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Parliament Blocks Request for Review of 3,000 Kaman ID Cards

The upper house legislator of Ramree constituency had her call to discuss the controversial ID cards in parliament rejected. The post Parliament Blocks Request for Review of 3,000 Kaman ID Cards appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Explosives Kill Two in Northern Shan

A Ta'ang woman died after her motorbike drove over an explosive in Kyaukme Township. In Muse Township, a 13-year-old Mong boy died from an explosive he was playing with. The post Explosives Kill Two in Northern Shan appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Explosives Kill Two in Northern Shan

A Ta'ang woman died after her motorbike drove over an explosive in Kyaukme Township. In Muse Township, a 13-year-old Mong boy died from an explosive he was playing with. The post Explosives Kill Two in Northern Shan appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

By-Election Disappointment Prompts Internal Reforms at NLD                 

Ruling party’s Executive Committee reviewing Nov. 3 poll results, announces ground-level revamp to prepare for 2020 election The post By-Election Disappointment Prompts Internal Reforms at NLD                  appeared first on The Irrawadd
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By-Election Disappointment Prompts Internal Reforms at NLD                 

Ruling party’s Executive Committee reviewing Nov. 3 poll results, announces ground-level revamp to prepare for 2020 election The post By-Election Disappointment Prompts Internal Reforms at NLD                  appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

President Proposes New Ministry to Promote Investment

Amid Myanmar's economic slowdown, U Win Myint has asked Parliament to approve a new ministry charged with boosting local and international investment. The post President Proposes New Ministry to Promote Investment appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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President Proposes New Ministry to Promote Investment

Amid Myanmar's economic slowdown, U Win Myint has asked Parliament to approve a new ministry charged with boosting local and international investment. The post President Proposes New Ministry to Promote Investment appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Man Wrongfully Detained and Beaten by Police to File Complaints

Police mistook Ko Aung Soe Htike, a travel company director, for a thief who was captured on CCTV stealing a phone and detained and beat him without explaining their motives. The post Man Wrongfully Detained and Beaten by Police to File Complaints appeared fi
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Man Wrongfully Detained and Beaten by Police to File Complaints

Police mistook Ko Aung Soe Htike, a travel company director, for a thief who was captured on CCTV stealing a phone and detained and beat him without explaining their motives. The post Man Wrongfully Detained and Beaten by Police to File Complaints appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Analysis: KNU Reiterates Hiatus in Peace Talks

Standing Committee statement repeats objection to Tatmadaw’s “new” conditions for implementing the NCA The post Analysis: KNU Reiterates Hiatus in Peace Talks appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Analysis: KNU Reiterates Hiatus in Peace Talks

Standing Committee statement repeats objection to Tatmadaw’s “new” conditions for implementing the NCA The post Analysis: KNU Reiterates Hiatus in Peace Talks appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

For NLD, By-Election Result a Wake-Up Call for 2020

This week, The Irrawaddy discusses what lessons the ruling party can draw from its underwhelming performance in last week’s vote, which saw it win just seven of the 13 seats it contested. The post For NLD, By-Election Result a Wake-Up Call for 2020 appeare
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For NLD, By-Election Result a Wake-Up Call for 2020

This week, The Irrawaddy discusses what lessons the ruling party can draw from its underwhelming performance in last week’s vote, which saw it win just seven of the 13 seats it contested. The post For NLD, By-Election Result a Wake-Up Call for 2020 appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Singapore Calls for Closer SE Asia, Says Multilateralism Under Threat

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong called for greater integration between Southeast Asian countries at a time when multilateralism is under threat. The post Singapore Calls for Closer SE Asia, Says Multilateralism Under Threat appeared first on The Irra
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Singapore Calls for Closer SE Asia, Says Multilateralism Under Threat

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong called for greater integration between Southeast Asian countries at a time when multilateralism is under threat. The post Singapore Calls for Closer SE Asia, Says Multilateralism Under Threat appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Finance For Electricity Access Too Little, Too Dirty: Energy Body

