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Amid Construction Boom, Burma Starts to Build Disaster Resilience

Experts warn that in the middle of its boom, Burma must build resiliently, with an eye on the country’s vulnerability to natural disasters.

5,000 Displaced by Kachin Clashes Amid KIO Leader’s US Visit

A week of fighting between Kachin rebels and the Burmese Army displaces more than 5,000 in Kachin and Shan states, an aid group there says.

Burmese Democracy Activist Win Tin Dies

Win Tin, one of the country’s most famous democracy activists, passes away at the age of 84 after suffering from multiple organ failure.

An Apology Long Overdue

Veteran politician and journalist Win Tin has died, without ever receiving an apology for his wrongful imprisonment and ill-treatment for 19 years.

22 Dead State Media Reports, as Kachin Fighting Intensifies

Fighting between government troops and ethnic rebels in Burma’s northeastern state of Kachin has left at least 22 people dead this month, state-run media reports.

Senior US Official Raises Arakan Concerns With Thein Sein

The US assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs meets Burma’s president and other top officials over the situation in Arakan State.

Police, CCTV to Safeguard Thingyan Festivities

Police in Burma are implementing precautionary security measures and boosting the presence of law enforcement officers to ensure the safety of Thingyan revelers.

Hundreds Displaced as Burma Army Shells Kachin Rebel Post

Heavy fighting between government forces and troops from the Kachin Independence Army displaces more than 300 local residents in eastern Kachin State.

Letpadaung Trainees Go on Strike Over Pay and Conditions

Locals hired as trainees by the Chinese firm developing the controversial copper-mining project in central Burma stage a demonstration.

Burmese Military Accompanies Census Enumerators in Conflict Area

An official with the Kachin Independence Organization says villagers would flee if columns of government troops enter villages in ethnic Kachin areas.

Mon State to Allow Ethnic Language Classes in Govt Schools

The state legislature passes a bill to allow the teaching of ethnic languages in government schools for the first time in more than 50 years.

Displaced Villagers Defy Govt, Resettle in Karen Rebel Territory

About 160 villagers who were evicted from their homes near Rangoon resettled in rebel-held territory in Karen State in recent days, despite objections from authorities.

New Book Documents the Struggle of Burma’s Student Army

The All Burma Students’ Democratic Front (ABSDF) is in the spotlight in a book launching in Thailand on Thursday and in Rangoon later this month.

Mandalay Prepares for a More Modern Water Festival

Burma’s cultural capital is gearing up to celebrate Thingyan next week, but some local residents fear that longstanding festival traditions are quickly losing popularity.

Commission Criticizes Arakan Govt’s ‘Weak’ Handling of Riots

An investigation launched by the Burmese government finds that an aid worker did not mishandle a Buddhist flag before a mob attacked offices and houses.

Relocated Thilawa SEZ Villagers Persist in Calls for JICA Meeting

Families forced off their land by the Thilawa SEZ project in Rangoon Division again urge the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to address their grievances.

Burma Election Commission to Ban Suu Kyi’s Campaign Strategy

The chief of Burma’s national election commission defends the military’s political role and pledges to ban campaign methods used by the NLD in 2012.

Armed Groups, Govt Still Disagree on Burma Ceasefire Wording

Despite an announcement that a single draft had been agreed upon in principle, key issues remain and the sides will meet once again in May.

North Korea Talks Not About Arms Deals, Says Burma Govt

In the second meeting announced this year, North Korean officials met with counterparts in the Burmese Ministry of Foreign Affairs last week in Naypyidaw.

Shan, Wa Rebels Clash Over Gold in Eastern Burma

Clashes occur between the Shan State Army South and the United Wa State Army, stemming from a dispute over gold mining activities in Shan State.