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Calls for Transparency After Reports of Violence in Arakan State

The Burma government insists that there is no truth to reports that many were killed during a crackdown in Du Char Yar Tan village last week.

Conference of Burma’s Ethnic Armed Groups Begins in Karen Territory

Karen National Union leader speaks of the importance of working toward a nationwide ceasefire with the government ahead of talks in Hpa-an.

Rangoon Promises 24-Hour Power to Residents During Summer

The electricity supply board pledges to boost the power supply for local residents but says industrial zones will likely need to keep their generators.

Farmers Travel to Rangoon to Decry Land Seizures, Trespassing Charges

Two organizers are charged after about 500 farmers from all over Burma protest without the authorities’ permission in the center of the city.

Burma’s Sin City Retains It’s ‘Special’ Features

The Sino-Burmese border town of Mong La—a haven for casino operators, brothel owners and ivory merchants—is still beyond the reach of Burma’s central government.

Man, Elephant ‘Face-Off for Food’ in Irrawaddy Delta

Wild elephants are increasingly encroaching on the lands—and threatening the livelihoods—of farmers in the Irrawaddy Delta, local residents say.

Sectarian Violence in Burma Has Regional Impact, Says Indonesian Foreign Minister

Despite calls to keep internal affairs out of regional talks, Asean’s largest member says Burmese strife has effects beyond the country’s borders.

Prioritize Bamboo Production in Burma: Environmentalists

Environmentalists say bamboo should be given special consideration for commercial plantation in Burma, which ranks among the world’s top producers of the plant.

27% of Children Chronically Malnourished in Burma Dry Zone: Survey

A study by the government, the UN World Food Program and Save the Children examined food security and nutrition in an area with limited rainfall.

Graves Found Near Abandoned IDP Camps in Kachin State

Six graves have been found near a camp for internally displaced persons following a raid by government troops on a nearby village three months ago.

Is China Betting on a Suu Kyi Presidency?

China softens its stance toward opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi amid a democratic transition in Burma that could see her one day elected president.

Buddhist Mob, Police Raid Rohingya Village, Many Left Dead: Rights Group

Buddhist villagers and security forces allegedly attacked a Rohingya village in northern Arakan State, leading to the deaths of as many as 60 women and children.

Burma Govt Requests $7m for Peace Process

A budget request of 7 billion kyats for Burma’s peace process is submitted to Parliament as a designated appropriations item for the first time.

Monk Conference Backs Bills to Restrict Interfaith Marriage, Rohingya Voting

Thousands of monks in Mandalay want to restrict marriage between Buddhist women and men of other faiths, as well as voting by temporary ID holders.

Suu Kyi Still Wants to Meet Burma Army Chief

The opposition leader has attempted unsuccessfully to talk with the commander-in-chief about constitutional reform, and she says she plans to try again.

Guitarists to Hit the Stage for Burma’s First Instrumental Show

The first ever instrumental guitar show in the country, set to be held in Rangoon this month, offers a chance for virtuosos to play to the public.

Civil Society Groups Learn to Harness ICT at ‘Tech Camp’

About 80 Burmese civil society organizations participated in a US-funded ‘Tech Camp’, where they learned how to use ICT to promote their organizations’ goals.

Warning for Factories as Rangoon Electricity Board Discovers Tampered Meter

The power provider in Burma’s former capital imposes a fine on an ice factory in Hlaing Township for avoiding paying the full amount for power.

Concerns Over Impunity in Burma Soldier’s Alleged Rape of 13-Year-Old

As a report records widespread allegations of rape against the Burma Army, Mon women’s group wants justice for victim in Mon State.

Burma Defense Ministry Puts Forward Budget Request

The ministry requests less funding for this fiscal year, although the proposed budget, if approved, would still be the biggest budget of all government ministries.