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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.

The Day the Radio Advertising Jingles Disappeared

On April 20, 1964, the scrapping of a popular radio show featuring advertisements for consumer goods signaled the start of two decades of Gen. Ne Win’s socialist economic agenda. The post The Day the Radio Advertising Jingles Disappeared appeared first on T
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The Day the Radio Advertising Jingles Disappeared

On April 20, 1964, the scrapping of a popular radio show featuring advertisements for consumer goods signaled the start of two decades of Gen. Ne Win’s socialist economic agenda. The post The Day the Radio Advertising Jingles Disappeared appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Wa Rebel Group Resists Govt Push to Sign its Ceasefire Deal

UWSA Vice Chairman Zhao Guo An said it will not sing the NCA and accused the current government of failing to honor the deal it struck with its predecessor. The post Wa Rebel Group Resists Govt Push to Sign its Ceasefire Deal appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Wa Rebel Group Resists Govt Push to Sign its Ceasefire Deal

UWSA Vice Chairman Zhao Guo An said it will not sing the NCA and accused the current government of failing to honor the deal it struck with its predecessor. The post Wa Rebel Group Resists Govt Push to Sign its Ceasefire Deal appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Thangyat Troupe Member Arrested over Performance Satirizing Military

Ma Kay Khine Tun is the 5th member of Peacock Generation detained over the New Year’s show The post Thangyat Troupe Member Arrested over Performance Satirizing Military appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Thangyat Troupe Member Arrested over Performance Satirizing Military

Ma Kay Khine Tun is the 5th member of Peacock Generation detained over the New Year’s show The post Thangyat Troupe Member Arrested over Performance Satirizing Military appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Shelling Injures Two Civilians in N. Rakhine, Villagers Say

Villagers say the shooting and shelling was unprovoked. The army claims a nearby military base was ambushed by rebels. The post Shelling Injures Two Civilians in N. Rakhine, Villagers Say appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Shelling Injures Two Civilians in N. Rakhine, Villagers Say

Villagers say the shooting and shelling was unprovoked. The army claims a nearby military base was ambushed by rebels. The post Shelling Injures Two Civilians in N. Rakhine, Villagers Say appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Myitsone Dam Roundup

As the State Counselor prepares to discuss infrastructure plans with the Chinese president, The Irrawaddy collects its recent reporting on the controversial hydropower project. The post Myitsone Dam Roundup appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Myitsone Dam Roundup

As the State Counselor prepares to discuss infrastructure plans with the Chinese president, The Irrawaddy collects its recent reporting on the controversial hydropower project. The post Myitsone Dam Roundup appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Bangladesh Gov’t to Hold Jobs Fair for Cox’s Bazar Youth Following Protests

Local residents accuse NGOs assisting Rohingya of excluding host community in hiring practices. The post Bangladesh Gov’t to Hold Jobs Fair for Cox’s Bazar Youth Following Protests appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Bangladesh Gov’t to Hold Jobs Fair for Cox’s Bazar Youth Following Protests

Local residents accuse NGOs assisting Rohingya of excluding host community in hiring practices. The post Bangladesh Gov’t to Hold Jobs Fair for Cox’s Bazar Youth Following Protests appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Journalists in Myanmar Still Under Threat Despite Latest Pulitzer Wins

Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, among the Reuters team that won a Pulitzer this week for its coverage of the Rohingya crisis, are serving lengthy prison terms for exposing state secrets. The post Journalists in Myanmar Still Under Threat Despite Latest Pulitzer Win
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Journalists in Myanmar Still Under Threat Despite Latest Pulitzer Wins

Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, among the Reuters team that won a Pulitzer this week for its coverage of the Rohingya crisis, are serving lengthy prison terms for exposing state secrets. The post Journalists in Myanmar Still Under Threat Despite Latest Pulitzer Wins appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Authorities Vow Probe as Ivory Coast Destroys ‘Unfit’ Myanmar Rice Shipment

