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Rohingya University Students’ Education on Hold in Arakan State

Hundreds of Rohingya university students in Arakan State have been prevented from continuing higher education pursuits, with authorities claiming their safety cannot be guaranteed.

Six Burma Army Troops Killed in ‘Friendly Fire’ Incident

Artillery shells apparently fired on own troops by mistake near a base in the jade mining area of Hpakant in Burma’s far north.

Irrawaddy Delta Villagers Lose Land, Homes to Mining Waste

In the Delta’s Nga Pu Taw Township, dozens of villagers have seen their land and homes disappear under muddy waste produced by pebble mining companies.

Constitutional Reform Set to Overshadow Busy Parliament Schedule

A series of controversial measures are on the docket as the ninth session of Parliament under the reformist government of President Thein Sein convenes.

Muslim Political Parties Seek Rohingya Census Recognition

Muslim political parties ask the government to recognize their religious kin in Burma’s Arakan State as Rohingya, a minority group that is currently denied citizenship.

Ethnic Groups Voice Concern over Census Classification System

Members of some of Burma’s ethnic minorities say that official categories to be used in an upcoming national census are inaccurate and unnecessarily divisive.

Burmese Travelers Urged to Leave Time for Bangkok Flights

A Burmese tour company joins airlines in sending alerts to customers with flights booked from Bangkok the day protesters plan to shut down the capital.

Karenni Farmers Have Few Options Besides Opium: Civil Society Groups

Local civil society groups say more people are turning to opium poppy cultivation in the eastern Burma state due to difficulties in growing other crops.

Naw Ohn Hla Says Religious Disturbance Case is Political

The prominent activist calls on authorities to drop charges filed against her after she held prayers for Aung San Suu Kyi at a famous pagoda.

Suu Kyi Wraps Up Constitutional Reform Tour in Northwest Burma

Tens of thousands of people turn out to support Aung San Suu Kyi on the last day of her tour to promote constitutional change.

Burma Opens New Passport Offices Around the Country

Burmese citizens can apply for passports at 15 locations nationwide, in a departure from the prior system which required them to travel to Rangoon.

Burma Govt Health, Education Budgets Likely to Remain Low in 2014

President Thein Sein proposes to allocate less than 6 percent of the national budget to education and less than 4 percent to health.

US Ambassador Supports Constitutional Reform, Calls Article 59F ‘Relic of the Past’

As calls for constitutional reform grow louder, US Ambassador calls an article preventing Aung San Suu Kyi from becoming president “a relic of the past.”

Fires in Camps in Thailand Raise Pressure on Burmese Refugees

Fires that ravaged two camps along the Thai-Burma border have added to mounting pressure on the refugees to return home, amid talks on repatriating them.

Burma’s Miss Supranational Deemed One of Pageant World’s ‘Most Beautiful Girls’

Burmese beauty queen Khin Wint Wah continues to generate Internet buzz, deemed one of the “Most Beautiful Girls of 2013” by an international pageant watcher.

Car Accidents, Land Mines Blamed for Rising Disabled Population in Burma

The number of people in Burma living with physical disabilities is rising, advocates for the disabled say, blaming traffic accidents and land mine explosions.

Wirathu to Discuss Interfaith Marriage Restrictions at Monks’ Conference

Nationalist Buddhist monk U Wirathu plans to hold a large monks’ conference in Mandalay next week, where he will again propose restrictions on interfaith marriage.

Burma, India Officials Discuss Disputed Border Demarcation

Officials from both countries held discussions to resolve outstanding differences over demarcation of the border that separates India’s Manipur State and western Burma’s Sagaing Division.

Hong Kong Recruiters Pitch for Burmese Home Help

Hong Kong recruitment agencies promote a proposed scheme to allow Burmese citizens to work as domestic helpers in the Chinese special administrative region.

Thein Sein Plans $20 Salary Increase for Civil Servants, Pensioners

President Thein Sein wants to increase government salaries and pensions with about US $20, marking the third time that he has raised salaries since 2011.