In early March, Myanmar's government sat down with a coalition of ethnic rebel groups, including the Kachin Independence Army , trying to jump-start peace negotiations that had sputtered out after months of escalating fighting. The Kachin are an ethnic group of about a million people with their own eponymous province, Kachin State, in northern Myanmar.
Showing she cares: Suu Kyi admiring amber products during a visit to an internally displaced persons camp in Myitkyina, the capital city of Kachin state, in this file picture. - Reuters MYANMAR's ruling National League for Democracy has put on a brave face since the April 1 by-election, saying that it had performed as expected in its first test at the polls since its landslide victory in the 2015 general election.
Lahpai Gam, a 56-year-old Kachin political prisoner, is suffering from serious health problems including a stomach hernia, which may be due to the torture he endured at the time of his arrest in 2012. Lahpai Gam was working as a herdsman tending cows at the time of his arrest by the Burma Army in June 2012 in Kachin State.
China has shifted its position in a lengthy dispute with Myanmar over the building of a US$3.6 billion dam, seven sources said, signalling its willingness to abandon the project in exchange for other economic and strategic opportunities in Myanmar. A graffiti is seen on a stone at the confluence of the Mali and Nmai river at Myitsone, outside Myitkyina, capital city of Kachin state, Myanmar March 30, 2017.
Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi defended her civilian government's first year in power in a rare public address on Thursday, saying her party was dedicated to rebuilding a nation ravaged by decades of army rule. Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi smiles as she visits an IDP camp outside of Myitkyina, the capital city of Kachin state, on Mar 28, 2017.
Myanmar's total population will reach about 65 million in 2050, according to a survey conducted by the Population Department under the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population. The survey is based on the 2014 population and household census.
New stamps honouring the late king and a baby born on a train are featured events on March 29, 2017. A Thailand Post official shows a new set of stamps honouring the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej and his royal projects at the Office of the Royal Development Projects Board before the launch on April 1. Nurses tend the baby born on a rapid train at Yala station, before taking him and his mother to Yala General Hospital on Wednesday.