Industry experts say incident could hurt Myanmar’s chances in increasingly competitive rice market. The post Authorities Vow Probe as Ivory Coast Destroys ‘Unfit’ Myanmar Rice Shipment appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Authorities Vow Probe as Ivory Coast Destroys ‘Unfit’ Myanmar Rice Shipment

Industry experts say incident could hurt Myanmar’s chances in increasingly competitive rice market. The post Authorities Vow Probe as Ivory Coast Destroys ‘Unfit’ Myanmar Rice Shipment appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Cardinal Charles Bo Asks Myanmar, Chinese Leaders to Scrap Myitsone Dam

Statement issued Monday is the cardinal’s second on the topic this year. The post Cardinal Charles Bo Asks Myanmar, Chinese Leaders to Scrap Myitsone Dam appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Cardinal Charles Bo Asks Myanmar, Chinese Leaders to Scrap Myitsone Dam

Statement issued Monday is the cardinal’s second on the topic this year. The post Cardinal Charles Bo Asks Myanmar, Chinese Leaders to Scrap Myitsone Dam appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Year-on-Year Thingyan Holiday Deaths Drop Dramatically

The Information Ministry said there were 288 deaths over the four-day holiday this year, less than half the 642 deaths recorded last year. The post Year-on-Year Thingyan Holiday Deaths Drop Dramatically appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Year-on-Year Thingyan Holiday Deaths Drop Dramatically

The Information Ministry said there were 288 deaths over the four-day holiday this year, less than half the 642 deaths recorded last year. The post Year-on-Year Thingyan Holiday Deaths Drop Dramatically appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Political Prisoners Miss Out in President’s New Year Amnesty

Only two were among the more than 9,500 inmates freed on Wednesday. The post Political Prisoners Miss Out in President’s New Year Amnesty appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Political Prisoners Miss Out in President’s New Year Amnesty

Only two were among the more than 9,500 inmates freed on Wednesday. The post Political Prisoners Miss Out in President’s New Year Amnesty appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Malaysia Begins Inquiry Into 2015 Discovery of Mass Graves, Human Trafficking Camps

The inquiry is probing claims that authorities mishandled an investigation into 139 mass graves and more than 12 campsites suspected to have been run by migrant-smuggling gangs. The post Malaysia Begins Inquiry Into 2015 Discovery of Mass Graves, Human Traffi
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Malaysia Begins Inquiry Into 2015 Discovery of Mass Graves, Human Trafficking Camps

The inquiry is probing claims that authorities mishandled an investigation into 139 mass graves and more than 12 campsites suspected to have been run by migrant-smuggling gangs. The post Malaysia Begins Inquiry Into 2015 Discovery of Mass Graves, Human Trafficking Camps appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

TikTok Vanishes From Google, Apple App Stores in India After Ban

A court in southern Tamil Nadu State asked the federal government to ban TikTok, saying it encouraged pornography and warning that sexual predators could target child users. The post TikTok Vanishes From Google, Apple App Stores in India After Ban appeared
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TikTok Vanishes From Google, Apple App Stores in India After Ban

A court in southern Tamil Nadu State asked the federal government to ban TikTok, saying it encouraged pornography and warning that sexual predators could target child users. The post TikTok Vanishes From Google, Apple App Stores in India After Ban appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Jokowi 2.0 Could Open Indonesia’s Door to Foreign Investors

On the list of areas he might tackle in his second term is sagging foreign investment, the troubled education system and restrictive labor rules, insiders say. The post Jokowi 2.0 Could Open Indonesia’s Door to Foreign Investors appeared first on The Irrawa
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Jokowi 2.0 Could Open Indonesia’s Door to Foreign Investors

On the list of areas he might tackle in his second term is sagging foreign investment, the troubled education system and restrictive labor rules, insiders say. The post Jokowi 2.0 Could Open Indonesia’s Door to Foreign Investors appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

