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As Census Kicks Off, Questions and Criticisms Persist

Burma’s nationwide census begins in earnest, accompanied by plenty of controversy but also reports of the population-counting exercise proceeding smoothly.

With Anticipation, Rangoon Youths Prepare for Water Festival

The holiday known as Thingyan is expected to be bigger than ever this year, with more pandals from which to drench passing pedestrians with hoses.

Aid Workers in Arakan Should Be More Sensitive to Local Customs: Official

Recent riots in Sittwe were sparked by the rumored disrespectful handling of a Buddhist flag, prompting an official to caution international aid workers.

Rangoon Land Protesters Undeterred by Late-Night Eviction

Hundreds of people, apparently working for City Hall, forcibly dismantled a protest camp in central Rangoon in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Myanma Freedom Daily Newspaper Suspends Operations

One of two English-language private dailies available in Burma has suspended its operations to build up capacity, according to the publication’s founder.

Win Tin Admitted to Intensive Care Unit in Rangoon

The veteran journalist and outspoken democracy activist was reportedly put on oxygen therapy after losing consciousness, and is now staying at Rangoon General Hospital.

Peace Process ‘On Track,’ Thein Sein Tells Political Parties

Saturday’s gathering at the Rangoon Divisional Parliament was the first time that the president has met with representatives from every political party in Burma.

‘The Elders’ Call for Burma’s Peace, Transition to Be More Inclusive

As the group completes its second delegation to Burma, former world leaders note the “mistrust” that blights progress in the country.

Aid Workers Flee, Girl Killed as Attacks Continue in Sittwe

The Arakan State capital was rocked by a second day of attacks on international aid groups, and one girl was killed by police warning shots.

National Education Bill Rejected by NLD-Backed Group

The National Network for Education Reform (NNER) criticizes the government’s proposal for a new law to govern education policy in Burma.

Arakanese Mob Attacks Aid Group Offices, Forces Staff to Flee

An Arakanese mob attacked the offices and private homes of Malteser International, a large humanitarian NGO, forcing staff to flee and shut down operations.

Taste the Sky With a Juice Fit for a Prince

A small village outside Mandalay is the best place to enjoy Burma’s traditional toddy palm juice, or “sky beer.”

Air Safety to Be Tested as Burma Braces for Tourism Boom

As Burma’s economy grows and tourist arrivals rise, aviation safety will be put to the test in a country with a checkered air safety record.

Suu Kyi, Shwe Mann Want to Discuss Constitution With President, Army Chief

Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and Parliament Speaker Shwe Mann said they want to discuss constitutional reforms with Burma’s president and army chief.

Four Detained, Charged at Burma Constitutional Amendment Rally

Activists from 88 Generation Peace and Open Society say they were briefly held and then charged under a controversial law that requires permission for protests.

$5.7Bln in Timber Smuggled Out of Burma, Illegal Logging Rampant: Report

Researchers say $5.7 billion worth of logs was smuggled out of Burma since 2000, while almost half of all exported timber was logged illegally.

Joint Thai-Burmese Study Slated for Siamese King’s Mandalay Tomb

The Burmese and Thai cultural ministries are likely to jointly conduct research on Siamese King Uthumphon’s tomb, located near the city of Mandalay.

Life Goes On in Kachin Camps, But the Future Is Bleak

Thousands of people are living in temporary shelters on the Burmese-Chinese border after they were displaced by the ongoing war in Kachin State.

Candle Protest Planned Against Impending Electricity Rate Hike

Activists in Rangoon plan to hold a candle-lit protest on Wednesday night against an electricity price increase due to take effect on April 1.

Thein Sein Lauds Reforms, Backs ‘Gentle’ Constitutional Change

Three years after his government took the reins from Burma’s military junta, the president reviews the progress that the country has made.