Finance to provide electric power to nearly 1 billion people who live without it is rising — but too slowly to meet a global goal to reach everyone by 2030, a new report says. The post Finance For Electricity Access Too Little, Too Dirty: Energy Body appear
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Finance For Electricity Access Too Little, Too Dirty: Energy Body

Finance to provide electric power to nearly 1 billion people who live without it is rising — but too slowly to meet a global goal to reach everyone by 2030, a new report says. The post Finance For Electricity Access Too Little, Too Dirty: Energy Body appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Michael Jackson’s ‘Bad’ Tour Jacket Sold at Auction

The jacket, worn by the star during his “Bad” world tour, sold for $298,000 at a New York auction. Part of the proceeds will go to the charity MusicCares. The post Michael Jackson’s ‘Bad’ Tour Jacket Sold at Auction appeared first on Th
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Michael Jackson’s ‘Bad’ Tour Jacket Sold at Auction

The jacket, worn by the star during his “Bad” world tour, sold for $298,000 at a New York auction. Part of the proceeds will go to the charity MusicCares. The post Michael Jackson’s ‘Bad’ Tour Jacket Sold at Auction appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Mandalay Textile Factory Rehires Fired Workers, But Protest Leaders Sued

Workers say police sued the four protest leaders on Thursday even after they called off the protest when the factory agreed to rehire the 207 employees it fired in August. The post Mandalay Textile Factory Rehires Fired Workers, But Protest Leaders Sued appea
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Mandalay Textile Factory Rehires Fired Workers, But Protest Leaders Sued

Workers say police sued the four protest leaders on Thursday even after they called off the protest when the factory agreed to rehire the 207 employees it fired in August. The post Mandalay Textile Factory Rehires Fired Workers, But Protest Leaders Sued appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Church Accuses Karenni Chief Minister of Stealing its Land

The Catholic church says L Phaung Sho stole a piece of its land in 2014 and was now preparing the build a fence in front of its entrance. The post Church Accuses Karenni Chief Minister of Stealing its Land appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Church Accuses Karenni Chief Minister of Stealing its Land

The Catholic church says L Phaung Sho stole a piece of its land in 2014 and was now preparing the build a fence in front of its entrance. The post Church Accuses Karenni Chief Minister of Stealing its Land appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Fire Kills Two Novices at Monastery in Southern Shan State

Local residents accuse RCSS of starting the blaze; group rejects claim, says novices were ‘playing with fire’ The post Fire Kills Two Novices at Monastery in Southern Shan State appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Fire Kills Two Novices at Monastery in Southern Shan State

Local residents accuse RCSS of starting the blaze; group rejects claim, says novices were ‘playing with fire’ The post Fire Kills Two Novices at Monastery in Southern Shan State appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

No Apology From Journalists as Yangon Govt Drops Incitement Suit

“How can we apology for something that we didn’t do wrong?” said Eleven Media Managing Editor U Kyaw Zaw Lin. The post No Apology From Journalists as Yangon Govt Drops Incitement Suit appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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No Apology From Journalists as Yangon Govt Drops Incitement Suit

“How can we apology for something that we didn’t do wrong?” said Eleven Media Managing Editor U Kyaw Zaw Lin. The post No Apology From Journalists as Yangon Govt Drops Incitement Suit appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Thame Hla Island: a Vanishing Haven for Sea Turtles

Home to one of Myanmar’s three turtle conservation centers, this Andaman Sea island was once a safe haven for the green sea turtle. But overfishing and sand-mining have seen its hatching and mating areas dwindle. The post Thame Hla Island: a Vanishing Have
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Thame Hla Island: a Vanishing Haven for Sea Turtles

Home to one of Myanmar’s three turtle conservation centers, this Andaman Sea island was once a safe haven for the green sea turtle. But overfishing and sand-mining have seen its hatching and mating areas dwindle. The post Thame Hla Island: a Vanishing Haven for Sea Turtles appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Home Affairs Ministry Admits to Challenges Blocking Drug Precursor Imports

