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Burma Govt Hopes for Rangoon-Myitkyina Rail Upgrade

Burma’s government wants to upgrade the country’s main railway line from Rangoon to Myitkyina, the capital of Kachin State, almost 1,000 miles north.

Burma’s Surreal Capital Now Less of a Ghost Town

Eight years after Naypyidaw was proclaimed the new government seat, it has become something more than a “ghost capital hacked out of the jungle.”

Timing of SEA Games Opening Seen as Auspicious by Some

In Burma, where numerology and astrology hold considerable sway, some belief that the SEA Games opening was scheduled to take place on an auspicious date.

Plans Afoot to Launch European-Backed Journalism School in Burma

A new project hopes to provide independent and high-quality training to the country’s reporters, who have only been free of censorship since 2012.

On Human Rights Day, Burma Activists Say More Work to Do

Activists in Burma say that although the country’s human rights situation is better now than it was under decades of oppressive military rule, abuses persist.

Migrant Children Eyeing Burma’s Universities on the Rise

Registrations for a required matriculation exam increase as efforts to integrate children of migrant workers into the country’s higher education system bear fruit.

Situation Tense in East Rangoon, as Land Protestors Defy Govt Ultimatum

Tensions were high in Thingangyun Township, eastern Rangoon, on Monday as dozens of land protestors defied a government warning to leave the area by sundown.

Thailand Will Help With Any Rohingya Investigation – PM

Thailand will help the UN and the US with investigations into the findings of a report that Thai officials moved Rohingya refugees into human-trafficking rings.

Doubts Cast Over ‘Orwell Home’ in Burma

Amid plans to restore a crumbling home thought to be the former residence of George Orwell, locals are questioning the true provenance of the house.

Suu Kyi Criticizes Gender Bias at Burma Universities

The opposition leader says women have a valuable role to play in the transition toward democracy but have been denied equal opportunities in Burma.

Burma Media Complain SEA Games Access Is Restricted

Reporters complain more bureaucratic hurdles are being put in place in the name of security as they attempt to cover the landmark Southeast Asian Games.

Improve Compensation Offer for Thilawa Farmers: Japan NGO

Japanese NGO Mekong Watch claims that compensation offered to farmers forced to leave the first phase of the Thilawa SEZ is violating Japanese government guidelines.

First Women’s Forum Kicks Off in Rangoon

Burma’s first women’s forum began on Friday, bringing together leading women from various sectors and regions to discuss women’s roles in Burma’s changing society.

Burma’s Suu Kyi Pays Tribute to Nelson Mandela

The opposition leader says the late South African leader was “a great human being who raised the standard of humanity.”

Thein Sein Asks Philippines for More Aid

Burma’s president seeks more investment and development assistance from the Philippines, saying his country needs help to catch up with the rest of Southeast Asia.

Burma Activist Detained for Burning Chinese Flag

An activist who set a Chinese flag alight at a protest against the Letpadaung copper mine has been detained by police in Burma’s biggest city.

‘Federal Army’ Already Exists, Says Military Chief

Amid calls for a “federal army” from Burma’s ethnic armed groups, the country’s commander-in chief claims the current military is already a federally constituted institution.

US Seeks Limited Military Ties With Burma

The Obama administration faces bipartisan opposition to plans for limited US engagement with Burma’s military due to concerns over human rights and North Korea ties.

Undergrads Return to Crumbling Rangoon University

Rangoon University, once among Asia’s most prestigious institutions of learning, crumbled during decades of military rule, but on Thursday it reopens to undergrads.

Mangroves in the Irrawaddy Delta Could Be Gone in a ‘Few Decades’

Burma’s largest area of mangrove forests has declined by 64.2 percent since 1978, according to new research, which forecasts a gloomy future for the vital forests.