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Thousands of acres of confiscated land in Mon State are being returned by the military and other government departments. A total of 16,527 acres in ten townships has been pegged for return to rightful owners.
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US ambassador Scot Marciel said Washington would help end Myanmar’s many civil wars, according to representatives of ethnic armed groups who met him on April 7 in Yangon.
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Kyaw Zwa Moe: Welcome to Dateline Irrawaddy! This week, we’ll discuss the State Counselor Bill, which the National League for Democracy (NLD) submitted to Parliament last week, as well as Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s guidelines for civil servants accepting gifts. Lawyer U Ko Ni and former Lower House lawmaker U Ye Htun, from Hsipaw Township, will join me for the discussion. I’m Irrawaddy English editor Kyaw Zwa Moe.
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Sai Thiha Kyaw is a two-term lawmaker in the lower house of Burma’s parliament representing Mongyai Township in northern Shan State.
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The Burma Army is continuing to send reinforcements into Wan Hai, headquarters of the Shan State Progressive Party/Shan State Army (SSPP/SSA) in Shan State’s Kyethi Township, said an SSPP/SSA central executive committee member.
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Six Arakanese youths, convicted of being insurgent members of Arakan Army, was convicted and sent to Sittwe prison on Monday by the Kyauk Taw township court of Arakan State.
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Manpang People’s Militia coerced leaders and residents of several villages to attend a meeting about coal excavations in Lashio district in northern Shan State. The militia led by Lit. Mon summoned the residents of Kwan Koot, Ho Nar, and Loi Nguen villages to Kwan Koot Monastery to discuss the militia’s involvement in excavating coal in Tanyang District.
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Former President Thein Sein’s spokesperson Zaw Htay, better known by his Facebook account Hmuu Zaw, will serve another term in the President’s Office but in the higher position of deputy director general, he said at a press conference in Naypyidaw on Wednesday.
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Since Burma’s democratic handover of power on April 1, the country has seen a resurgence in the value of the kyat, observers say.
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Burma’s Lower House of Parliament approved the so-called “State Counselor” bill on Tuesday without any amendments to the legislation as passed by the Upper House, scoring support from a majority of lawmakers in the NLD-dominated legislature, despite aggressive pushback from the military bloc.
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Myanmar’s democracy leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, foiled by military leaders in her bid to become president, would become “state counselor” under a measure approved on Tuesday by Parliament’s lower house. The newly created role could give her authority exceeding the president’s.
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Ethnic armed group leaders say another possible “summit” meeting of groups that have not signed the Myanmar National Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) may be held in the coming weeks.
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A representative of Unicef in Burma urged the National League for Democracy (NLD) government to sign off on the international Mine Ban Treaty and halt landmine use in conflict zones on Monday, the fourth in-country commemoration of International Day of Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action.
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Manpang People’s Militia coerced leaders and residents of several villages to attend a meeting about coal excavations in Lashio district in northern Shan State. The militia led by Lit. Mon summoned the residents of Kwan Koot, Ho Nar, and Loi Nguen villages to Kwan Koot Monastery to discuss the militia’s involvement in excavating coal in Tanyang District.
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In addition to the foreign minister, the NDSC comprises the following members: the president and the two vice presidents; the two parliamentary Speakers; the commander-in-chief and his deputy; and the three ministers named by the commander-in-chief, that is, the ministers for defence, home affairs and border affairs.
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Non-state armed groups (NSAG) that didn’t sign or were prevented from taking part during last year’s controversial nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) have announced they will defend each other against further attacks during a second summit in Panghsang, the United Wa State Army (UWSA) Special Administrative Region 2.  Only NCA non-signatories were invited to the summit.
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Muslim organizations both overseas and within Burma have condemned a statement made by Religious Affairs Minister Aung Ko that those who practice Islam are not full citizens of the country.
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A controversial Myanmar police training program funded by the EU and the UK has been abruptly halted following failure to reach an agreement with the military that included issues of parliamentary oversight.
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When the first act of a new legislature is to circumvent its country’s written constitution, it’s usually a bad sign. Not so in Myanmar, where the democratically elected parliament moved last week to create the post of “state counselor” and give the job to Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader and symbol of Myanmar’s long struggle against military dictatorship.
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A prominent political prisoner has been released after finishing his six-month jail sentence, coincidentally on the day that Myanmar’s new, democratically-elected government began working.
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