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36 min ago | The Irrawaddy Newsmagazine

Karen Rebels, Govt Troops Clash as Peace Talks Loom

As Burma's government and ethnic armed groups prepare to meet for peace talks next week, on-and-off fighting between the Burmese Army and ethnic Karen rebels continues to plague eastern Burma. The latest clash took place on Sept.

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4 hrs ago | The Irrawaddy Newsmagazine

Couple Guilty of Immigration Offense in Case Tied to Mandalay Riots

A court in Pyinmana Township has found a married couple guilty of violating Burma's immigration law in a case linked to July's deadly rioting in Mandalay, sentencing them to two years in prison with hard labor. Ye Htut and Nu Nu Myat were found guilty on Monday of exiting Burma without the required documentation, in breach of the immigration law.

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4 hrs ago | The Irrawaddy Newsmagazine

Dismissed Rangoon Workers Allege Police Beating

Police are deployed at the former South Korean Master Sports footwear factory on Tuesday afternoon, later they allegedly beat workers waiting inside. Laid off workers of the South Korean Master Sports footwear factory allege that they were beaten by police and that 20 workers were injured when they went to the closed down factory on Tuesday to pick up their unpaid salaries and severance pay.

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4 hrs ago | The Irrawaddy Newsmagazine

Teachers' and Students' Organizations Join Up to Oppose Education Bill

The Myanmar Teachers' Federation said it plans to cooperate with students' organizations and join their protests against the National Education Bill if the proposed legislation is not revised in Parliament in the coming weeks. Last month, teachers, students and education experts slammed the bill and said the government had failed to properly consult them during the drafting process.

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6 hrs ago | Burmanet

Democratic Voice of Burma NLD 'not invited' to political conference

A recent meeting of political party leaders to discuss a framework for post-ceasefire dialogue was carried out without Burma's two biggest parties, giving rise to theories that past rivalries are resurfacing. The ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party and the main opposition party, the National League for Democracy , were not among the 52 political parties represented at a conference held in Rangoon from 13-14 September.

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Tue Sep 16, 2014

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Mizzima News: Census ethnicity data must be published before election, say ethnic leaders

Ethnic leaders have spoken to Mizzima on September 14 to reveal their concerns over the late release of census data relating to ethnicity and the impact it may have on the provision of political representation at state and regional level. The Myanmar Constitution provides a state or regional hluttaw seat for any ethnic grouping with a local population equal to or exceeding 0.1 percent of the national population, where that group does not already have a self-administered zone within the state.

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The Nation

PTTEP earmarks $3.3 bn for Myanmar

PTT Exploration and Production will invest a total of US$3.3 billion in Myanmar through to the end of 2018, president and CEO Tewin Vongvanich said after celebrating the listed company's 25th anniversary of successful operations in the neighbouring country. The silver jubilee celebration, held in Yangon yesterday with guests of honour including U Zay Yar Aung, Myanmar's energy minister, and his Thai counterpart, Narongchai Akrasanee, marks a new milestone in a cooperation that serves the best interests of both countries, said the chief executive.

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KIC: Election commission by-election cancellation pleases and upsets Karen political parties

Opposition political parties, including ethnic Karen parties, welcomed the announcement by Burma's Election Commission to cancel nationwide by-elections planned for late 2014. The by-elections scheduled for later this year were to fill 35 vacant parliamentary seats.

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Democratic Voice of Burma: Thegon MP low-balled amount of confiscated land, say farmers

Farmers from Thegon, Pegu Division, announced on Monday that a local authority grossly under reported the amount of land confiscated in Aungon village, the site of an on-going and occasionally violent property dispute. The farmers claimed that Thegon's elected lower house parliamentarian,Soe Aung,a member of the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party , only reported 200 acres of confiscated land to parliament's Farmland Investigation Commission.

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The Irrawaddy Newsmagazine

Timber Elephant Camp Falls Quiet, Sets Hopes on Tourism

Nestled at the foot of Pegu Yoma mountain range in the northwestern part of Rangoon Division, Myaing Hay Wun used to be a camp for timber elephants. But after the government banned the export of logs in April, much of Burma's timber business has been forced to change its production methods, causing a sharp decline in timber trade and leaving elephants like those at Myaing Hay Wun without work.

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World-Grain

Myanmar and China to sign maize export agreement

Myanmar will sign a trade agreement for maize exports to China next month, according to the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry. Now, we are going to sign an agreement for maize exports .

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Eleven Media: Govt to create jobs for 4.4m Myanmar migrants in Thailand, Malaysia

So, the Myanmar government plans to create job opportunities for these people in local areas. Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Brig-Gen Kyaw Zan Myint made this remark in parliament at Nay Pyi Taw on Friday.

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Mon Sep 15, 2014

ABC News

A Look at Myanmar's Struggling Clay Pot Industry

In this photo taken on Aug. 29, 2014, a man puts a decorative edge on a clay flower pot in Twante township, southwest of Yangon, Myanmar. For generations, the Myanmar town of Twante has been known for its thriving pottery industry.

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Fodor's

Opening Soon: Kempinski Hotels' First Myanmar Property

Intrepid travelers heading to Myanmar will soon have a new luxury lodging option when Kempinski opens the doors of its first property there, Kempinski Hotel Nay Pyi Taw . Located in Myanmar's capital, the 141-room and -suite hotel will begin welcoming guests on November 1, 2014.

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The Irrawaddy Newsmagazine

Laborers work at a construction site in downtown Yangon.

As Myanmar embraces democratic governance, people are aspiring to equal opportunities in all aspects of the country's political economy, which at the moment remains dominated by a small group of elites. Myanmar's long-term stability depends on how effectively the government is able to translate its reform program into far-reaching economic benefits.

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The Indian Express

China President wants to revive ancient route as BCIM trade corridor.

At the edge of China's long border with Myanmar, this town could one day become the heart of the ancient Southern Silk Road that President Xi Jinping wants to rebuild with India. It is not clear if Xi can persuade Prime Minister Narendra Modi to join in China's vigorous effort to connect the two nations through Myanmar and Bangladesh.

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Burma News International: Medics Struggling to Cope with Numbers of Displaced in Kachin Conflict

Medics working with civilians displaced by fighting in Kachin State are struggling to cope because of a lack of resources - community based organizations warn of a potential health crisis. Information provided to Karen News by the Kachin Women's Association Thailand, allege that health workers are struggling to cope with the thousands of people displaced by conflict.

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DVB: Burma's teachers chime in on education reform

The Myanmar Teachers Federation has joined the long list of students and educators that oppose the legislation. "We would like to announce to the people that we strongly believe the National Education Law affects not only the education sector but the entire country and the people," the MTF said in a statement released on Monday.

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Myanmar Times: Government, parliament abstain from proposed alcohol plan- Shwe Yee Saw Myint

Dr Than Sein, head of the Public Health Foundation, which helped organise the seminar, said Myanmar urgently needed a national action plan to tackle what he described as a growing culture of excessive drinking, particularly among young people. "The report will give suggestions on how to reduce alcohol consumption and point out the alcohol problem among young people," he said.

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The Irrawaddy Newsmagazine

3 Rohingya Drown After Police Fire Rubber Bullets at Boat

Two women and a man of the Rohingya Muslim minority drowned near the Arakan State capital Sittwe on Friday after they jumped from a boat because police fired rubber bullets at them, a local officer said. Sittwe Police Col.

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