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The Muse Central Economic Zone of Myanmar, which is located near its border with China in eastern Myanmar, will be completed in the fiscal year 2017-18, official media reported Wednesday.

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Migrant rights groups are calling for Burma and Thailand to form an agreement that will ensure the process for Burmese migrants renewing documents is not strenuous, timely and expensive.

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Satyendra Garg, Joint Secretary of India’s Home Ministry in charge of the Northeast, said Delhi was alarmed by the recent ambush of Assam Rifles soldiers.

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The Chinese-backed mega-project has come up for reconsideration by the new government and is a pivotal test of relations between the two countries.

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On Saturday, some 40 residents of the Kachin State capital Myitkyina staged a brief protest in front of the Palm Spring Resort. They were demanding a permanent halt to the Chinese-funded Myitsone dam and hydropower project in Kachin State.

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Around 50 residents in Myitkyina Township, Kachin State, staged a protest against Chinese Ambassador Hong Liang over attempts to negotiate the controversial Myitsone dam project, state media reported on 5 June.

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Putting to rest reports of a surgical strike in Myanmar against rebels from the North East after an ambush killing six Assam Rifles personnel in Manipur last month, the Army on Monday said sometimes factional fights among insurgent groups were attributed to security forces.

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Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will be in Myanmar for a three-day official visit, starting Tuesday (June 7).

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Japanese Defense Minister Gen Nakatani met with the head of Myanmar’s military in Naypyitaw on Monday, with the two sides discussing bilateral ties and the role of Myanmar’s armed forces in the development of the country.

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Van Biak had only been away from her family in Leilet in northwest Burma for two weeks, but her mother was in tears as they embraced on the veranda. Biak and her older sister Van Hnem left to find work as maids in Singapore with few job opportunities in their remote village in Chin State, the poorest region of Burma where 73 percent of the population lives below the poverty line. (more…)

Myanmar’s Kachin State Chief Minister Khet Aung Friday stressed the need for the governments of Myanmar and China to explore the best way of resolving the long-suspended Myitsone Dam project issue.

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Bangladesh’s government began its first census of undocumented Rohingya refugees on Thursday, setting off fears that it might lead to a mass relocation or forcible repatriation of the refugees to Myanmar.

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Myanmar’s kyat has become Asia’s top currency of 2016, a clear sign the nation is starting to emerge from decades of isolation.

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A total of 129 out of 249 Myanmar fishermen, who had served their prison terms in India after being detained for illegally entering territorial waters, were released and have returned homme, officials said on Wednesday.
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India is keen to build bridges with democracy icon and Myanmar’s new Foreign Minister Aung Sang Suu Kyi. Indian external affairs ministry officials told Mizzima they have received instructions from the Prime Minister’s office to ‘find a suitable opportunity’ to invite Suu Kyi to India. They said India is considering some special arrangements for Myanmar pilgrims to Buddhist sites like Bodh Gaya and Sarnath.

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Thai military officials have asked their Burma Army counterparts to help in convincing a powerful ethnic Wa armed group, the United Wa State Army (UWSA), to withdraw its bases on the Thai-Burma border, where some are on Thai territory.

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Indian troops are reported to have killed at least eight militants when they crossed into Myanmar’s Sagaing Region last week in the second such operation in a year, media reports said.

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Myanmar and Vietnam have pledged to boost bilateral relations and cooperation in trade, investment, hotels and tourism, an official media reported Friday.

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China and Myanmar have vowed here to push forward military relations and cooperation in areas such as training and defense industry.

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Burma’s armed forces commander-in-chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing kicks off a three-day visit to Thailand today, where he will meet Privy Council president Gen Prem Tinsulanonda, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and military top brass.

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