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Conditions Worsening in Burma, Urge Tougher US Policy: Lawmakers

U.S. lawmakers say conditions in Burma turn for the worse and want Secretary of State to warn its government that could seriously damage bilateral relations.

Call Me, Maybe? Rangoon Becomes SIM City

The streets of Rangoon are abuzz as consumers queue up eagerly at shops offering long-awaited SIM cards from the Qatari telecoms firm Ooredoo.

Govt Working With China on Border Dispute in Shan State

Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin tells Parliament that Burma is working with China to resolve Shan communities’ complaints over the demarcation of the Burma-China border.

Thein Sein Urges People in Arakan State to ‘Look Forward’

The Burmese president delivers his monthly radio address to the nation, calling for a central government plan for the troubled western region to be accepted.

Shan Village Abandoned for Fear of Burma Army Reprisals 

A Shan village in Namkham Township, northern Shan State, was abandoned after the Burma Army interrogated villagers about the recent assassination of two military officers.

State-Run Newspaper Launches Ethnic Languages Supplement

The New Light of Myanmar launches a weekly news supplement in Mon, Pa-O and Karen languages, but independent ethic media view the initiative with suspicion.

Burma Army Releases 91 More Child Soldiers

A total of 364 children and young people have now been discharged since Burma signed an agreement to end their use in the Tatmadaw.

Govt, Ethnic Alliance to Meet for Nationwide Ceasefire Talks

An alliance of ethnic armed groups is scheduled to meet with government peace negotiator Aung Min in the Kachin State capital Myitkyina this weekend.

Parliamentary Commission Formed to Review Burma’s Electoral System

A proposal to change from the first-past-the-post system to proportional representation is opposed by the opposition National League for Democracy and ethnic minority parties.

New Zealand Minister Sees Trade Potential With Burma

The country’s minister for economic development predicts that the economic relationship with Burma will progress after elections in 2015

National Education Bill Passes Parliament, Heads to President

Burma’s Union Parliament passes a National Education Bill, bringing the nation’s derelict schooling system one step closer to an overhaul.

First Resettlements Set to Begin in Violence-Hit Meikhtila

Out of 7,845 people who remain displaced after violence in the central Burma town in March last year, 220 households are set to be resettled.

Burma’s UEC Under Fire for Election Rule Changes

The Union Election Commission faces criticism from Burma’s opposition political parties after it moved to tighten campaigning rules ahead of elections next year.

Troop Repositioning, Code of Conduct Important for Nationwide Ceasefire: Ethnics

Ethnic armed groups plan to make troop repositioning and a code of conduct for armed units a priority in their negotiations with the government.

Burma’s Interim Press Council to Meet Thein Sein

The group of veteran journalists requested a meeting with the president after a number of recent court cases brought against the media.

Presidential Spokesman Ye Htut Nominated for Information Minister Post

President Thein Sein nominates his spokesman and Deputy Information Minister Ye Htut as the replacement for Information Minister Aung Kyi, who resigned Wednesday.

Burmese Army Officers Murdered in Violence-Wracked Namkham

Two Burmese Army officers are reportedly murdered in northern Shan State, where government troops have clashed in recent months with ethnic armed rebel groups.

Uncertainty, Concern Surround Thai Govt Headcount of Refugees

Thai military orders a headcount in camps to prepare for repatriation, but refugees, NGOs and the UN are kept in the dark about the plans.

Ethnic Ceasefire Team Concludes Laiza Summit

Members of ethnic rebel groups’ Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team say they are ready to take the results of their talks to other peace process stakeholders.

Burma’s Information and Health Ministers Step Down

Burma’s ministers for information and health have been allowed to retire, state television reports, in the country’s second cabinet reshuffle in two months.