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Sovereignty at Stake if Suu Kyi Presidency Clause Is Nixed: Military MP

A military parliamentarian rules out an Aung San Suu Kyi presidency as lawmakers convene for a second day of deliberations on proposed constitutional amendments.

Govt to Opt for Middle Ground on Minimum Wage Demands

Discussions in Rangoon have failed to find common ground between workers’ representatives and employers, as the government prepares to implement an official minimum wage.

Taxi Hire Goes Mobile in Burma’s Car-Clogged Commercial Capital

A mobile phone application linking passengers with taxi drivers launches in Rangoon’s Hlaing Tharyar Township, billed as the latest initiative to help reduce traffic congestion.

Where Next in Latest Ceasefire Deadlock?

Cynicism, suspicion and deadlock have occasionally boiled over in the course of Myanmar’s arduous ceasefire talks, and so they have once again.

Bangladesh Rejects Burma ‘Proposal’ to Link Migrant Return to Freeing Guard

Bangladesh says it turned down a proposal from Burma to return a captured officer if Dhaka accepts some 600 trafficked migrants as Bangladeshi nationals.

Case Closed in Par Gyi Inquiry, Widow Vows to Appeal

A court in eastern Burma says a journalist killed in military custody died of a gunshot wound, delivering no remarks about who was to blame.

Parliamentary Debate Begins on Constitutional Reform Bill

Lawmakers take up a constitutional amendment bill, with deliberations scheduled to continue through Thursday, when a vote on changes to the contentious charter is expected.

Govt Summons Ethnic Peace Team, Defends Ceasefire Draft

Government peace negotiators invite ethnic leaders for terse talks, reiterating that they do not want to alter the current draft of a nationwide ceasefire agreement.

Ethnic Armed Group Accused of Abducting Local Party Leaders in Shan State

The Restoration Council of Shan State is accused of abducting two leaders a local branch of the Ta’ang National Party in Shan State.

Travel Association Calls for ‘ASEAN Plus Three’ Visa Exemption Deal

The Federation of ASEAN Travel Associations calls for visa-free travel for tourists among the 10-nation bloc, as well as from China, Japan and South Korea.

Ma Ba Tha to Trade Bullhorns for Broadcast Towers in Radio Deal

The Buddhist nationalist organization will trade in their bullhorns for broadcast towers after a Thai religious delegation pledged funding to build the group two radio stations.

Rohingya Activist Attends Annual White House Iftar Dinner

Wai Wai Nu, a young Rohingya activist based in Rangoon, was among the guests at a dinner hosted by US President Barack Obama marking Ramadan.

Ex-Spy Chief Criticizes Journalists in Rare On-Screen Interview

Burma’s notorious ex-spy chief urges the nation’s media to refrain from criticizing the former military regime, warning that it could negatively impact development.

Support Incumbents, Ma Ba Tha Leader Tells Monks

An influential nationalist monk urges his fellow Buddhist clergymen to rally support for the incumbent government instead of Burma’s political opposition in the general election.

Bill Seeks to Modernize Parts of Burma’s Penal Code

The bill calls for fine adjustments and a handful of other minor changes related to terminology, election campaigning and rape.

Burma Steps up Border Health Checks on MERS Fears

After Thailand confirmed its first case of Midde East Respiratory Syndrome, the Ministry of Health has ordered an increase in medical screenings for foreign arrivals at border checkpoints.

Suu Kyi Seeks ‘Landslide’ Election Win for NLD

Aung San Suu Kyi says the success of democracy in Burma depends on her National League for Democracy securing a “landslide” victory in the election.

Contractors Sued for Negligence After Deadly Scaffolding Collapse at Mandalay Hotel

Police file a lawsuit against the contractor at construction site where a scaffolding collapse left two workers dead and 18 in hospital.

Military Promises Shwedagon Highrises ‘Will be Stopped’: Ma Ba Tha

The Association for the Protection of Race and Religion claims that senior military figures have promised to halt five high-rise developments near Shwedagon Pagoda.

Rangoon Parliament Endorses Plan for 7 New Satellite Towns

The Rangoon Division Parliament has voted the establishment of seven new satellite towns over the next 25 years to accommodate the commercial capital’s booming population.