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Conservation of Historical Teak Monastery Underway in Mandalay

Preservation works for the Shwe Nan Daw Kyaung Monastery, one of Mandalay’s most iconic historical structures, officially begin with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

MSF, Human Rights Commission at Odds Over Maungdaw Violence

Burma’s National Human Rights Commission and Médecins Sans Frontières dispute the latter’s statement that it treated 22 people injured during recent violence in Arakan State.

Burma Journalists on Trial for Reporting Alleged Chemical Weapons Factory

Burma police have charged five journalists with “disclosing state secrets” after their newspaper carried a story about an alleged chemical weapons factory, state media reports.

Fair Pitches US Universities to Burma’s Young People

Education officials from the United States travel to Rangoon to tout what they say are growing opportunities for Burmese students to enroll at American universities.

Thaksin’s Former Wife Visits Burmese Astrologer

The former wife of Thailand’s ex-prime minister pays a visit to one of Burma’s most famous astrologers during a recent trip to the country.

$22Mln in ADB Programs to Reduce Poverty, Improve HIV/Aids Care

Japan is providing US$22 million in grants to finance Asian Development Bank programs aimed at rural poverty reduction and improving HIV/Aids care in Burma.

Denied Pagoda Venue, Literary Festival Kicks Off at Mandalay Hotel

The Irrawaddy Literary Festival gets a bumpy start, with a last-minute venue change after organizers were denied permission to hold the event at Kuthodaw Pagoda.

Journalists Raise Alarm Over Shorter Visas in Burma

Journalists say the Burma government is imposing new visa restrictions that will make it difficult for them to remain based in the country full time.

Burma Urged to Drop Census Questions on Ethnicity, Religion

The International Crisis Group calls on the Burma government and the United Nations to remove “needlessly antagonistic and divisive” questions from the census next month.

Burma Army Launches Deadly Incursion Into Kachin Rebel Territory

An ethnic Kachin leader says the Burma Army killed several rebels and seized an outpost near KIA headquarters during an attack on Union Day.

Aung San Film Won’t Screen in Time for General’s Centennial Birthday

A film depicting Gen. Aung San will not be completed by 2015, missing a date targeted to allow for its premiere on his 100th birthday.

6 Farmers Apprehended, 7 Facing Arrest in Pegu Land Disputes

Authorities in two townships in Pegu Division have apprehended six farmers and are seeking the arrest of seven others in relation to ongoing land disputes.

Thai Officials Say Rohingya People Sent to Burma

About 1,300 people from the Muslim minority were deported from Thailand to Burma late last year, according to Thai police, who say they went voluntarily.

Letpadaung Activist Beaten, Detained, Say Villagers

Thaw Zin, a student activist helping famers in Sagaing Division, was facing charges, but no reason has been given for his sudden, violent arrest.

President’s Union Day Message Flags-up Federalism

President Thein Sein’s Union Day message says “a federal system” could help resolve Burma’s ethnic conflict, but fresh clashes in northern Burma overshadowed his message.

RCSS Leader Likely to Remain in Post: Shan Sources

As a leadership election approaches, Lt-Gen Yawd Serk says he will stay on in the likely event that another candidate to lead the ethnic Shan rebel group does not emerge.

Burma Govt Urged to Put Press Freedom in Law

Amid arrests of reporters, international media advocacy groups say the failure to pass legislation protecting journalists risks undermining reforms.

In Maungdaw Village, Residents Fret Over Missing Family Members

A visit to Du Chee Yar Tan village, where dozens of Rohingyas were allegedly killed last month, reveals many remaining residents say their loved ones are missing.

Marching Villagers Call for Burma Minister to Be Sacked Over Comments

A protest leader is charged under Article 18 of the Peaceful Assembly Law for holding a demonstration involving more than 1,000 people in Magwe Division.

Burma’s Government to Appoint a Second Woman Minister

Khin San Yi, formerly a deputy minister for planning, is nominated for the role of minister of education, while women remain underrepresented in the government.