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Ethnic Bloc Seeks Election of Regional Chief Ministers By

An alliance of 20 ethnic political parties will push ahead with its demand that the chief ministers of Burma’s states and divisions be elected.

Parliament Delays ‘Top Up’ Tax on Mobile Phone Use By

Burma’s Union Parliament agrees to postpone the enactment of a 5 percent levy on all cellphone usage until the end of the 2015-16 fiscal year.

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Burma’s Union legislature indefinitely bans reporters from observing sessions after a series of embarrassing images goes viral on social media.

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Parliament’s Upper House passes an amended bill covering interfaith marriages, with lawmakers voting to reduce prison sentences that were proposed by the legislature’s lower chamber.

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Around 300 people joined a protest in Rangoon on Wednesday to call for an end to international pressure on Burma over the Bay of Bengal migrant crisis.

Boycotting Election Would Not be Practical: NLD By

Representatives of Burma’s leading opposition party say it will not boycott a highly anticipated general election scheduled for later this year.

Election Information Center Unveiled in Rangoon By

Burma’s election commission launches an Information Center in Rangoon and a new website where citizens can check whether they are listed as eligible to vote.

Memory! Film Fest Celebrates Celluloid in Rangoon By

The 10-day festival, which features more than 50 films from around the world, will run from May 29 to June 7 at the Nay Pyi Taw Theater in downtown Rangoon.

Conservationists, Scientists Warn of Threat to Newly Discovered Species in Taunggyi By

The future of a new species of crocodile newt is being threatened by development, water pollution and poaching, according to conservationists and researchers.

Burma on Track for November Vote, Challenges Remain: Election Commission By

Burma will go ahead with an election in November despite challenges in areas that have suffered ethnic conflict, the country’s election commission chairman says.

Over Three Weeks, Fighting ‘Almost Daily’ in Kachin State: KIA By

A rebel spokesman says recent clashes have been an almost daily occurrence in northern Burma, where government forces are encroaching on Kachin Independence Army territory.

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Aung Myo Oo, sous chef at Rangoon’s Gekko Japanese bar and restaurant, has some advice for aspiring cooks: Learn your trade and master the basics.

Villagers Displaced by Myitsone Dam Face Legal Limbo By

Nearly five years after their forced relocation from the site of the suspended Myitsone dam, residents of are still legally prohibited from returning.

Detained Student Leader Grateful for Former US Leader’s Support By

A student leader currently standing trial for her involvement the Letpadan student protests has expressed thanks for a letter of support penned by former US President George W. Bush.

UWSA to Opt Out of Ethnic Summit on Nationwide Ceasefire By

The United Wa State Army won’t attend an ethnic summit next month in Karen State, where ethnic leaders will discuss signing a nationwide ceasefire agreement.

Burma to Repatriate 200 Bangladeshis Rescued off Arakan Coast By

Burma will repatriate 200 Bangladeshi nationals rescued from the sea off the Arakan coast last week, after talks with officials from Bangladesh’s Foreign Affairs Ministry.

Unpopular But Defiant, Burma’s Ruling Party Unfazed About Poll Prospects By

The Union Solidarity and Development Party’s dubious history doesn’t seem to faze the ruling party as it prepares for an historic election this year.

Lower House Passes Election Laws Nixing ‘White Card’ Suffrage By

Parliament’s Lower House approves amended election laws revoking the right of temporary identity card holders to vote in a poll due late this year.

Funeral Held for Farmer After Land Seizure Protest By

63-year-old Myint Aung had set himself on fire last week to protest the confiscation of his land by the military.

Shwe Mann Urges Kokang to Disarm During Visit to Army Hospital By

Parliamentary Speaker Shwe Mann addresses wounded soldiers in Lashio on Saturday, making a public appeal for rebels in northeastern Burma to immediately disarm.





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