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Air Safety to Be Tested as Burma Braces for Tourism Boom

As Burma’s economy grows and tourist arrivals rise, aviation safety will be put to the test in a country with a checkered air safety record.

Suu Kyi, Shwe Mann Want to Discuss Constitution With President, Army Chief

Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and Parliament Speaker Shwe Mann said they want to discuss constitutional reforms with Burma’s president and army chief.

Four Detained, Charged at Burma Constitutional Amendment Rally

Activists from 88 Generation Peace and Open Society say they were briefly held and then charged under a controversial law that requires permission for protests.

$5.7Bln in Timber Smuggled Out of Burma, Illegal Logging Rampant: Report

Researchers say $5.7 billion worth of logs was smuggled out of Burma since 2000, while almost half of all exported timber was logged illegally.

Joint Thai-Burmese Study Slated for Siamese King’s Mandalay Tomb

The Burmese and Thai cultural ministries are likely to jointly conduct research on Siamese King Uthumphon’s tomb, located near the city of Mandalay.

Life Goes On in Kachin Camps, But the Future Is Bleak

Thousands of people are living in temporary shelters on the Burmese-Chinese border after they were displaced by the ongoing war in Kachin State.

Candle Protest Planned Against Impending Electricity Rate Hike

Activists in Rangoon plan to hold a candle-lit protest on Wednesday night against an electricity price increase due to take effect on April 1.

Thein Sein Lauds Reforms, Backs ‘Gentle’ Constitutional Change

Three years after his government took the reins from Burma’s military junta, the president reviews the progress that the country has made.

US Congressional Panel: End Persecution of Muslims in Burma

A House committee calls for an end to persecution of Rohingya Muslims in one of the strongest US congressional criticisms yet of Burma’s reformist government.

Govt Complains to Bangladesh Over Rohingya Op-ed

Burma complains to Bangladesh over a Bangladeshi newspaper op-ed claiming that secession of Rohingya-majority parts of Arakan State would resolve inter-communal conflict in western Burma.

In Burma President, Some See Change From Reformist to Nationalist

President Thein Sein pushes “protection of race and religion,” evincing a nationalistic impulse that would appear at odds with the reformist mantle he has cultivated.

Arakan Officials Ask Rohingya to Leave Census Race Question Blank

The Arakan State government asks Muslim leaders in Sittwe to urge their fellow followers of Islam not to identify their “race” in Burma’s upcoming census.

Anti-Genocide Group Sounds Warning About Burma

A former US congressman who visited camps housing displaced Rohingya Muslims in western Burma warns that “the building blocks of genocide are there.”

Burma’s Govt Drafting New Film Law

The government hopes to submit a draft Motion Picture Law to Parliament this year, with Burma’s erstwhile film censors saying it “won’t have serious limitations.”

In Mandalay Writers Meeting, Suu Kyi Addresses China Concerns

Aung San Suu Kyi says the government must protect Burma’s citizens from threats posed by illegal immigration, while also urging “harmonious” coexistence among all nationalities.

Army Lost 2 Helicopters, Suffered Heavy Personnel Losses in Past Kachin Offensive: Report

Two Burma Army helicopters were shot down, while thousands of soldiers might have died during fighting with Kachin rebels in 2011-2013, a defense magazine claims.

Mon State Likely to Pass Mother-Tongue Teaching Bill

A proposal to the state’s legislature calls for Mon-language teaching to be allowed in government schools, which currently only teach in Burmese.

NLD Patron Visits Dr. Cynthia’s Clinic on Thai Border

The National League for Democracy patron pays a visit to the renowned Mae Tao Clinic for Burmese refugees and migrants in Mae Sot, Thailand.

Report Says Tatmadaw’s Targeting of Civilians ‘Ongoing,’ Urges Reforms

Burma’s military continues to target civilians in its operations against rebel armed groups, according to a report by a US-based human rights institute.

Suu Kyi Calls on Public to Join Demonstrations for Constitutional Reform

People should “be brave and rid themselves of fear in order to create the country they want,” opposition leader says, while appealing for constitutional reform.