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The National League for Democracy’s environmental conservation committee for Shan State will dig an artesian well for villagers living in the proximity of Heho Township’s Let Maung village in a bid to supply them with water after they have been hit by shortages, the Global New light of Myanmar reported on 3 February.
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North Korea told UN agencies on Tuesday it plans to launch a satellite as early as next week, a move that could advance the country’s long-range missile technology after its fourth nuclear test on Jan. 6.
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Set up five years ago, Myanmar’s National Human Rights Commission (MNHRC) was part of a charm offensive mounted by President U Thein Sein’s quasi-civilian government that succeeded in attracting international publicity and funding. Any legitimacy it may have held has taken a battering since.
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A recently announced plan by the Arakan State government to resettle dozens of conflict-displaced households appears to have been optimistic, according to a civil society leader who claims the state had grossly underestimated costs.
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The international community and local private dailies heralded the first day of the new Parliament’s term on Monday, but less effusive and generous in its coverage of the historic milestone was Burma’s state-run media.
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An official of the Ministry of Religious Affairs has cautioned that a graphic video posted on social media by nationalist monk U Wirathu dramatising the rape and murder of a Buddhist woman by Muslim men could lead to court action.
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Daw Aung San Suu Kyi should never be allowed to become president by changing the constitution, according to a hard-hitting opinion piece published in the military-owned Myawady newspaper yesterday.
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The Lanmadaw Township court has filed additional charges against four jailed Chinese embassy protesters under Section 18.
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Many residents of Pyin Oo Lwin have objected to a presidential plan to lease 272.15 acres of farmland near the National Kandawgyi Botanical Gardens as industrial land to current ministers, former generals and senior military officers.
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The new Rakhine (Arakan) State Parliament will convene on 8 February 2016, according to the Rakhine State Parliament Office in Sittwe.
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Nat Nat Nwe was once arrested, stripped, beaten and held in a cell for 14 days just because she tried to walk home alone at night. The quiet 40-year-old is convinced she was targeted because she is transgender.
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The Oriental Highway Company will upgrade the existing Mandalay-Muse two-lane highway to a four-lane asphalt road with a US$ 300 million investment.
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The party of Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi has instructed its lawmakers not to leave the capital, rank-and-file members said, fuelling speculation of a legal bid to sidestep a clause in the constitution barring the democracy champion from the presidency.
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Led by a triumphant Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar is preparing to take a historic leap into uncharted territory, having only known democracy for 14 of its 1,000 years of recorded history. Suu Kyi, who scored a stunning victory in last year’s elections, follows a procession of absolute monarchs, British colonial rulers and home-bred generals who are still standing tall in the wings.
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Tin Oo, National League for Democracy (NLD) patron, told reporters on Tuesday that NLD leader Aung San Suu Kyi should become the country’s next president and that he would support her to assume the highest office in Burma.
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The National League for Democracy (NLD), which on Monday entered Parliament as the new ruling party, has implemented a sweeping donation policy to raise party funds.
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Crushed and humbled by the voters, the once-mighty Union Solidarity and Development Party now faces years in the political wilderness – if, indeed, it survives as a viable party at all. Persistent rumour has it that some of its most prominent and independent-minded members, led by former party chair and parliamentary Speaker Thura U Shwe Mann, could soon face expulsion.
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The new speaker of Myanmar’s Lower House of Parliament, Win Myint, promised better performance in terms of parliamentary laws, bylaws, rules and regulations and an end to corruption for the sake of democracy and the human rights of the people.
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Shan State officials say they are planning to conduct surveys for a new road that would divert traffic from one of Myanmar’s main trading routes and open up business with China.
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Due to high demand on the eve of the Chinese New Year, traders are selling more rice on the China border instead of within Burma, causing the price of the staple grain to rise at home.
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