Deputy Home Affairs Minister Major General Aung Thu said Myanmar has struggled to block the illegal import of precursors from China and India, the country's main suppliers. The post Home Affairs Ministry Admits to Challenges Blocking Drug Precursor Imports ap
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Home Affairs Ministry Admits to Challenges Blocking Drug Precursor Imports

Deputy Home Affairs Minister Major General Aung Thu said Myanmar has struggled to block the illegal import of precursors from China and India, the country's main suppliers. The post Home Affairs Ministry Admits to Challenges Blocking Drug Precursor Imports appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Central Bank Removes Lending Restrictions on Foreign Bank Branches

International banks’ local branches will now be allowed to provide loans and other services to Myanmar companies. The post Central Bank Removes Lending Restrictions on Foreign Bank Branches appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Central Bank Removes Lending Restrictions on Foreign Bank Branches

International banks’ local branches will now be allowed to provide loans and other services to Myanmar companies. The post Central Bank Removes Lending Restrictions on Foreign Bank Branches appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Explore Lion City’s Food and Arts at 3rd Singapore Festival

This year’s event is less about travel deals, more about a cultural experience, organizers say The post Explore Lion City’s Food and Arts at 3rd Singapore Festival appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Explore Lion City’s Food and Arts at 3rd Singapore Festival

This year’s event is less about travel deals, more about a cultural experience, organizers say The post Explore Lion City’s Food and Arts at 3rd Singapore Festival appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Comic Artist Draws on History for Tales of Politically Powerful Women

A feminist manga artist will use characters based on an Egyptian pharaoh and a Chinese empress to bring more female empowerment to the male-dominated world of comic books. The post Comic Artist Draws on History for Tales of Politically Powerful Women appeare
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Comic Artist Draws on History for Tales of Politically Powerful Women

A feminist manga artist will use characters based on an Egyptian pharaoh and a Chinese empress to bring more female empowerment to the male-dominated world of comic books. The post Comic Artist Draws on History for Tales of Politically Powerful Women appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Bangladesh’s PM Hasina to Seek Re-Election Dec. 23

Sheikh Hasina's government has won plaudits for letting in hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar but faces accusations of authoritarian rule. The post Bangladesh’s PM Hasina to Seek Re-Election Dec. 23 appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Bangladesh’s PM Hasina to Seek Re-Election Dec. 23

Sheikh Hasina's government has won plaudits for letting in hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar but faces accusations of authoritarian rule. The post Bangladesh’s PM Hasina to Seek Re-Election Dec. 23 appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Smog in Indian Capital Severe After Unfettered Festival Fireworks

Pollution in New Delhi rose to a «severe» level on Thursday after revelers let off fireworks long into the night to mark the Hindu festival of Diwali. The post Smog in Indian Capital Severe After Unfettered Festival Fireworks appeared first on Th
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Smog in Indian Capital Severe After Unfettered Festival Fireworks

Pollution in New Delhi rose to a «severe» level on Thursday after revelers let off fireworks long into the night to mark the Hindu festival of Diwali. The post Smog in Indian Capital Severe After Unfettered Festival Fireworks appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Drowsy Driver Sends Rakhine Chief Minister’s SUV Into Stream, No One Hurt

The driver sent the SUV into a stream in Rakhine State on Friday morning after driving the chief minister back from Naypyitaw through the night, a staff member said. The post Drowsy Driver Sends Rakhine Chief Minister’s SUV Into Stream, No One Hurt appe
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Drowsy Driver Sends Rakhine Chief Minister’s SUV Into Stream, No One Hurt

The driver sent the SUV into a stream in Rakhine State on Friday morning after driving the chief minister back from Naypyitaw through the night, a staff member said. The post Drowsy Driver Sends Rakhine Chief Minister’s SUV Into Stream, No One Hurt appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Energy Ministry Negotiates to Lower Fuel Oil Prices

