Myanmar’s Minister of Information U Ye Htut told media at the Myanmar Journalist Network office on October 21 that he will call on President U Thein Sein to consider the case of the jailed media personnel from the now-defunct Bi Moon Te Nay journal. (more…)

An alliance of Karen women’s organisations gave their support to plans for four Karen armed groups to reunite under the Kawthoolei Armed Forces or KAF banner, according to a statement released October 19 and reported by Kachin News Group. (more…)

A Shan rights group alleges that government soldiers committed human rights abuses during a recent military offensive against the forces of the Shan State Progressive Party-Shan State Army in Ke See Township in Central Shan State. (more…)

The Directorate of Investment and Companies Registration will announce the auction winners of two government-owned heritage buildings in Rangoon by the end of this year, Aung Naing Oo, the director general of DICA, told The Irrawaddy this week. (more…)

A provision allowing a change to the land use policy every five years has been put in the draft of the National Land Bill, according to U Shwe Thein, a consultant with the Land Use Management Committee. (more…)

An MP from Kachin State yesterday submitted a proposal to the Upper House calling for a new national strategy to combat drug addiction, saying current efforts are not working and that addiction had reached the “danger level” among youths. (more…)

The Ministry of Health is planning to open treatment centres for people suffering from heart disease and other heart-related conditions in Nay Pyi Taw, Yangon and Mandalay, Health Minister Than Aung told Parliament’s Upper House earlier this week. (more…)

Union Election Commission Chairman U Tin Aye said the canvassing period will be extended from 30 to 60 days for the 2015 general elections at the request of political parties. (more…)

The National Human Rights Commission of Thailand has submitted a report to the Thai government after meeting with Thai police, prosecution witnesses and the two suspects in the Koh Tao murder case and that report will offer a help to the suspects facing trial, U Win Maung, the Myanmar Ambassador to Thailand, told Mizzima October 22.   (more…)

Hundreds of Burmese migrant workers on Wednesday marched in the streets of Bangkok demanding legal action against a company that allegedly cheated them. (more…)

Local bean companies aim to double the export volume of beans to quality-sensitive European markets starting in the coming export period of January, bean exporters told Mizzima. (more…)

Spend a few days in Yangon, and you can almost believe you are in a country with a functioning financial sector. ATMs, completely absent just a few years ago, now dot the city. Credit cards are increasingly (though still not widely) accepted. (more…)

Top-ranking Karen rebels are gearing up for an assembly in southeastern Burma this week, where a fractured leadership will discuss their future role in the nation’s main ethnic coalition and the possibility of uniting Karen rebels under a single military alliance.
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UNICEF has launched “Birth Registration Week” in Myanmar from October 20-24 to highlight the need for families to make sure they obtain birth certificates for their newborns.
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The Burmese government’s Union Peacemaking Work Committee (UPWC)—the body in charge of negotiating with Burma’s armed ethnic groups—has suggested setting up a joint liaison body with the Shan State Army-North (SSA-N) to prevent further hostilities in Shan State in the wake of renewed clashes between the Shan armed group and government forces.
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An official from Burma’s Motion Picture and Video Censor Board, a body under the Ministry of Information, defended the government’s decision to reintroduce censorship for direct-to-video films, claiming the old rules are necessary because many recent movies have portrayed behaviour that runs counter to Burmese culture.
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The main opposition in Myanmar, also known as Burma, says it welcomes the announcement of general elections for late next year.
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The Myanmar Journalists Network (MJN) met with Information Minister Ye Htut on Tuesday to discuss their concerns about the rising number of legal actions lodged by the Burmese government against media employees.
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The government plans to repeal a 1947 law that allows the government to requisition property at any time.
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Members of the Dawei Development Association (DDA), a rights watchdog monitoring the lurching progression of the Dawei Special Economic Zone (DSEZ) in Burma’s southern Tennasserim Division, tabled fresh findings to the Thai Human Rights Commission in Bangkok on Tuesday.
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