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Burma Retains Least-Developed Country Designation

The UN appears poised to keep Burma on its list of least-developed countries for the future, dampening official efforts to shed the title by 2015.

Naga Move to Expand Self-Administered Zone

Ethnic Naga leaders will attempt to absorb two more townships, currently under the jurisdiction of Sagaing Division, into the minority group’s self-administered zone.

NLD to Lead ‘Whole Year’ Celebration of Aung San’s 100th Birthday

The National League for Democracy gears up for “a whole year” of celebrations to commemorate Burmese independence hero Gen. Aung San’s centenary birthday.

Election Commission Warns IRI Over Campaign Training to NLD

Burma’s election commission says the US-based International Republican Institute violated rules during election campaign training in Irrawaddy Division that was only attended by NLD members.

‘Protection Laws’ Submitted to Burma’s Parliament

A controversial legislative package known as the “protection of race and religion laws” will be up for debate during Burma’s next parliamentary session.

Women Garment Workers Join Forces Amid Lure of City Jobs

Thousands of young women from villages and towns across Burma are pouring into Rangoon garment factories for their first ever taste of financial independence.

Asean Disability Arts Festival to Begin This Week

Artists and performers with disabilities from across all 10 Asean countries will showcase their talents in Rangoon over the weekend.

Army Chief Meets KNU, Says He Supports Stalled Ceasefire Process

Burma Army chief Min Aung Hlaing meets with leaders of the Karen National Union and reportedly reaffirms his support for the stalled nationwide ceasefire process.

6 Students to Face Charges For Education Protest

Six students may face charges for leading a demonstration against a new education law in central Burma on Saturday, according to one protest leader.

Commuter Train Service to Begin on Strand Road

The largely dormant Strand Road rail line will be used for a new commuter train service beginning this month, according to Myanmar Railways.

Menace or Myth, Burma Frets Over Rohingya Militant Group

The Rohingya Solidarity Organisation, a Muslim militant group believed to now be defunct, is perceived as an existential threat by many Burmese officials.

Lawmakers Slam Hesitation on Six Party Talks

One day after a presidential spokesman labeled a constitutional roundtable ‘impractical’, lawmakers have criticized the government’s reluctance to hold discussions on reform.

Information Access on Agenda as Media Prepare for Military Meeting

Burma’s Interim Press Council meets with journalists to decide the main topics to be discussed at a first-ever workshop between media members and military officers.

ICRC Sets Record $30m Budget For Burma

The International Committee of the Red Cross announces a record US$30 million budget for work in Burma over the coming year.

Money, Jewelry Pilfered From Famed Inle Lake Pagoda

More than 10 million kyats worth of money and jewelry was stolen from Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda on Wednesday, according to custodians.

Letpadaung Mine Development Risks Further Abuses: Amnesty

Amnesty International has criticised a controversial copper mine project in Sagaing Division, highlighting the practice of forced resettlements and the failure to address environmental concerns.

Burma Constitution Summit ‘Impractical’: Presidential Spokesman

A summit of political leaders proposed by Burma’s parliament to debate constitutional change is “impractical” and unlikely to happen, the president’s spokesman.

Govt Neglecting Student Demands, Mandalay Protestors Say

Student activists in Mandalay say authorities are neglecting the desires of students and teachers despite a sustained campaign of protests against the National Education Law.

Ethnic MPs Select Aye Maung for Proposed Talks on Constitution

Ethnic MPs appoint Aye Maung to represent them at proposed six-member talks on constitutional reform but other attendees, including Thein Sein, are yet to commit.

Suu Kyi Woos Military Lawmakers Ahead of Talks on Constitution

The opposition leader invites military lawmakers to dinner in a bid to build ties ahead of a proposed summit on changing the Constitution.