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Non-Buddhist men may face two years in prison or a 1.5 million kyat (US$1,500) fine, or both, if found to have violated the controversial Buddhist Women’s Marriage Bill, which is currently awaiting a second approval in Burma’s upper house.
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ActionAid Myanmar (AAM) will host a post-budget round table discussion on 24th May,2015 from 9.00 to 12.30 at the UMFCCI function Hall according to a recent press release.
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Aung Min, President’s Office minister and the government’s chief negotiator at peace talks, has said that the signing of a ceasefire deal will not include all ethnic groups, and that only those ethnic armies approved by Naypyidaw will be invited to join the peace process.
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Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday (May 7) praised the “co-operative spirit” of political rival Shwe Mann, after the powerful parliament speaker – tipped as a potential presidential candidate – said he is open to an alliance with the opposition leader.
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Opinions on amending Burma’s controversial Constitution are divided as parliamentarians prepare to reconvene on Monday, with charter reform likely to be a major subject of debate during the next legislative session.
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In a surprise move, Burmese President Thein Sein has held a series of informal meetings with ethnic leaders during a visit to the Shan State town of Kengtung, according to pictures posted on the Facebook page of Information Minister Ye Htut.
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The speaker of Myanmar’s parliament says he would be willing to serve as president if nominated, and to cooperate with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, or anyone working in the interests of the country. (more…)

President U Thein Sein declared yesterday that his government wanted to start a political dialogue with armed ethnic groups “as soon as possible” to leave a peace process in place for the next administration that will take office after parliamentary elections later this year.
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Myanmar will consider including three ethnic armies currently fighting government troops in talks to sign a final nationwide cease-fire agreement if requested by the armed ethnic groups at the end of a six-day summit scheduled to begin May 1, reports Radio Free Asia April 30.
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The Nay Pyi Taw Supreme Court rejected an appeal submitted on April 29 by the lawyer representing five Buddhist monks to withdraw one of the two charges his clients are facing. The monks were charged by the head of the Yangon Region religious affairs department under Article 295(A) of the penal code, which contains laws on religious offences.
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The Upper House MP Dr. Myat Nyana Soe said that the parliament session which will be started on May 11 will focus on discussing important bills including the Bill Amending the 2008 Constitution.
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Myanmar President U Thein Sein’s political advisor Dr Nay Zin Latt has been allowed to retire from the Presidential Advisory Board, an order of the President’s Office said Thursday.
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As the deadline looms for aspiring political parties to register with Burma’s Union Election Commission (UEC) ahead of the 2015 general election, one applicant has caused a minor commotion on social media after rumors swirled that the party would be comprised of ex-generals and supported by a top advisor to President Thein Sein.
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Despite reports of heavy fighting between the Tatmadaw and the Myanmar Nationalities Democratic Alliance Army in Shan State on April 23, the government has not released any information about casualty numbers related to the clashes.
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Continued delays over compensation for land expropriated from farmers will result in decisions being dropped on the next government, which could be in place before the end of the year, warns an MP involved in the so-called land-grabbing issue. (more…)

Burma is one of 20 countries whose military expenditure is more than four percent of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP), according to a new report by a Swedish think tank.
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Foreign Minister of Myanmar Wunna Maung Lwin said there is no reason to discuss the issue of myanmars Rohingya/ Bengali Muslim population at the Asean Summit, despite pressure over the issue.
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Speaker of Myanmar’s House of Representatives and Union Parliament Thura U Shwe Mann has called for a minimum national wage for workers soon as possible, reports the Global New Light of Myanmar on April 25.
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U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday urged Myanmar to address the citizenship status of Rohingya Muslims in the country’s western Rakhine state ahead of a general election scheduled to be held later this year.
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Most Union Solidarity and Development Party MPs and government ministers have been nominated by the party to stand again in this year’s election, a senior official said yesterday, although it appears likely some older members will step aside.
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