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Home Affairs Ministry to Overhaul Burmese Passports

Five years after upgrading the country’s woefully obsolete passport system, the government has announced a tender for the introduction of biometric travel documents.

Ministry Denies Evicting Disabled Woman over Student Protests

The government has denied reports that 25-year-old Su Pon Chit was evicted from her apartment as a result of her involvement in recent student protests.

Disagreements Signal Long Road Ahead for Nationwide Peace

During a press conference, optimism arising from a draft ceasefire was tempered by the emergence of fundamental political differences between the government and ethnic groups.

Supreme Court to Hear Convicted Ex-Minister’s Corruption Appeal

The court will hear the appeal of former Religious Affairs Minister Hsan Hsint, who was jailed last October for misappropriation of public finances and sedition.

President Seeks Expanded UEC to Add Ethnic Voices

President Thein Sein asks Parliament to appoint eight new ethnic minority members to the Union Election Commission, which will oversee Burma’s national elections in November.

Govt Accepts 45 Journalists for ‘President’s Press Corps’

Burma’s Information Ministry accepts 45 journalists into a press corps that will be granted access to the Presidential Palace and public events involving the president.

Sangha Prohibits Prominent Monk From Public Speech

A prominent Buddhist abbot is reportedly banned indefinitely from giving public sermons by Burma’s highest religious authority, the State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee.

Taiwanese Man Gets 4 Months, Hard Labor for Illegal Firearm

An Irrawaddy Division court sentences a Taiwanese national to four months in prison with hard labor for possessing an unlicensed gun.

Myanmar Times Cartoon Prompts Swift Apology to Military

The newspaper apologized on Monday for publishing a cartoon that drew a link between Burma’s armed forces and forced evictions of farmers.

Nancy Pelosi to Lead US Delegation in Burma

A delegation of US officials led by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will arrive in Burma on Wednesday for high-level meetings in Naypyidaw and Rangoon.

Former Political Prisoner Facing Charges over Letpadan Protest

Nandar Sit Aung, sentenced in 2004 for criticizing the military junta, is before the courts after being apprehended in Rangoon on Thursday.

Electoral Education Underway as Batch of Voter Lists Is Released

With 10 voter lists released ahead of landmark elections later this year, civil society organizations are encouraging Rangoon citizens to ensure they are properly registered.

Govt, Rebels Say They Agree In Principle on Nationwide Ceasefire Text

A government advisor and ethnic rebel representatives say they in principle reached an agreement on the content of a nationwide ceasefire text.

Trash Talking Rangoon Residents Refuse to Recognize Regional Representative’s Garbage Grab

Myint Swe’s attempt to beautify the city, and perhaps his own image, have been criticized by local residents.

Pandal Scandal: Water Festival Party Pavilions Sold on the Black Market

City permits for the development of party ‘pandals’ during Burma’s forthcoming Water Festival are being leased illegally at exorbitant prices, local businesspeople say.

Victim of Red Cross Convoy Ambush in Kokang Dies

A volunteer who was shot during an attack on a Red Cross convoy last month in northeast Burma succumbs to his injuries.

Mandalay Police Initiate Legal Complaint Against BBC Reporter

A Burmese journalist working for the BBC could face criminal charges for allegedly hitting a policeman after an officer initiated a legal complaint against him.

Suu Kyi Meets Karen Leader to Discuss Peace, Politics

Burma’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi meets with KNU Chairman Mutu Say Poe to discuss the peace process, constitutional reform and upcoming elections.

Fighting Reported Between Govt and Arakan Army

Rare fighting reportedly breaks out between government troops and ethnic rebels of the Arakan Army in western Burma.

Solar-Power Airplane Departs from Mandalay

Solar Impulse 2, an aircraft powered entirely by solar energy, left Mandalay for China on Monday morning.