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Parliament approves plan to accept US$260 million loan from World Bank 27 Aug 2013 | 08:30 pm

Burma’s Union Parliament has approved a plan, recommended by President Thein Sein, to agree a US$261.5 million loan from the World Bank to support various development projects. The 40-year loan – at ...

NLD plans nationwide youth conference 27 Aug 2013 | 07:28 pm

Burma’s main opposition party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), said it plans to convene a nationwide youth conference to empower a younger generation of political activists to prepare for lea...

Home deliveries in rural Burma 27 Aug 2013 | 07:19 pm

Burma’s Health Ministry has admitted that the country needs significantly more midwives. Senior health officials recently said that a mere 10,000 midwives are employed to cover 60,000 villages. In R...

Suu Kyi, Dalai Lama to speak at Czech human rights forum 27 Aug 2013 | 06:12 pm

Democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi and the Dalai Lama will attend a human rights forum in Prague next month, its spokesman said. Burma’s opposition leader and the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, bo...

Ta’ang army suspends talks with govt as clashes continue 27 Aug 2013 | 05:18 pm

The Ta’ang (Palaung) National Liberation Army (TNLA) said it will be unable to proceed with peace talks with the Burmese government due to continued fighting between the ethnic armed group and the Bur...

Thai firm cements deal in Moulmein 27 Aug 2013 | 02:27 pm

Siam Cement Group (SCG) on Monday confirmed that it will proceed with plans to build a cement plant in Moulmein which it expects to open in mid-2016. In a statement on its website, Thailand’s largest...

MP blames local authorities for Htan Gone riot 26 Aug 2013 | 09:07 pm

Kanbula township MP Myint Naing has blamed local authorities for a lack of preparation in the wake of a riot which resulted in dozens of Muslim properties being burnt down in the village of Htan Gone ...

Rice exports down but annual forecast positive 26 Aug 2013 | 08:51 pm

Burma exported some 200,000 tonnes of rice between April and July, but that’s 100,000 tonnes short of last year’s figures. According to the chairman of the Myanmar Rice and Paddy Traders Association,...

Activists slam Association Law that would ‘criminalise’ dissent 26 Aug 2013 | 08:40 pm

Burma must reject or amend a draft association law which would allow the government to ban or impose criminal penalties on civil society groups for exercising free speech, Human Rights Watch (HRW) sai...

Ethnic minorities schedule conference for September 26 Aug 2013 | 06:16 pm

Political representatives of Burma’s ethnic minorities including the Shan, Karen, Chin, Mon and Karenni have announced that they will hold a trust-building conference in September aimed at establishin...

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