw Khin Maung Myint.
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Farmers gathered in Namhkam, northern Shan State, on Friday to protest against silica mining, which
Thousands gathered in Namhkam, Shan State, on Friday morning to protest against commercial mining operations.
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