UWSA Leader Repeats Demands for Autonomous Wa State on 30th Anniversary

Group reportedly disappointed by absence of State Counselor, Army chief at celebration in Panghsang. The post UWSA Leader Repeats Demands for Autonomous Wa State on 30th Anniversary appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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UWSA Leader Repeats Demands for Autonomous Wa State on 30th Anniversary

Group reportedly disappointed by absence of State Counselor, Army chief at celebration in Panghsang. The post UWSA Leader Repeats Demands for Autonomous Wa State on 30th Anniversary appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

State Counselor, Military Chief to Skip Wa’s 30th Anniversary Celebration

Union gov’t to be represented by 8 officials including labor minister, Peace Commission vice chair and President’s Office spokesman; Tatmadaw undecided on whether it will send anyone. The post State Counselor, Military Chief to Skip Wa’s 30th Anniversar
The Irrawaddy

State Counselor, Military Chief to Skip Wa’s 30th Anniversary Celebration

Union gov’t to be represented by 8 officials including labor minister, Peace Commission vice chair and President’s Office spokesman; Tatmadaw undecided on whether it will send anyone. The post State Counselor, Military Chief to Skip Wa’s 30th Anniversary Celebration appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Daw Khin Kyi—Wife and Mother of National Leaders—Was Born 107 Years Ago Today

On this day in 1912, Daw Khin Kyi, who would marry independence hero Gen. Aung San, was born. She later served as Myanmar’s first woman ambassador. The couple’s children included current State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. The post Daw Khin Kyi—Wife a
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Daw Khin Kyi—Wife and Mother of National Leaders—Was Born 107 Years Ago Today

On this day in 1912, Daw Khin Kyi, who would marry independence hero Gen. Aung San, was born. She later served as Myanmar’s first woman ambassador. The couple’s children included current State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. The post Daw Khin Kyi—Wife and Mother of National Leaders—Was Born 107 Years Ago Today appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

At The Pansodan, Sublime Flavors in an Architectural Gem

Eagerly awaited addition to Yangon’s food scene lives up to the hype. The post At The Pansodan, Sublime Flavors in an Architectural Gem appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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At The Pansodan, Sublime Flavors in an Architectural Gem

Eagerly awaited addition to Yangon’s food scene lives up to the hype. The post At The Pansodan, Sublime Flavors in an Architectural Gem appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Filmmaker Accused of Insulting Army Is Denied Bail, Sent to Prison

Rights activist and director Min Htin Ko Ko Gyi had requested bail, as he suffers from liver cancer. The post Filmmaker Accused of Insulting Army Is Denied Bail, Sent to Prison appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
The Irrawaddy

Filmmaker Accused of Insulting Army Is Denied Bail, Sent to Prison

Rights activist and director Min Htin Ko Ko Gyi had requested bail, as he suffers from liver cancer. The post Filmmaker Accused of Insulting Army Is Denied Bail, Sent to Prison appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Naga Rebels Say Peace Talks May Suffer if Military Does Not Free Leaders

The NSCN-K says it has written to the government and military asking for help in freeing 11 members of the group the military detained in March, but has yet to hear back. The post Naga Rebels Say Peace Talks May Suffer if Military Does Not Free Leaders appear
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Naga Rebels Say Peace Talks May Suffer if Military Does Not Free Leaders

The NSCN-K says it has written to the government and military asking for help in freeing 11 members of the group the military detained in March, but has yet to hear back. The post Naga Rebels Say Peace Talks May Suffer if Military Does Not Free Leaders appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Two ABSDF Members Jailed for 2 Years for Unlawful Association

Members of armed student group detained while attending funeral; organization says Army violated terms of peace deal by arresting the pair. The post Two ABSDF Members Jailed for 2 Years for Unlawful Association appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
The Irrawaddy

Two ABSDF Members Jailed for 2 Years for Unlawful Association

Members of armed student group detained while attending funeral; organization says Army violated terms of peace deal by arresting the pair. The post Two ABSDF Members Jailed for 2 Years for Unlawful Association appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Amnesty for Political Prisoners Eagerly Anticipated as Myanmar Ushers in New Year

