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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.

Rights Groups Seek Justice for Slain Kachin Women

Rights groups have asked the Burmese government to seek justice for two Kachin women found dead on Tuesday in a northern Shan State village.

Protests Continue as Lawmakers Urged to Amend Education Law

Burma’s President Thein Sein urges Parliament to reconsider a National Education Law after student protests resume in Mandalay, a move greeted with cautious acceptance.

MSF Resumes Work in Arakan State After Govt Ban

The international medical group resumes work in western Burma after a nine-month government ban on its presence over allegations of bias towards the Rohingya minority.

UN Criticizes Sexist Language of Burmese Monk Wirathu

The UN human rights chief urges Burma’s leaders to condemn the Buddhist monk, who called a visiting UN envoy a “whore” during a public rally.

Upper House Speaker Canvasses MPs for Reform Suggestions

Burma’s Upper House Speaker has set a Friday deadline for Upper House MPs to provide input into mooted six-party constitutional reform discussions.

Probe Ongoing, Autopsy Results Pending in Murder of Kachin Teachers

Burmese authorities continue to investigate the case of two female schoolteachers who were found brutally murdered on Tuesday at a village in northern Shan State.

Court to Hear Arguments in Farmers’ Case Against Police Violence

Mandalay Division Court will hear arguments to decide whether to accept a case against policemen accused of firing at farmers in Sint Gu Township.

No Ceasefire Without More Talks: Ethnic Leaders

Ethnic leaders say that a nationwide ceasefire agreement is unlikely to be signed next month without further meetings between ethnic armed groups and the government.

Parliament at Odds with President Over Pay

A parliamentary drafting committee rejects Burmese President Thein Sein’s revisions on a plan to raise government salaries, according to lawmakers.