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Landmark YCDC Election Campaigns Underway

The first candidates in more than 50 years to run for municipal office in Rangoon begin preparations for campaigns that will conclude late next month.

As Lawmakers Raise Pay, Minimum Wage Law Languishes

Efforts to set a minimum wage have been delayed for more than a year and a half, even as lawmakers’ salaries are due to increase.

Students Seek Four-Party Dialogue on Education Law

Student activists seek to convene a quadripartite meeting to discuss the National Education Law, which has prompted street protests and an outcry from education groups.

No Constitutional Amendments Before Election: Shwe Mann

The Lower House Speaker says any changes to the military-drafted Constitution cannot be implemented before the end of 2015, citing the need for administrative continuity.

The House on an Island

A flamboyant Chinese tycoon left behind a lavish colonial-era palace in central Rangoon.

Villagers to Protest Over Grisly Death of Kachin Jade Picker

Hundreds of villagers plan to protest after a jade scavenger was allegedly murdered and mutilated in Hpakant, a resource-rich area in northern Burma’s Kachin State.

NLD Official Condemned After Buddhism Speech

An information officer for the National League for Democracy has been criticized for saying that discrimination has no place in Buddhism.

Residents Group Slams Report on Thilawa Evictees

The Thilawa Social Development Group says a report into displaced residents fails to grasp the full extent of hardships faced by the villagers.

Students Pause Protest, Demand Govt Response on Education Law

Hundreds of students protesting a controversial education law suspend their demonstration and give the Burmese government 60 days to respond to their demands.

Inquiry Into Journalist Killing Could ‘Soon’ Wrap Up: Commission Member

A National Human Rights Commission member says an inquiry could “soon” wrap up after the commission questions dozens of witnesses, including policemen and military officers.

Military MPs Object to Constitutional Change

Military parliamentarians signal that they will not support amendments to Burma’s Constitution, dimming prospects for change to the charter ahead of national elections next year.

As Fears Rise in Burma, Rohingya Exodus Grows

The captain of a small fishing vessel helping Rohingya Muslims escape flee Burma now worries about the pace of the exodus in recent weeks.

China, Burma Sign $7.8 bn of Deals: China Daily

China and Burma sign deals worth $7.8 billion for energy, agriculture, telecommunications, infrastructure and finance during Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s visit, Chinese state media report.

Landmark Meeting Calls for Trans-Boundary Salween Collaboration

Environmental experts urge the Burmese, Chinese and Thai governments to lead the formation of a committee handling environmental and social issues along the Salween River.

Activists, Ethnic Leaders Cry Neglect During Obama Visit

Prominent democracy activists and ethnic rights representatives say they should have been included in discussions hosted by the US president in Rangoon.

Obama Lends Ear to Burma’s Youth

Hundreds of young civic leaders, students and activists welcome US President Barack Obama to Rangoon University for a town hall-style meeting.

Students Protest Education Law in Downtown Rangoon

More than 350 students call for an overhaul of the National Education Law, which students, teachers and education experts have strongly criticized in recent months.

Lower House Chairman Rejects PR System Proposal

In a surprise decision, Lower House Speaker Shwe Mann rejects a controversial proposal to change Burma’s electoral system from First-Past-The-Post to Proportional Representation.

Obama, Suu Kyi Pledge Solidarity Amid ‘Bumpy Patch’ in Reforms

US President Barack Obama offers support for a reform process that Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi says has hit a “bumpy patch.”

Burma Military Should Have Less Power: Obama

The US President has used a meeting with senior lawmakers to state that the military should not be a feature of future Burmese governments.