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No Quick Fix for Rangoon Land-Grab Victims: Govt

Rangoon’s regional government says hundreds of land-grab cases brought to its attention will not be solved by the end of its term in early 2016.

Thailand to Help Burma Conserve Ancient Cities

Burma will collaborate with Thailand to improve the landscapes of the Pyu ancient cities, which were listed as World Heritage Sites earlier this year.

Ex-Burmese Beauty Queen Accused of Stealing Crown

A Burmese beauty queen stripped of her title for allegedly being rude and dishonest has absconded with the US$100,000 tiara, a South Korea-based pageant says.

Rangoon Govt to Put ‘New City’ Project Out to Tender

Officials had announced that an unknown company was awarded the contract to build an extension to Burma’s biggest city, before an apparent U-turn.

For First Time in 50 Years, Burma’s Military Welcomes Women Officers

A class of female military cadets graduates from the Defense Services Academy, with the commander-in-chief of the armed forces attending the ceremony.

An 20-year-old model dies in a Rangoon hospital after being stabbed in the throat, allegedly by a friend, who is now in police custody.

Arakan Govt Clarifies Budget Confusion After Uproar

The Arakan State government seeks to dispel erroneous reports that it had returned a surplus 13 billion kyats from the state budget to Naypyidaw.

Dragons Add Mythical Twist to Search for Dhammazedi Bell

A salvage team says it has found the fabled bell—along with guardian dragons—at the confluence of two rivers southeast of Rangoon.

Teachers’ Federation Decries Lack of Consultation on Burma’s Education Bill

The National Education Bill was approved by Parliament last month, but has been criticized for failing to free the system from central government control.

Petition Launched Against Proportional Representation for Burma

Activists in Burma start a petition to tally public opposition to an electoral system based on proportional representation, a proposal currently under consideration in Parliament.

Students Get High on Cough Medicine in Burma

Farmers in remote poppy fields grow the world’s second-biggest source of opium, but in urban areas, the drug problem lies closer to home.

Spirits, Prayers Mark Hunt for Burma’s Lost Bell

The latest attempt to recover the 270-ton Dhammazedi Bell from its purported location in the Rangoon River is employing spirituality rather than science.

$17m Ecstasy Haul Is Burma’s Biggest-Ever Drug Bust: Police

Burmese authorities say they have seized nearly 2.4 million Ecstasy pills valued at more than US$17 million, the largest drug bust in Burma’s history.

Britain Will Boost Aid to Burma by More Than a Third

The UK’s newly appointed minister for the Department for International Development announces another increase in development aid, up to $136 million next year.

Suu Kyi Asks Artists to Expose How Reforms Have Stalled

The Burmese opposition leader asks famous creative thinkers to help the world understand that their country’s political reforms are not leading to democracy.

Rangoon Expansion Plan Criticized for Poor Transparency

Lawmakers complain that government officials failed to consult them with the decision to award a multi-billion dollar contract to a largely unknown public company.

Floods Displace Over 1,000 People in Hpakant

More than 1,000 residents of Kachin State’s Hpakant Township are displaced by flooding in the area known for its rich jade deposits.

Burmese Pageant Agency Grooms Five Ladies for World Stage

A pageant agency in Rangoon led by a 22-year-old man is training the women before they head off to compete at five pageants overseas.

Winner of Mobile Phone Ringtone Competition Announced in Burma

More than 8,500 people entered a competition to compose a piece of music for the Norwegian mobile phone company Telenor.

Arakanese Leaders to Propose Detention Camps for Undocumented Rohingya

Buddhist community leaders are considering a proposal to the government that would place Muslims without proof of citizenship in camps, possibly outside of Arakan State.