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Wirathu to Discuss Interfaith Marriage Restrictions at Monks’ Conference

Nationalist Buddhist monk U Wirathu plans to hold a large monks’ conference in Mandalay next week, where he will again propose restrictions on interfaith marriage.

Burma, India Officials Discuss Disputed Border Demarcation

Officials from both countries held discussions to resolve outstanding differences over demarcation of the border that separates India’s Manipur State and western Burma’s Sagaing Division.

Hong Kong Recruiters Pitch for Burmese Home Help

Hong Kong recruitment agencies promote a proposed scheme to allow Burmese citizens to work as domestic helpers in the Chinese special administrative region.

Thein Sein Plans $20 Salary Increase for Civil Servants, Pensioners

President Thein Sein wants to increase government salaries and pensions with about US $20, marking the third time that he has raised salaries since 2011.

Embassy Warns Burmese to Avoid Protests in Bangkok

Burmese nationals in Thailand should take precautions to safeguard their personal security due to political tensions in the neighboring country, Burma’s Embassy in Bangkok warns.

New Alliance to Focus on National Interest, Avoid ‘Power Politics’

A recently forged alliance that includes several ethnic political parties says it will focus efforts on national development rather than wade into Burma’s power politics.

Chin Govt Allegedly Keeps Supporters Away From Suu Kyi Speech

Aung San Suu Kyi plans to complain after hearing accusations that the Chin State government forbade government staff members and students from attending her speech.

89 Dockworkers Return From Malaysia After Brawl

Migrant laborers working in a shipyard in Miri, Borneo, are being repatriated this week after they became embroiled in a fight with their Indonesian colleagues.

Burma Military Investigates Alleged Rape of 13-Year Old Girl

A soldier is accused of raping the girl in Mon State while her parents were away, in the latest allegation of sexual abuse by the armed forces.

Burmese Journalists Protest Ma Khine’s Jail Sentence

Hundreds of journalists march through Rangoon to protest the first sentencing of a local reporter to prison since a reformist government came to power.

State Mouthpiece to Relaunch As Broadsheet in March

The New Light of Myanmar, Burma’s English-language government newspaper, will relaunch as a broadsheet within the next two to three months, its chief editor said.

Seven Years for Failed Burma Embassy Bomber in Indonesia

An Indonesian court sentences Achmad Taufik to seven years in prison over his role in a failed plot to bomb Burma’s embassy in Jakarta.

Japan Announces $96 Million in Aid for Ethnic Areas

Japan, with the help of influential Japanese charity the Nippon Foundation, will spend $96 million on improving living standards in Burma’s war-torn ethnic areas.

KNU Airs Grievances to Thein Sein Ahead of Nationwide Ceasefire Talks

KNU leaders tell President Thein Sein that multiple promises made by the government are not being kept amid Naypyidaw’s push for peace in Burma.

Wanted: More Staff at Burma’s Food Safety Regulator

Burma’s Food and Drug Administration lacks the resources necessary to adequately inspect foods in a market that consumer advocates say is flooded with dicey offerings.

Thousands Welcome Suu Kyi’s Chin State Visit

The opposition leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate begins her first trip in a decade to Burma’s poorest state to promote constitutional amendments.

Education Organizations Criticize Govt Education Policy Draft

A network of educational organizations criticizes a proposed government overhaul of Burma’s education system, saying that a draft education policy fails to include their recommendations.

Amid Burma Tourism Boom, Calls for Govt to Aid Development

The government is urged to play a greater role in Burma’s red-hot tourism industry as foreign arrivals look likely to far exceed the expected total.

Suu Kyi Urges Army to Support Constitutional Change

The Burmese opposition leader calls on the military to back efforts to amend the 2008 charter, which currently bars her from the presidency.

Economic Development Not a Cure-All for Ethnic Conflict: Burma Watcher

Ashley South from the Myanmar Peace Support Initiative says the government is putting too much emphasis on economic development in the peace process.