In the middle of a bustling village hall in Myanmar’s Kayin state, a government health worker pricks the finger of a child to extract a tiny drop of blood for a malaria test. (more…)

The largest clinic in Myanmar for treating HIV/AIDS and drug resistant tuberculosis has been officially opened in Yangon’s Insein Township by the international medical humanitarian organisation, Medecins Sans Frontieres. (more…)

Two Myanmar nationals wanted by the Malaysian police to assist in the investigation into the murder of several fellow nationals on Malaysia’s Penang island are believed to have fled the state, according to The Star on December 17. (more…)

Achieving gender equality is among the many challenges Myanmar must face during its democratic transition, opposition leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi told an international women’s forum in Nay Pyi Taw on December 5.

Spurned by his party and vilified by nationalist groups, prominent columnist Htin Lin Oo has now been denied bail and is in custody on charges of offending religious feeling. (more…)

Myanmar exiles claim President U Thein Sein’s open-door promises to help exiles return have not been honored. (more…)

Karen groups have joined together to call for an investigation into alleged war crimes by the army in eastern Myanmar following the release of four-year probe carried out by the International Human Rights Clinic at Harvard Law School in the United States. (more…)

A stand-off was continuing on Wednesday between farmers and construction company workers at a development project in Tavoy, in Burma’s southern Tenasserim Division. (more…)

Myanmar’s police force face a challenge in trying to track down criminal suspects in part due to the limited number of police and the ease in which suspects can melt away into rural areas, according to the commander of the Nay Pyi Taw Police Force. (more…)

The act of holding a dialogue about Myanmar’s politics is more important than number of participants, Minister U Ye Htut, spokesperson of the President, told Mizzima on December 16. (more…)

Per January 1, the Ministry of Commerce will require car importers to apply for import licenses prior to shipping as part of a government effort to reduce the storage of vehicles at Thilawa Port, state media announced on Wednesday. (more…)

Burmese nationals seeking work or who hope to visit Malaysia will be screened for criminal records, the Malaysian Home Minister has announced. (more…)

As winter approaches in northern Burma’s Kachin State, some 27,500 internally displaced persons (IDPs) are without necessary assistance such as blankets and clothes, according to the United Nations. (more…)

The Yoma Strategic Holdings conglomerate has cultivated an enormous portfolio of real estate, agriculture, tourism, banking, automotive and retail businesses in Burma over the last two decades. As of December this year, the company’s market capitalization was US$692 million, and it ranks in the top five percent of Singapore Exchange-listed companies on the 2014 Governance and Transparency Index. Yoma recently secured a $100 million loan from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for infrastructure development projects in Burma. (more…)

Former Minister of Information U Aung Kyi was allowed to resign in late July, along with then Health Minister, Dr Pe Thet Khin. The shake-up followed a major cabinet reshuffle a month earlier and sparked speculation about differences between U Aung Kyi and President U Thein Sein over media policies. Before heading the Ministry of Information, U Aung Kyi was Minister of Labour and he also served as the military government’s official liaison with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi when she was under house arrest. (more…)

Members of the Committee for Scrutinizing Remaining Political Prisoners have complained that efforts to assess the cases of prisoners jailed for political reasons are stalling due to a lack of government cooperation. (more…)

President U Thein Sein urged the people of Rakhine State to maintain stability and calling for the development of the region in a message delivered to mark the 40th anniversary of the Rakhine State Day on December 15. (more…)

The Department of Rural Development has earmarked funds to redevelop one poor township each from the Mandalay and Bago regions, and Mon, Kayin, Kachin and Kayah states in 2015, the department’s deputy director, U Hla Khaing told Mizzima on December 15. (more…)

Raising farm productivity, increasing basic services and expanding private sector-led growth to create jobs should be the focus in trying to end poverty in Myanmar, according to a new World Bank Group report released December 15. (more…)

Dashi Laseng, the Hpakant township chairman of the National League for Democracy, said residents from Jar Yar Yang village about eight miles southeast of the town have been unable to reach Hpakant or other local villages since 14 December. (more…)

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