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Students, NGOs Say Govt Violates Agreement on Education Law Overhaul

Student leaders and education NGOs accuse Burma’s government of violating the conditions of a recently reached agreement on drafting a new education bill.

New Book Tells Story of ABSDF Massacre Survivor

Twenty-three years after more than a dozen members of a well-known student militia were massacred in northern Burma, a survivor writes of his experience.

RCSS Blames Ethnic Army Representatives for Stalled Ceasefire

The head of the Restoration Council of Shan State says ethnic army representatives have delayed a nationwide peace agreement by demanding a comprehensive political settlement.

Foreign Embassies Press Govt to Intervene in Shwepyithar Garment Strike

Concerned embassies have reportedly made representations to the Burmese government on behalf of foreign businesses affected by a long-running strike at the Shwepyithar Industrial Zone.

Rangoon to Undergo Quake Assessment

A one-year seismic hazard assessment will be conducted for Rangoon, Burma’s biggest city, which lies in a zone of the Earth prone to earthquakes.

Burma Rebels Deny Attack on Red Cross-Protected Refugees

Kokang ethnic rebels battling Burma forces in the country’s north deny several government accusations, including that they attacked a Red Cross-flagged truck carrying refugees.

Second Red Cross Convoy Attacked in Kokang

Five people are injured during a second ambush on a Red Cross vehicle in less than a week in northeast Burma’s troubled Kokang region.

Canadian Mining Firm May Have Breached Sanctions, Rights Group Says

Canada’s since-rebranded Ivanhoe Mines may have violated sanctions in three jurisdictions through copper sales to blacklisted military-affiliated companies and transactions with a specially designated national.

US University Pulls Plug on Pioneering Program With Rangoon Counterpart

A prestigious American institution of higher learning withdraws from a ground-breaking program with Rangoon University amid uncertainty over its future autonomy and funding.

Upper House Passes Controversial ‘Population Control’ Bill

Burma’s Upper House passes the Population Control Bill, which aims to establish government control over the reproductive rights of women in certain regions.

Festival Celebrating Rangoon Life to Begin Next Month

The Yangon Art and Heritage Festival, celebrating the beauty of Rangoon and the everyday rhythms of its residents, will be held across town next month.

Students Stage Sit-In at Dagon University

A group of students at Dagon University have denounced what they believe was an official attempt to stifle support for the National Education Law marches.

Thousands of Garment Workers Strike in Rangoon

Thousands of Rangoon’s factory workers vow to continue a strike until they receive a pay raise, following warnings from the divisional government not to cause public upset.

Burma Official Urges China to Prevent Rebel Attacks From Across Border

China should cooperate with Burma to prevent “terrorist attacks” being launched from Chinese territory, a President’s Office spokesman says.

Red Cross Convoy Attack: The Scariest Moment of My Life

Irrawaddy photographer Jpaing describes his feelings and the scenes he witnessed when the Burmese Red Cross convoy he was travelling on came under attack.

Murky Picture Emerges of Kokang Conflict’s Actors

Kachin and Shan rebel groups reject accusations that they are involved in ongoing clashes between the Burma Army and ethnic Kokang fighters in northeastern Burma.

From the Frontline: On Chinese Border, Kokang Conflict Halts New Year Celebrations

The Irrawaddy reports from the border town of Chin Shwe Haw, where locals have fled and refugees are streaming through town on foot from Laukkai.

Ministry to Launch Environment Protection System Next Month

After years of delay, the Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry expects to approve a set of environmental quality guidelines by the end of March.

2 Dead, Several Injured During Battle in Kokang Village

Clashes in Lone Htan village leave at least two dead and several others injured, as nearby hospitals field civilians displaced or injured by the conflict.

Ethnic NGOs Key to Addressing East Burma’s Large Health Care Issues: Report

A large-scale survey found ethnic minority communities in eastern Burma are beset with serious health care challenges that are best addressed by local ethnic NGOs.