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Mandalay Division Authorities Lift Blockade on Student March

Some 500 of students marching from Mandalay to Rangoon were allowed to pass through southwestern Mandalay Division’s Taung Tha Township on Tuesday evening after they held negotiations with local authorities.

Army Reportedly Offers Money to Families of Murdered Teachers

The Burma Army offers money to the families of two ethnic Kachin schoolteachers who were murdered in northern Shan State, a Kachin Christian group says.

Explosion Injures Two in Hpakant

A bomb blast injures a father and son in Kachin State’s Hpakant Township while fresh fighting also flares in northern Shan State.

Swiftly ‘Reveal the Truth’ in Murder of Kachin Teachers: NLD

The National League for Democracy implores Burma’s government to swiftly get to the bottom of the grisly murder of two Kachin schoolteachers last week.

Activists Call for Replacement of Election Commission Members

Rangoon activists start a campaign calling for replacement of the members of Burma’s Election Commission in order to ensure that it will be independent.

Embassy Action Urged in Killing of Three Burmese Migrants in Thailand

A migrants’ rights NGO urges the Burmese government to do more to intervene in the case of a trio of Burmese laborers’ murder in Thailand.

Police Accused in Vigilante Drug Bust in Northern Shan State

Two men are detained in Namkham Township after a group of antinarcotics vigilantes say they apprehended the duo in possession of illicit drugs.

Student Protest March Continues Despite Opposition from Local Officials

Student protesters continued their 400-mile march from Mandalay to Rangoon on Sunday despite warnings and attempted obstruction from local officials.

Juggling For Joy

A vibrant cast of performers will channel the spirit of juggling, chinlone and the globe-trotting Myanmar troubadours of the past at a Yangon festival.

Optimism and Concern Mark Burma’s First Workshop on Hydropower Dams

During a workshop, government officials and international development banks voice optimism over hydropower development in Burma, while activists, NGOs and Burma experts urge caution.

Parliament Presses President on Six-Party Talks, Agrees to Revisit Education Law

Burma’s Parliament doubles down on its endorsement of six-party talks on constitutional reform, and agrees to reconsider a controversial National Education Law passed last year.

Protesters in Dawei Demand Fair Energy Prices

Crowds amass for a peaceful demonstration against electricity prices in southeastern Burma on Friday, with some attendees estimating attendance at more than 1,000 people.

After Long Delays, Govt Begins Moving on Minimum Wage

The government has announced it will conduct a survey on household living costs in order to determine a nationally set minimum wage.

Trio Still at Large Following Irrawaddy Division Prison Break

Police in Irrawaddy Division are combing their jurisdiction in search of three inmates who escaped from Hinthada Prison earlier this week.

Jade Mining to Continue Despite Conflict, Ministry Says

Jade mining operations in northern Burma’s Kachin State will not be officially halted due to ongoing conflict in the area, according to a Ministry of Mines official.

Supplies Dwindling for Trapped Hpakant Villagers

Up to 2,000 displaced villagers in conflict-wracked Hpakant Township, Kachin State, are facing dwindling supplies and restrictions on movement imposed by the Burma Army.

Burma Govt Says Kachin Rebels Trying to Scuttle Peace Deal

The government accuses ethnic rebels of trying to scuttle a nationwide peace deal amid sporadic clashes between the army and Kachin insurgents in Burma’s north.

Wirathu Stands by Offensive Language Against UN Rights Envoy 

Following a stinging rebuke by the UN, Burma’s ultranationalist Buddhist monk says he doesn’t regret calling a UN special envoy a “whore” and a “bitch.”

MSF Returns to Arakan Amid Scrutiny

The return of Médecins Sans Frontières to western Burma attracts scrutiny from authorities and community leaders, who caution the group that they will be “watching.”

Parliament Votes in Favor of Tripling Lawmakers’ Salaries

Members of Burma’s Union Parliament vote in favor of raising the salaries for national level lawmakers from about $300 to $1,000 per month.