Presidential pardon for prisoners in New Year period is customary; families of detainees and political activists are hoping for good news. The post Amnesty for Political Prisoners Eagerly Anticipated as Myanmar Ushers in New Year appeared first on The Irrawad
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Amnesty for Political Prisoners Eagerly Anticipated as Myanmar Ushers in New Year

Presidential pardon for prisoners in New Year period is customary; families of detainees and political activists are hoping for good news. The post Amnesty for Political Prisoners Eagerly Anticipated as Myanmar Ushers in New Year appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Myanmar Military Chief Backs BRI Projects in Talks With China’s Xi

Sen-Gen. Min Aung Hlaing says development schemes will benefit the rural poor. The post Myanmar Military Chief Backs BRI Projects in Talks With China’s Xi appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Myanmar Military Chief Backs BRI Projects in Talks With China’s Xi

Sen-Gen. Min Aung Hlaing says development schemes will benefit the rural poor. The post Myanmar Military Chief Backs BRI Projects in Talks With China’s Xi appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Inle Lake Prepares For First-Ever Floating Water Festival

The even will feature free food, traditional dance shows and sets by top local singers across 21 floating venues. There will also be a Mr. and Mrs. Inle contest on the last day. The post Inle Lake Prepares For First-Ever Floating Water Festival appeared firs
The Irrawaddy

Inle Lake Prepares For First-Ever Floating Water Festival

The even will feature free food, traditional dance shows and sets by top local singers across 21 floating venues. There will also be a Mr. and Mrs. Inle contest on the last day. The post Inle Lake Prepares For First-Ever Floating Water Festival appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

5 Water Resources Officials Face Corruption Charges

Senior DWIR officials accused of misusing 537 million kyats of the agency’s budget. The post 5 Water Resources Officials Face Corruption Charges appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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5 Water Resources Officials Face Corruption Charges

Senior DWIR officials accused of misusing 537 million kyats of the agency’s budget. The post 5 Water Resources Officials Face Corruption Charges appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

State Counselor Blames No One Over Lack of Peace Process: Negotiator

Gov’t eager to resume formal peace process, U Tun Tun Oo says at talks with KNU The post State Counselor Blames No One Over Lack of Peace Process: Negotiator appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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State Counselor Blames No One Over Lack of Peace Process: Negotiator

Gov’t eager to resume formal peace process, U Tun Tun Oo says at talks with KNU The post State Counselor Blames No One Over Lack of Peace Process: Negotiator appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Recent Death Threats Against Journalists Draw Rebuke

“The threats against journalists are bad for journalism and also not good for the country,” said U Aung Hla Tun, the deputy minister of information. The post Recent Death Threats Against Journalists Draw Rebuke appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Recent Death Threats Against Journalists Draw Rebuke

“The threats against journalists are bad for journalism and also not good for the country,” said U Aung Hla Tun, the deputy minister of information. The post Recent Death Threats Against Journalists Draw Rebuke appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

The Day Myanmar’s Independence Hero and His Colleagues Were Laid to Rest

On this day in 1948, Gen. Aung San and eight colleagues assassinated with him were laid to rest at the site that would later become the Martyrs’ Mausoleum in Yangon. The post The Day Myanmar’s Independence Hero and His Colleagues Were Laid to Rest appeare
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The Day Myanmar’s Independence Hero and His Colleagues Were Laid to Rest

On this day in 1948, Gen. Aung San and eight colleagues assassinated with him were laid to rest at the site that would later become the Martyrs’ Mausoleum in Yangon. The post The Day Myanmar’s Independence Hero and His Colleagues Were Laid to Rest appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

N. Korea’s Kim Says Must Deliver ‘Blow’ to Those Imposing Sanctions – KCNA

Kim Jong Un said his country needs to deliver a “telling blow” to sanction-imposing countries by upping its efforts to create a self-supporting national economy. The post N. Korea’s Kim Says Must Deliver ‘Blow’ to Those Imposing Sanction
The Irrawaddy