The Ministry of Electricity and Energy is negotiating with suppliers in hopes of lowering fuel oil prices to less than 1,000 kyats per liter in Yangon. The post Energy Ministry Negotiates to Lower Fuel Oil Prices appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Energy Ministry Negotiates to Lower Fuel Oil Prices

The Ministry of Electricity and Energy is negotiating with suppliers in hopes of lowering fuel oil prices to less than 1,000 kyats per liter in Yangon. The post Energy Ministry Negotiates to Lower Fuel Oil Prices appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

EU Commits $13.7M to Expand Peace Program In Kachin, Shan States

Launched in 2015, the Durable Peace Program has been funding NGOs to help the thousands of families displaced by the civil war in Myanmar's northeast. The post EU Commits $13.7M to Expand Peace Program In Kachin, Shan States appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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EU Commits $13.7M to Expand Peace Program In Kachin, Shan States

Launched in 2015, the Durable Peace Program has been funding NGOs to help the thousands of families displaced by the civil war in Myanmar's northeast. The post EU Commits $13.7M to Expand Peace Program In Kachin, Shan States appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi Buys Land in Naypyitaw for Her Foundation

Sources say she bought the 93 acres for $444,000 to establish a forest and open a vocational training school to teach landscaping. The post Daw Aung San Suu Kyi Buys Land in Naypyitaw for Her Foundation appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Daw Aung San Suu Kyi Buys Land in Naypyitaw for Her Foundation

Sources say she bought the 93 acres for $444,000 to establish a forest and open a vocational training school to teach landscaping. The post Daw Aung San Suu Kyi Buys Land in Naypyitaw for Her Foundation appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

US Pretzel Chain Auntie Anne’s to Open in Yangon Next Year

Local firm Yoma Strategic has signed a franchise deal with the US parent company. The post US Pretzel Chain Auntie Anne’s to Open in Yangon Next Year appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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US Pretzel Chain Auntie Anne’s to Open in Yangon Next Year

Local firm Yoma Strategic has signed a franchise deal with the US parent company. The post US Pretzel Chain Auntie Anne’s to Open in Yangon Next Year appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Family Suspects Armed Group in Palaung Man’s Death in Shan State

San Mon's wife says he went missing while trying to fetch their children from home when fighting broke out in their village between rival armed groups last month. The post Family Suspects Armed Group in Palaung Man’s Death in Shan State appeared first o
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Family Suspects Armed Group in Palaung Man’s Death in Shan State

San Mon's wife says he went missing while trying to fetch their children from home when fighting broke out in their village between rival armed groups last month. The post Family Suspects Armed Group in Palaung Man’s Death in Shan State appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Gov’t Inks Agreement with Chinese Firm to Develop Kyaukphyu SEZ

Joint Myanmar-Chinese consortium will have concession rights to operate deep seaport in Rakhine as part of the project. The post Gov’t Inks Agreement with Chinese Firm to Develop Kyaukphyu SEZ appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Gov’t Inks Agreement with Chinese Firm to Develop Kyaukphyu SEZ

Joint Myanmar-Chinese consortium will have concession rights to operate deep seaport in Rakhine as part of the project. The post Gov’t Inks Agreement with Chinese Firm to Develop Kyaukphyu SEZ appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Military Chief Asks Visiting Chinese Diplomat for Continued Support

Senior Communist Party of China official Song Tao says Beijing backs continued political role for Tatmadaw. The post Military Chief Asks Visiting Chinese Diplomat for Continued Support appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Military Chief Asks Visiting Chinese Diplomat for Continued Support

Senior Communist Party of China official Song Tao says Beijing backs continued political role for Tatmadaw. The post Military Chief Asks Visiting Chinese Diplomat for Continued Support appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Golden Triangle’s Drug Production Expands, Diversifies Amid Opioid Concerns

