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Charter Referendum ‘Unlikely’ in May: Ethnic Leader

A nationwide referendum on amending Burma’s controversial Constitution is unlikely to happen in May as a senior parliamentary leader previously suggested, an ethnic politician says.

Water Festival Crimes, Accidents Leave 16 Dead, 356 Injured

Police said a total of 16 people died and 356 others were injured because of traffic accidents and crimes that occurred during Thingyan celebrations.

Charity to Donate 50 Prosthetic Hands

The Dr. Saw Mya Aung Foundation will provide 50 amputees in Burma with prosthetic hands that can seize and hold objects.

UK-Based Burmese Doctor Jailed for Fondling Female Patient: Reports

A 43-year-old married Burmese physician is sentenced to 18 months in prison for fondling a teenager’s breasts in the United Kingdom, British media report.

At High-Level Dialogue, Six Parties Agree to More Talks

Reform talks involving Burma’s biggest political players conclude with the government calling the meeting “a success” and an ethnic leader saying more discussions would come.

Suu Kyi’s Political Skills Tested in Pre-Election Showdown

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.

New Rangoon Parking Permit Policy Said to Be Fueling Corruption

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.

Thingyan Satirists in Rangoon Set to Defy Govt Censorship Order

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.

During Water Festival, Burma’s Minorities Celebrate With Diverse Traditions

The Mon, Arakanese and Shan celebrate Thingyan with more than just water-throwing and partying; they also uphold festival food traditions and religious ceremonies.

Government, Kokang Insurgents Dispute Casualties in Latest Skirmish

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.

Suu Kyi Hopes High-Level Meeting Leads to Fair Elections

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.

Ethnic Chin Activist Cheery Zahau to Contest 2015 Election

Cheery Zahau, a human rights educator and long-time advocate for Burma’s Chin community, will seek election with the Chin Progressive Party.

Govt ‘Exaggerating’ Significance of Accord With Ethnic Groups: NCCT Leader

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.

Police Nab Another Student Linked to Letpadan Protest

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 Municipality to Build Third Waste Incinerator

Rangoon Municipal Hall and the government of Japan plan to set up a $16-million garbage incinerator in Rangoon’s Shwepyitha Township.

Lukewarm Response to Latest 48-Party Confab

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 Approves Amendments to Controversial Education Law

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.

Rangoon Parliament Dismiss Objections Over Project at Kyaikkasan Grounds

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.

Power Chief Pledges End to Rangoon Outages

The Yangon Electricity Supply Corporation has pledged to supply round the clock electricity to Rangoon over the summer months, according to chairman Aung Khine.