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‘White Card’ Holders Eligible to Vote on Constitutional Reform

Burma’s Union Parliament passes a law granting temporary citizens the right to vote in a constitutional referendum slated for later this year.

Badly Burned Bodies of Four Kachin Villagers Uncovered

The charred remains of four Kachin villagers are discovered in Burma’s conflict-torn north, with locals claiming army involvement amid increasingly tense civilian-military relations.

NLD Distances Itself from Leading Voice on Education

Burma’s leading opposition party distances itself from an outspoken education reform advocate who serves on the party’s central executive committee.

Protests Continue as Students, Govt Discuss Education Reform

Student demonstrators reach an eight-point agreement with educational and political stakeholders outlining pre-conditions for further discussion of education reform.

Govt Ministries Systematically Flouting Spending Rules: Auditor General

There were 799 documented breaches of ministry spending rules in the last financial year, and lawmakers say the need for public finance reform is urgent.

Lawmaker Urges Return of 15,000 Acres Seized by Govt

Compensation for nearly 15,000 acres of land confiscated by Burma’s former military regime for redevelopment in Rangoon has yet to be paid, a lawmaker says.

Suu Kyi Memorabilia to be Auctioned at $200k

Aung San Suu Kyi’s residential gate and house number plate are auctioned off to fund celebrations honoring her father during the centennial of his birth.

Govt Proposes 20% Budget Rise Boosting Education, Defense and Health

President Thein Sein proposes to Parliament a 20 percent budget increase next year, much of which would go to raising education, health and defense spending.

Lawmakers Debate Religious Protection Bills

Parliament turns its attention to two bills in a package of controversial legislation that aims to “protect race and religion” in Burma.

Hundreds Homeless After Late-Night Eviction in Rangoon

More than 100 homes are demolished in Rangoon’s Dagon Seikkan Township on Friday morning, after authorities ordered residents to vacate claiming they were illegal squatters.

Army Statement Warns Against Linking Teachers’ Murders to Troops

A military-owned media outlet says anyone could face legal action for alleging that soldiers were involved in the murder of two Kachin teachers. 

Hakha Locals Plan Protest Against Order to Remove Cross

Residents of the Chin State capital plan to protest a state government order to remove a 54-foot high cross they claim was erected without permission.

Landmark Exhibition of Burmese Buddhist Art Headed for New York

An organization that helped renew ties between the US and Burma will host a landmark exhibition of Burmese Buddhist art in New York next month.

KNU, Govt to Build ‘Model Village’ for IDPs

Karen rebels team up with the Burmese government to build a new “model village” for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in southeastern Karen State.

Kachin Trio Missing After Burma Army Encounter

Three Kachin men go missing near the border town of Muse after reportedly being stopped by Burma Army troops on their way to work.

Burma Tallies 1,114 Bird Species, 20 Previously Unrecorded

A survey of birds reveals nearly 20 not known to have existed in Burma, including a large black seabird with a ballooning red neck sack.

Dockside Dining at ‘Port Autonomy’

Worlds collide agreeably at a modern diner set inside an old industrial shed on the Yangon riverfront.

Student Leaders to Meet President, Lawmakers

In a big win for student demonstrators, the Burmese government agrees on Wednesday to host quadripartite discussions on education reform.

Mon Rebels Prohibit Controversial Coal Plant

Ethnic rebels in Mon State announce that they will not allow a proposed coal-fired power plant to be built in the southeastern state.

Newly Minted YCDC Members Finding Power Elusive

The first elected representatives of Rangoon’s municipal government in decades complain that they have been granted little authority in their new posts.