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Burma’s ruling party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), is aiming to field candidates in all vacant constituencies at next year’s by-elections, according to party spokesperson Nyan Win.

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Amid a dearth of independently verifiable information coming out of heavily militarised northern Rakhine State, a report that hundreds of Muslims were recently forced from their village was met with twin denials yesterday.

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Myanmar will re-introduce a more stringent permit system for citizens wishing to work abroad starting on January 1, 2017. The new system aims at stamping out exploitation of migrant workers by employment brokers, according to labour ministry officials.

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The National League for Democracy (NLD), Burma’s ruling party, began hearings on Monday in Naypyidaw for an ad hoc tribunal charged with investigating the dismissal and demotion of leading members of the NLD’s Shan State chapter by U Win Htein, a leading party member known for his abrasive style.

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State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi reassured some of Burma’s most prominent tycoons that their place in Burma’s economy and society was secure, so long as they backed government policy, left themselves open to scrutiny, and “worked for others.”

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Burma’s President Office spokesperson has denied accusations of human rights violations being carried out by security forces in northern Arakan State, saying, “we haven’t done anything lawless.”

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A 10-year program will seek to undo some of the damage that years of unchecked logging has done to the nation’s woodlands through the cultivation of so-called “forest farms”, Forestry Department director general U Myo Min has said.

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Aiming to both bolster the economy and support the return of Myanmar citizens working abroad, the minister for labour announced plans to stimulate the country’s job market.

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Aung San Suu Kyi on Saturday set out to promote an overhauled investment law to a new generation of smaller businesses that her government hopes will one day dilute the influence of Myanmar’s old military-linked oligarchs.

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Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Saturday made a pitch to foreign investors, promising a clearer legal framework and opportunities in untapped economic sectors, two weeks after U.S. President Barack Obama lifted most sanctions on the country.

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Which comes first: amending the constitution and laying out the details of the long-promised federal Union? Or surrendering arms in a truly nationwide ceasefire as a prelude to political negotiations?

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Amid fighting on the ground in Kachin and Shan states, the Burmese government’s peace negotiation body is planning to hold a national-level political dialogue with or without all ethnic armed organizations in November.

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The government has announced a crackdown on gangs that profit from children and the elderly begging on the streets of Rangoon and Mandalay.

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The long-awaited Myanmar Investment Law was signed into being by President U Htin Kyaw on Tuesday after both houses approved the bill earlier this month.

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The government has launched a five-member team tasked with investigating the reason for the deadly sinking of the Aung Soe Moe Kyaw 2, a ferry that went under in Sagaing Region on October 15.

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Campaigners and former prisoners have demanded the government amend the notorious Telecommunications Law, under which a number of Myanmar citizens have been prosecuted and jailed for “defamatory” social media posts.

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The government has agreed to four out of eight points demanded by the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) and accepted the remaining four points inprinciple and as a result, the Delegation for Political Negotiation (DPN) formed by the UNFC attended the framework review for political dialogue, state media reported on 19 October quoting U Zaw Htay, Deputy Director-General of the President’s Office.

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Burma’s government appears to be backing away from claims that attacks that took place in Arakan State earlier this month were carried out by a Islamist group with links to Pakistan.

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Directly contradicting the experience of many reporters, including those at The Myanmar Times, Minister for Information U Pe Myint announced yesterday that the media has not been restricted within the conflict areas in Rakhine State. Military officials, however, did acknowledge that they have made reporters delete photos that they have deemed a security risk.

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The Central Executive Committee of the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC), a coalition of seven ethnic armed organisations (EAOs) that have not yet signed the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) met in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand.

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