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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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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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On Monday fighting broke out between the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and Burmese army forces, continuing for two full days.
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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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Myanmar’s Information Ministry has filed a contempt of court complaint against the publisher and 16 editorial employees of a newspaper it is already suing for defamation, an action critics charge is an attempt at intimidation ahead of elections set for later this year.
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Security forces in Nagaland have requested the state government to impose a curfew along the 3 km belt of the International Boundary with Myanmar in order to check the movement of armed insurgent groups in the border areas according to the Economic Times on 18 June.
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A Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) member was shot and another abducted by the Burmese Border Guard Police (BGP) at the Burma-Bangladesh border on the Naf River near Dum Dum Meah, in Teknaf on 17 June at about 6.30am, according to a BGB source.
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The state corporation Rosatom has signed a memorandum with Myanmar on peaceful use of nuclear energy at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2015, an Interfax correspondent has reported from the ceremony according to the asia.rbth.com website on 18 June.
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But Myanmar during its brief era of civilian rule from the late 1940s through most of the years to Ne Win’s 1962 military coup had such positions in government, and they were critical elements of management. They were apolitical and signified the highest civil service position in a ministry. They also provided guidance, competence and institutional memory. Many such individuals in Burma’s civilian government under U Nu in the 1950s were exceptionally well qualified.
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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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A military court in northern Burma this week sentenced a Burmese soldier to seven years in prison on three charges of misconduct, but dismissed allegations that he attempted to rape a 73-year-old ethnic Kachin woman.
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In a rare interview with the Washington Post, published on Wednesday, Burma’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi made long-awaited public comments about the country’s democratic transition, expressing concern that the reforms could turn out to be a “total illusion.”
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A bill presented last week containing amendments to Burma’s Constitution – even if approved by parliament – will only come into effect after the upcoming elections, the Joint Bill Committee said on Wednesday.
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Bangladesh’s foreign ministry summoned the ambassador of Myanmar on Thursday to complain about the detention of a Bangladeshi border guard.
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Intelligence reports indicate that anti-India insurgent groups from the North-East operating out of camps in Myanmar have fled the main Taga training camp that lies across Arunachal Pradesh after India’s military retaliation on June 9 the Hindustan Times reported on 18 June.
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In years gone by, decisions in Myanmar’s courts were largely dictated to the judge by the military, with instructions given in sealed envelopes or by telephone. In early June, however, a court in central Myanmar caved to a different kind of pressure.
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