UNODC regional representative Jeremy Douglas said the boom was «like nothing we have ever seen before.» The post Golden Triangle’s Drug Production Expands, Diversifies Amid Opioid Concerns appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Golden Triangle’s Drug Production Expands, Diversifies Amid Opioid Concerns

UNODC regional representative Jeremy Douglas said the boom was «like nothing we have ever seen before.» The post Golden Triangle’s Drug Production Expands, Diversifies Amid Opioid Concerns appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Cambodia’s Hun Sen Eases Pressure on Unions, as EU Sanctions Threat Looms

Cambodian PM told his ministers to ease pressure on labor union leaders, after threats by the EU to remove the Southeast Asian country's duty-free trading access. The post Cambodia’s Hun Sen Eases Pressure on Unions, as EU Sanctions Threat Looms appeare
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Cambodia’s Hun Sen Eases Pressure on Unions, as EU Sanctions Threat Looms

Cambodian PM told his ministers to ease pressure on labor union leaders, after threats by the EU to remove the Southeast Asian country's duty-free trading access. The post Cambodia’s Hun Sen Eases Pressure on Unions, as EU Sanctions Threat Looms appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Cambodia to Boost Clean Energy Use — But Coal Plants Planned Too

Cambodia will push ahead with plans to use hydropower and coal to electrify the entire country by 2020, but solar energy will play some role, especially in remote areas. The post Cambodia to Boost Clean Energy Use — But Coal Plants Planned Too appeared firs
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Cambodia to Boost Clean Energy Use — But Coal Plants Planned Too

Cambodia will push ahead with plans to use hydropower and coal to electrify the entire country by 2020, but solar energy will play some role, especially in remote areas. The post Cambodia to Boost Clean Energy Use — But Coal Plants Planned Too appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Thai Junta Says No Need for Foreign Observers at Next Year’s Election

Pro-democracy activists criticize that the junta has restricted fundamental civil rights. The post Thai Junta Says No Need for Foreign Observers at Next Year’s Election appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Thai Junta Says No Need for Foreign Observers at Next Year’s Election

Pro-democracy activists criticize that the junta has restricted fundamental civil rights. The post Thai Junta Says No Need for Foreign Observers at Next Year’s Election appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

‘Skeletons Covered in Skin’: Inside Myanmar’s Prison Labor Camps

An investigation by Myanmar Now reveals an account of the horrors that unfolded within the country's gulag-like prison labor camps from those who helped to oversee them. The post ‘Skeletons Covered in Skin’: Inside Myanmar’s Prison Labor Camps appeare
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‘Skeletons Covered in Skin’: Inside Myanmar’s Prison Labor Camps

An investigation by Myanmar Now reveals an account of the horrors that unfolded within the country's gulag-like prison labor camps from those who helped to oversee them. The post ‘Skeletons Covered in Skin’: Inside Myanmar’s Prison Labor Camps appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Officials Still Using Telecom Law to Silence Critics Despite Amendments

NLD lawmakers and others have opened scores of legal cases under Article 66 (d) since the law was changed after a public outcry in 2017. The post Officials Still Using Telecom Law to Silence Critics Despite Amendments appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Officials Still Using Telecom Law to Silence Critics Despite Amendments

NLD lawmakers and others have opened scores of legal cases under Article 66 (d) since the law was changed after a public outcry in 2017. The post Officials Still Using Telecom Law to Silence Critics Despite Amendments appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Lawmaker Complains of ‘Shoddy’ Bridge Construction in Kachin

Lower House lawmaker U Lar Mar Lay said two bridges opened only seven months ago at a combined cost of more than half-a-million dollars are already falling apart. The post Lawmaker Complains of ‘Shoddy’ Bridge Construction in Kachin appeared firs
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Lawmaker Complains of ‘Shoddy’ Bridge Construction in Kachin

Lower House lawmaker U Lar Mar Lay said two bridges opened only seven months ago at a combined cost of more than half-a-million dollars are already falling apart. The post Lawmaker Complains of ‘Shoddy’ Bridge Construction in Kachin appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

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