The United Nations hopes to encourage at least 1,000 local companies and organizations to become part of the UN Global Compact Network before the end of 2014, according to the network’s local chairperson Dr Aung Tun Thet. (more…)

The smuggling of Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar is so lucrative that Thai fishermen are converting their boats to carry humans, police and officials in southern Thailand said. (more…)

The Thai army has asked Burma’s ethnic armed groups to inform authorities of any ceasefire meetings held in Thailand so that the Thai army can observe the discussions, according to ethnic representatives. (more…)

Myanmar opposition leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi says she accepts Parliament Speaker Thura U Shwe Mann’s view that proposed amendments to the 2008 Constitution will have to be put a vote in parliament only after the 2015 general elections. (more…)

Myanmar military MPs cited a lack of peace in the country as a reason not to amend Section 436 of the military-written 2008 Constitution that requires 75 percent of a parliamentary vote to push through any changes. (more…)

In an exclusive interview with VOA’s Burmese Service, Myanmar President Thein Sein called allegations that minority Muslim Rohingya are fleeing alleged torture in Rakhine state “a media fabrication.” (more…)

Poppy growers in Pekon Township, Southern Shan State have told the government that they cannot give up producing opium unless the government comes up with alternatives such as development and crop substitution projects, reports the Kantarawaddy Times. (more…)

More than 200 civil society organizations sent an open letter to Burma’s President Thein Sein on Thursday, calling on the government to promote child rights and draw up effective laws to protect the country’s youth from abuses. (more…)

Burma’s largest ethnic armed group, the United Wa State Army (UWSA), has denied reports that it recently acquired a “large number” of Chinese-manufactured anti-aircraft weapons. (more…)

The Burma Army announced that yesterday’s deadly shelling of a rebel military academy was “unintentional,” speaking to reporters in Kachin State capital Myitkyina on Thursday. (more…)

Burma’s emerging renewable energy sector is still undeveloped and lacking in government support, while about 65 percent of the country’s rural population is living outside of the national power grid. Many isolated communities meet their own energy needs with independently provided biomass, solar projects and small-scale hydropower. Often this assistance is supplied by non-governmental organizations focused on sustainable rural development, not from state institutions. (more…)

Last year, when I was in Ma Ja Yang in Northern Kachin State, Burmese fighter bombers, at the height of the peace process, had just flown low over the nearby IDP camp. Two terrified children dug themselves into an earth bank for refuge. In heavy rains the bank collapsed and they suffocated to death: two unrecorded deaths in a sixty year old war involving, arguably, the deaths of millions. But this year these two children may have surfaced, along with millions of others, in the most unlikeliest of places: the government’s 2014 census. Burma’s population, it turns out, is about nine million below what was expected. These two children, and nine million others, are not there. No one is commenting on this. No one is asking why. The most significant and extraordinary information to have come out of the country for decades, identifying 20 percent of Burma’s expected population is “Missing,” is disregarded. (more…)

The Arakan State parliament voted unanimously on Tuesday in favor of a non-binding resolution formally condemning UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for his use of the word “Rohingya” during his most recent visit to Burma. (more…)

An increase in the smuggling of synthetic drugs like methamphetamine from Southeast Asia has fuelled a rise in violent crime in China this year, a state-run newspaper reported on Wednesday. (more…)

Negotiations over compensation for land taken from rubber plantation owners by Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprises or MOGE for a gas pipeline passing through Wel-Khru Village-Tract and Chan-Ta-Yar Land, Thanbyuzayat Township, Mon State have stalled, reports the Independent Mon News Agency November 18. (more…)

Oil prices were mixed in Asia on November 19 as dealers predicted that leading producer Saudi Arabia will resist pressure from other OPEC members to cut output in a bid to prop up falling prices. (more…)

A continued resurgence of the US dollar and a widening trade deficit has seen the kyat hit a new low on the exchange market. (more…)

Burma’s pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, has conceded that she is unable to force through the constitutional changes that would allow her to run for the presidency, and has even gone so far as to acknowledge house Speaker Shwe Mann’s timetable for reform as “realistic”. (more…)

The first candidates in more than 50 years to run for municipal office in Rangoon have begun preparations for campaigns that will conclude late next month ahead of a landmark election set for Dec. 27. (more…)

Burma’s lower house of parliament on Tuesday approved a bill that will increase MPs’ salaries. (more…)

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