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The opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) party and 88 Generation Peace and Open Society (88GPOS) concluded on Saturday a nationwide petition campaign calling for the amendment of constitutional Article 436.
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Martyr’s Day in Myanmar – the National League for Democracy (NLD) wound up an eight-week campaign calling for changes to the country’s constitution. The campaign was launched on May 27 on the back of a series of colorful public rallies in Yangon and other cities. Since then, the NLD, along with former student leaders of the 1988 uprising against military rule, have held further demonstrations across the country and gathered millions of signatures in support of constitutional amendments ahead of next year’s election.
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The Union Election Commission has said it will no longer attend meetings of an Amyotha Hluttaw committee appointed to consider proportional representation because it wishes to avoid any implications from being involved in drafting proposals to change the voting system.
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Students at Yadanabon University in Burma’s second-biggest city staged a protest against the national education bill on Monday, urging the government to amend it after consulting with teachers and students.
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Speaker of the Union Parliament Shwe Mann warned a lower house parliamentarian on Tuesday not to use the word “revolutionary” when referring to ethnic armed groups.
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The newly appointed chief minister of Burma’s conflict-torn Arakan State appears to be struggling to win the trust of Rohingya Muslims, who continue to live in squalid camps after being driven from their homes in rioting two years ago.
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The Interim Myanmar Press Council said it has requested a meeting with President Thein Sein to discuss the growing threat to media freedom in Burma, while it has also sent letters to several Lower House committees asking lawmakers to look into the situation.
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Civil society groups have written to President U Thein Sein, the Speaker of Parliament, Thura U Shwe Mann and Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, asking them to attend the Martyrs’ Day ceremony in Yangon on July 19.
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Deputy Minister of Defence Maj-General Kyaw Nyunt shot down a report claiming that national defence spending is set to fall 15-20 per cent in the next fiscal year.
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Deputy information minister and presidential spokesperson U Ye Htut has resurfaced after a weeklong absence from the press (and social media) in the wake of the Unity Journal verdict, apparently having taken leave to study in the US.
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Burmese President Thein Sein has recommended that the final text of the nationwide ceasefire agreement between ethnic armed groups and the Burmese military employs simple and coherent language, according to mediators in the peace process.
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In 1974, there were only 35 democracies in the world, among them the United States, Canada, western and northern European countries, India, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. That was less than 30 percent of the world’s countries. A lot has changed since that time. By 2013, the number of democracies had expanded to about 120 countries, or more than 60 percent of the total.
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Most of the Facebook users who support the government’s policies are the propagandists with the fake identities and profiles. Those mouthpieces propagandize by commenting the government’s policies are right in the Facebook pages of news stations’.
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Burma’s Union Election Commission (UEC) has approved rules that will govern campaigning for the 2015 elections, despite claims from opposition parties that the regulations will restrict their ability to get their message out to voters.
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(1) Military Intelligence (MI) cast a black shadow over Myanmar for 16 years. From 1988 to 2004, everyone lived under the threat of MI – before it and its leader, former General Khin Nyunt, were finally toppled. People in politics, the media, business, social organizations and artists feared MI. Even it they did not want to associate with MI they had to; it was everywhere.
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The role of state-owned enterprises came under scrutiny in the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw on July 9 after MPs were told that the Ministry of Industry lost K190 billion (about US$195 million) in the second half of the financial year ending March 31.
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Media workers lambasted Burmese President Thein Sein’s recent radio address about the Mandalay riots, during which he said that members of the press will face legal punishments if they “endanger” national security with their reports.
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Burma’s Union Parliament passed the Association Registration Law last week, a ruling party lawmaker said.
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Burma’s Union Election Commission (UEC) is taking steps to compile voter lists that will determine who is eligible to cast a ballot in the 2015 elections.
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While local banks may open as many branches as they like, foreign banks entering the market will be initially restricted to one branch if they operate solely as ‘Foreign Direct Investment’ operations, the Myanmar Central Bank has said.
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