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USDP Leader Urges Committee to Review Key Constitutional Reforms

Union Parliament Speaker and USDP chairman Shwe Mann urges a parliamentary committee to consider reforms to constitutional clauses that guarantee the military great political powers.

Little Power for Local School Officials in Burma: Report

Burma’s government is loosening its grip on the school system, but education officials at the local level say most decisions are still made from above.

Rangoon to Ban Passenger Travel on Hilux Trucks

Starting next month, the Rangoon Division government will prohibit the use of the Toyota pickup trucks for passenger transport in Burma’s commercial capital.

Muslim Activists Denied Chance to Speak at Mandalay Literature Event

Three activists in Burma are prevented from appearing at an event in Mandalay, after Buddhist monks protested their inclusion on the roster of scheduled speakers.

Ethnicity Data From Burma Census Could Be Political, Groups Warn

A group of 30 civil society and ethnic organizations are concerned data collected on ethnicity in the upcoming census could be used for political gain.

Govt to Seek Unesco Recognition of Myazedi Inscription

Burma’s Ministry of Culture is planning to seek official Unesco recognition of a Bagan-era stone inscription.

Burma Army Deployed to Guard 20-Ton Jade Stone

Government troops are protecting a huge raw stone found by a small-scale miner in Hpakant, home to some of the world’s best jade.

NLD, 88 Generation Target Military Veto Over Burma Constitutional Reform

Aung San Suu Kyi’s party and the former student leaders’ group say they want to use “people power” to first change the rules about how Burma’s Constitution can be amended.

On Mon National Day, Cautious Support for Peace Process

Thousands of people celebrate their heritage in southeastern Burma, with ethnic leaders reiterating support for peace talks while also remaining apprehensive.

We Are Still in the Battlefield: Karen Military Chief

Karen National Liberation Army Commander in Chief Gen Saw Johnny tells The Irrawaddy that Burma’s ethnic groups must continue to cooperate in ceasefire talks with the government.

Conservation of Historical Teak Monastery Underway in Mandalay

Preservation works for the Shwe Nan Daw Kyaung Monastery, one of Mandalay’s most iconic historical structures, officially begin with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

MSF, Human Rights Commission at Odds Over Maungdaw Violence

Burma’s National Human Rights Commission and Médecins Sans Frontières dispute the latter’s statement that it treated 22 people injured during recent violence in Arakan State.

Burma Journalists on Trial for Reporting Alleged Chemical Weapons Factory

Burma police have charged five journalists with “disclosing state secrets” after their newspaper carried a story about an alleged chemical weapons factory, state media reports.

Fair Pitches US Universities to Burma’s Young People

Education officials from the United States travel to Rangoon to tout what they say are growing opportunities for Burmese students to enroll at American universities.

Art for Love’s Sake

Aung Soe Min has been encouraging Rangoon’s lovebirds to consider a less tradition gift to mark Valentine’s Day this year.

Thaksin’s Former Wife Visits Burmese Astrologer

The former wife of Thailand’s ex-prime minister pays a visit to one of Burma’s most famous astrologers during a recent trip to the country.

$22Mln in ADB Programs to Reduce Poverty, Improve HIV/Aids Care

Japan is providing US$22 million in grants to finance Asian Development Bank programs aimed at rural poverty reduction and improving HIV/Aids care in Burma.

Denied Pagoda Venue, Literary Festival Kicks Off at Mandalay Hotel

The Irrawaddy Literary Festival gets a bumpy start, with a last-minute venue change after organizers were denied permission to hold the event at Kuthodaw Pagoda.

Journalists Raise Alarm Over Shorter Visas in Burma

Journalists say the Burma government is imposing new visa restrictions that will make it difficult for them to remain based in the country full time.

Burma Urged to Drop Census Questions on Ethnicity, Religion

The International Crisis Group calls on the Burma government and the United Nations to remove “needlessly antagonistic and divisive” questions from the census next month.