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Constitution Signature Campaign Off to Strong Start in Rangoon

The National League for Democracy says more than 380,000 people in the former capital have joined the movement to amend Article 436.

KNU-Govt Talks Yield Troop Withdrawal Pledge

Amid Meetings this week in Naypyidaw, the Burmese president’s spokesman expresses his pleasure at getting the chance to meet a Karen military leader.

Burma Home to 26 New Species Discoveries in 2012-13

Twenty-six species in Burma are among 367 new species that were discovered in the Greater Mekong region in 2012-13, according to a new report.

Activists to Hold Events to Mark Start of Kachin War

Peace groups in Rangoon will hold a series of events over the weekend to commemorate three years of war in northern Burma’s Kachin State.

Burmese Feature to Open Czech Film Festival

“The Monk” is selected as the opening feature for the 49th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, which will be held in Prague from July 4-12.

Activists Face Violent Threats After Opposing Interfaith Marriage Bill

Burmese activists who publicly campaigned against a controversial interfaith marriage bill say they are now receiving violent threats from anonymous phone callers.

Burmese Nationalist Campaign to Call for Anti-Ooredoo Boycott

The company, which hails from Qatar, an Islamic country, is set to launch mobile phone services in Burma before the end of September.

Switch to Telenor by Ex-Ambassador to Burma Provokes Criticism in Norway

The recent appointment of Norway’s former ambassador to Burma to an executive position at Telenor Group has come under scrutiny in the Norwegian media.

Film Set for Premier on 60th Anniversary of Burma’s First Hijacking

“With the Dawn” will be screened for special guests and the press on June 25, but will not go on general release in Burma until October.

Karen Rebel Leaders Meeting Burmese President, Army Chief in Naypyidaw

A spokesman for the Karen National Union says a delegation led by Mutu Say Poe is in the Burmese capital for regular talks.

Thai Coup Brings Border Blues for Traders

Merchants with a stake in the off-the-books trade in Mae Sot say business has taken a hit since the Thai military staged a coup.

Karen Groups Back Suu Kyi Constitutional Reform Campaign

A meeting of Karen parties, armed groups and NGOs reiterated calls for a federal union, while offering support for the NLD’s constitutional reform campaign.

Group to Target Unhealthy School Snacks in Burma

A Rangoon-based consumer advocacy group seeks to rid Burmese schools of snacks containing harmful chemicals and food additives.

Suu Kyi’s Attendance ‘Unsure’ at Planned Sittwe Reform Rally

Her constitutional reform roadshow is due to hit Sittwe, but it is not yet confirmed whether she will speak in the troubled Arakan State capital.

Despite Reforms, Burma’s Schools Resume With Textbook and Teacher Shortages

As students return to classes after the summer holiday in Burma, public schools are still understaffed and lack adequate supplies of textbooks.

Unilever Banners in Burma Used Extremist Symbol

Consumer products giant Unilever scrambles to remove advertising banners that prominently display the symbol of an extremist movement blamed for anti-Muslim attacks.

Thilawa Residents Formally Complain to Tokyo

In the first formal complaint filed under JICA’s objection procedures, three residents list the negative effects of Japanese investment at the Thilawa Special Economic Zone.

NLD Slams Election Commission’s ‘Inappropriate’ Warning for Suu Kyi

The opposition party says the claim that its leader was speaking “outside the boundaries of the Constitution” during a recent rally are false.

Policy Reform Needed to Stem Burma’s Resurgent Drug Trade: Report

Burma and its neighbors should reform their drug control policies, as the current approach fails to address growing drug trade and use problems, researchers say.

State Govt Rejects Hakha Meeting for Charter Change

A meeting to push for amending Burma’s Constitution in Chin State is prohibited, with locals saying the refusal is having a chilling effect on activism.