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Debate on key amendments to the constitution continued yesterday with the military warning that decentralisation would lead to a worsening of armed conflict.
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Highly anticipated parliamentary elections considered a key test of Myanmar’s reforms will take place on November 8, according to an official announcement of the date made yesterday by the Union Election Commission (UEC).
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The Myanmar Police Force (MPF) is seeking to recruit more than 20,000 special police officers to bolster security at polling stations nationwide during the forthcoming general election scheduled for Nov. 8.
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The Pyidaungsu Hluttaw yesterday backed corporatisation of power supply boards in Yangon and Mandalay, in a shake-up aimed at reducing running costs and the national budget deficit.
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FPT, Vietnam’s leading technology company, said on Wednesday it has secured a licence to provide fixed telecoms and internet services in Myanmar, becoming the first 100-percent foreign-owned firm to operate in the field there.
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More than half a century after it was dynamited by the Ne Win military government, Yangon’s iconic student union building could rise again – if the students have their way. To mark the 53rd anniversary of the building’s destruction, which followed a series of student protests against the regime, contemporary members of the union have asked the government to rebuild it.
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People In Maungdaw South in Arakan State have been facing difficulties in travelling and finding food since 26 June when heavy rains and high tides destroyed bridges and paddy seedlings, according to Maungdaw South villager Jaker.

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Myanmar’s parliament is “playing with fire” by passing a bill regulating the right of women from the country’s Buddhist majority to marry men from outside their religion, an international human rights group said Wednesday.
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Political parties representing Burma’s ethnic minorities could pick up a sizeable number of seats in a general election later this year, presenting a stumbling block for the ambitions of democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi and her party.
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In every country, there are always tensions between medical practitioners charged with keeping those incarcerated in good health, and prison officials. As medical ethics and jail policy are often at odds with each other, this is a never-ending dispute.
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In the fertile river valleys near Myanmar’s border with Bangladesh, stateless Rohingya Muslims say there is no let-up in soldiers forcing them into hard labour, despite the government launching a campaign three years ago to end the practice.
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Bail has been granted to 11 activists detained after a brutal crackdown on student demonstrations earlier this year, family members said, while five other requests were denied by a court in central Burma.
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Officials from the Democratic Karen Benevolent Army are set to meet state government representatives in the Kayin State capital Hpa-an today to negotiate an end to recent skirmishes along the Asian Highway.
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Another eight Rakhine people who were detained for alleged links to the Arakan Army were released from Kyauktaw township’s police station on July 2.
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An ethnic Kayin party has set its sights on winning control of Kayin State at November’s elections. The Phalon-Sawaw Democratic Party (PSDP) said it had drawn up lists of candidates for nearly every constituency in the state, and hopes to secure a majority in the state hluttaw.
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The Kachin Baptist Church (KBC) in Muse has complained to President Thein Sein that it is powerless to properly investigate the brutal rape and murder of two young female teachers in the district.
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The T-ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) has vowed to avoid armed clashes and reduce tensions with Burmese government forces, as it bids to join other ethnic armed groups in signing a nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA).
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One of the victims was Sai Maung, 40, of the nearby village of Pang Long, who suffered a serious injury to his hip after being shot by soldiers active in the area. At the time of publication, information was not available about the identity or condition of the second victim.
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The Ministry of Railway Transportation yesterday submitted a long-awaited Motor Vehicle Law to parliament, promising that it will ensure drivers are qualified before taking to the roads.
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Myanmar’s interim press council may soon be able to drop the provisional epithet and evolve into a permanent organisation, a member of a newly created election commission said yesterday.
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