N. Korea’s Kim Says Must Deliver ‘Blow’ to Those Imposing Sanctions – KCNA

Kim Jong Un said his country needs to deliver a “telling blow” to sanction-imposing countries by upping its efforts to create a self-supporting national economy. The post N. Korea’s Kim Says Must Deliver ‘Blow’ to Those Imposing Sanctions – KCNA appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Pushing the Envelope: Money Politics Mars Indonesian Poll

Indonesia — the world's third-largest democracy — has some of the worst money politics in Southeast Asia, according to researchers. The post Pushing the Envelope: Money Politics Mars Indonesian Poll appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Pushing the Envelope: Money Politics Mars Indonesian Poll

Indonesia — the world's third-largest democracy — has some of the worst money politics in Southeast Asia, according to researchers. The post Pushing the Envelope: Money Politics Mars Indonesian Poll appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

India’s Giant Election Gets Underway With Voting in First of 7 Phases

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is gunning for a second term having campaigned strongly on his national security record following a flare up in tensions with Pakistan. The post India’s Giant Election Gets Underway With Voting in First of 7 Phases appeared
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India’s Giant Election Gets Underway With Voting in First of 7 Phases

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is gunning for a second term having campaigned strongly on his national security record following a flare up in tensions with Pakistan. The post India’s Giant Election Gets Underway With Voting in First of 7 Phases appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Myanmar Military Chief Thanks Beijing for Support on Rakhine Crisis

“Myanmar is thankful of China as a good neighbor for its correct stance and standing against the international community over the Rakhine State issue,” the general said. The post Myanmar Military Chief Thanks Beijing for Support on Rakhine Crisis appeare
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Military Chief Thanks Beijing for Support on Rakhine Crisis

“Myanmar is thankful of China as a good neighbor for its correct stance and standing against the international community over the Rakhine State issue,” the general said. The post Myanmar Military Chief Thanks Beijing for Support on Rakhine Crisis appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Foreign Diplomats, U.N. Officials to Take in Traditional Thingyan in Mandalay

“Their participation will be a first in the city’s history,” said U Kyaw San Myint, who sits on the festival committee of the Mandalay City Development Committee. The post Foreign Diplomats, U.N. Officials to Take in Traditional Thingyan in Mandalay app
The Irrawaddy

Foreign Diplomats, U.N. Officials to Take in Traditional Thingyan in Mandalay

“Their participation will be a first in the city’s history,” said U Kyaw San Myint, who sits on the festival committee of the Mandalay City Development Committee. The post Foreign Diplomats, U.N. Officials to Take in Traditional Thingyan in Mandalay appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

The Cards are in the Wa Army’s Hands

Ahead of major events at the United Wa State Army’s headquarters to mark 30 years of a successful ceasefire, Lawi Weng discusses Wa’s delicate balance of power and peace. The post The Cards are in the Wa Army’s Hands appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
The Irrawaddy

The Cards are in the Wa Army’s Hands

Ahead of major events at the United Wa State Army’s headquarters to mark 30 years of a successful ceasefire, Lawi Weng discusses Wa’s delicate balance of power and peace. The post The Cards are in the Wa Army’s Hands appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

AA Kills 20 Soldiers in N. Rakhine’s Ancient Capital Mrauk-U

Armed group says it attacked police regiment because Tatmadaw is using it to shell mountains near the town; captain among those killed. The post AA Kills 20 Soldiers in N. Rakhine’s Ancient Capital Mrauk-U appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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AA Kills 20 Soldiers in N. Rakhine’s Ancient Capital Mrauk-U

Armed group says it attacked police regiment because Tatmadaw is using it to shell mountains near the town; captain among those killed. The post AA Kills 20 Soldiers in N. Rakhine’s Ancient Capital Mrauk-U appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

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