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Ethnic Groups Voice Concern over Census Classification System

Members of some of Burma’s ethnic minorities say that official categories to be used in an upcoming national census are inaccurate and unnecessarily divisive.

Burmese Travelers Urged to Leave Time for Bangkok Flights

A Burmese tour company joins airlines in sending alerts to customers with flights booked from Bangkok the day protesters plan to shut down the capital.

Karenni Farmers Have Few Options Besides Opium: Civil Society Groups

Local civil society groups say more people are turning to opium poppy cultivation in the eastern Burma state due to difficulties in growing other crops.

Naw Ohn Hla Says Religious Disturbance Case is Political

The prominent activist calls on authorities to drop charges filed against her after she held prayers for Aung San Suu Kyi at a famous pagoda.

Suu Kyi Wraps Up Constitutional Reform Tour in Northwest Burma

Tens of thousands of people turn out to support Aung San Suu Kyi on the last day of her tour to promote constitutional change.

Burma Opens New Passport Offices Around the Country

Burmese citizens can apply for passports at 15 locations nationwide, in a departure from the prior system which required them to travel to Rangoon.

Burma Govt Health, Education Budgets Likely to Remain Low in 2014

President Thein Sein proposes to allocate less than 6 percent of the national budget to education and less than 4 percent to health.

US Ambassador Supports Constitutional Reform, Calls Article 59F ‘Relic of the Past’

As calls for constitutional reform grow louder, US Ambassador calls an article preventing Aung San Suu Kyi from becoming president “a relic of the past.”

Fires in Camps in Thailand Raise Pressure on Burmese Refugees

Fires that ravaged two camps along the Thai-Burma border have added to mounting pressure on the refugees to return home, amid talks on repatriating them.

Wirathu to Discuss Interfaith Marriage Restrictions at Monks’ Conference

Nationalist Buddhist monk U Wirathu plans to hold a large monks’ conference in Mandalay next week, where he will again propose restrictions on interfaith marriage.

Burma’s Miss Supranational Deemed One of Pageant World’s ‘Most Beautiful Girls’

Burmese beauty queen Khin Wint Wah continues to generate Internet buzz, deemed one of the “Most Beautiful Girls of 2013” by an international pageant watcher.

Car Accidents, Land Mines Blamed for Rising Disabled Population in Burma

The number of people in Burma living with physical disabilities is rising, advocates for the disabled say, blaming traffic accidents and land mine explosions.

Burma, India Officials Discuss Disputed Border Demarcation

Officials from both countries held discussions to resolve outstanding differences over demarcation of the border that separates India’s Manipur State and western Burma’s Sagaing Division.

Hong Kong Recruiters Pitch for Burmese Home Help

Hong Kong recruitment agencies promote a proposed scheme to allow Burmese citizens to work as domestic helpers in the Chinese special administrative region.

Thein Sein Plans $20 Salary Increase for Civil Servants, Pensioners

President Thein Sein wants to increase government salaries and pensions with about US $20, marking the third time that he has raised salaries since 2011.

Embassy Warns Burmese to Avoid Protests in Bangkok

Burmese nationals in Thailand should take precautions to safeguard their personal security due to political tensions in the neighboring country, Burma’s Embassy in Bangkok warns.

New Alliance to Focus on National Interest, Avoid ‘Power Politics’

A recently forged alliance that includes several ethnic political parties says it will focus efforts on national development rather than wade into Burma’s power politics.

Chin Govt Allegedly Keeps Supporters Away From Suu Kyi Speech

Aung San Suu Kyi plans to complain after hearing accusations that the Chin State government forbade government staff members and students from attending her speech.

89 Dockworkers Return From Malaysia After Brawl

Migrant laborers working in a shipyard in Miri, Borneo, are being repatriated this week after they became embroiled in a fight with their Indonesian colleagues.

Suu Kyi Brings Constitutional Talk to Chin State

The opposition leader arrives in Tedim Township and asks thousands of local people whether they support amendments to the controversial 2008 charter.