With an historic election approaching, Burma’s opposition leader is locked in a high-stakes showdown with a military-backed government that she says isn’t interested in reform.
A Rangoon Division policy that requires car buyers to arrange a parking permit in advance is reportedly leading buyers to make under-the-table payments to officials.
Thangyat performers say that censorship has increased in recent years, but officials say restrictions on subject matter concerning ethnic minorities and sensitive topics are needed.
The Mon, Arakanese and Shan celebrate Thingyan with more than just water-throwing and partying; they also uphold festival food traditions and religious ceremonies.
State media has reported that fresh fighting has killed 10 Burma Army soldiers and wounded a further 62, figures disputed by Kokang insurgents in Laukkai.
The opposition leader meets Friday with Burma’s top leaders, but says the talks will be meaningful only if they lead to credible elections this year.
Cheery Zahau, a human rights educator and long-time advocate for Burma’s Chin community, will seek election with the Chin Progressive Party.
An ethnic leader accuses the Burmese government of exaggerating the significance of an agreement hailed in state media as a “historic” breakthrough in peace negotiations.
Another student activist who participated in a protest that was violently dispersed in Pegu Division is arrested for allegedly joining a subsequent Rangoon demonstration.
Rangoon Municipal Hall and the government of Japan plan to set up a $16-million garbage incinerator in Rangoon’s Shwepyitha Township.
Political and ethnic leaders have given a tepid appraisal of the latest round of dialogue with President Thein Sein, held in Naypyidaw on Wednesday.
Burma’s Lower House of Parliament approves amendments to the National Education Law, but students said that several of their demands had been compromised.
A new fruit and vegetable market in Rangoon’s Bahan Township offers fresh, clean produce to an eager market of health-conscious consumers.
A Rangoon Division opposition lawmaker fails in attempt to get the local legislature to stop a commercial real estate development project at Kyaikkasan sports track.
The Yangon Electricity Supply Corporation has pledged to supply round the clock electricity to Rangoon over the summer months, according to chairman Aung Khine.
Renewed hostilities are reported between Burma Army troops and three ethnic armed groups, less than a week after ethnic negotiators reached a tentative ceasefire pact with the government.
A fire in a refugee camp in northern Thailand leaves about 1,000 people homeless as of Tuesday evening, according to a camp official.
The United States says Burma’s failure to amend its military-drafted Constitution raises questions about the credibility of democratic reforms undertaken since 2011.
Lawyers said Tuesday’s court proceedings are related to a plan by authorities to transfer the students’ cases from Letpadan to the more remote Tharawady District.
A bill that opponents say threatens women’s reproductive rights is passed by Burma’s Union Parliament, with the controversial legislation now awaiting the president’s signature.