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All Ye Township will have electricity within 18 months, says Mon Chief Minister
Mon News Agency, 13/05/2017
Ye Township, the last area of Mon State that does not get regular electrical service, will be connected to a private electric grid by November 2018. The Mon Chief Minister, Dr. Aye Zan, announced the timetable at a meeting with Ye Township residents on Friday. Yesterday’s meeting was attended by the chief minister and members of his government, the speaker of the Mon State parliament (Hluttaw) Daw Tin Ei, Ye Township representatives, staff from local departments and Ye Township residents. “Today is the 12th of May 2017, and by the 12th of May 2018, about 15 villages in northern Ye Township will have electricity. Within 18 months every town and village in the township will have electricity,” the chief minister said. One Ye city resident, U Than Soe, thought the electricity could make life safer and easier. “I have nothing more to say about electricity because the min...
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Ethnic States Win Right to Draft Constitutions
The Irrawaddy, 12/05/2017
NAYPYIDAW — Burma’s seven ethnic states have won the right to draft their own constitutions, an unprecedented breakthrough in their fight for equality and self-determination, according to the leader of an armed ethnic group. After the Friday morning meeting of the Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee (UPDJC), Col. Hkun Okkar of the Pa-O National Liberation Organization (PNLO) told reporters “the government has acknowledged the right to self-determination for the state as we are allowed to draft the state constitution.” “We were able to agree that we could draft our own state constitutions, which has never been done in Burmese history,” he said. “The states under the Union have never had such rights as to draft their own constitutions, but we have earned it today.” Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, who leads the UPDJC, joined the meeting on Friday. On May 7-9, the UPDJC held ...
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New Mon State Party to Sign Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement
The Irrawaddy, 12/05/2017
MOULMEIN — the central executive committee (CEC) meeting of the New Mon State Party (NMSP) agreed to sign the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA), but will only sign together with other ethnic armed groups, CEC member Nai Win Hla told press on Friday. “What I can say definitely is we’d sign it,” he said. “But it is difficult to predict for others as they are still holding meetings.” “We learnt that the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), and the Wa National Organization (WNO) will resign [from the United Nationalities Federal Council]. So, they are unlikely to sign,” he told press. Nai Win Hla said other groups—including the Shan State Progressive Party (SSPP), the Karenni National Progressive Party (KNPP), the Arakan National Council (ANC), and the Lahu Democratic Union (LDU)—may sign. The decision to sign the NCA was reached at the regular CEC meeting of th...
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5 kinds of monsoon crops to be planted in Kayin State
Myanmar Times, 11/05/2017
In developing the farming sector in Kayin State, it is estimated that five kinds of monsoon crops will be grown in the state, according to an estimation of agricultural projects for 2017-18 fiscal year. The state head office of the Department of Agriculture announced that these five monsoon crops will be grown in Hpa-an, Hlaingbwe, Thandaunggyi, Hpapun, Kawkareik, Kya-In Seikkyi and Myawady townships. Kayin State’s Agriculture Department head U Win Hlaing Oo said that there would be educational programs for the farmers so that they can produce good, quality crops and learn how to use the fertilizers systematically. “The farmers need to use fertilizers in the right way to produce good quality crops. We will educate them on the techniques not only at state level but also in districts and townships. We will mainly plant monsoon paddy, maize, corns, monsoon peanuts and sesame in...
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KNPP Concludes Congress, Re-Elects Chairperson
The Irrawaddy, 11/05/2017
The Karenni National Progressive Party (KNPP)—an ethnic armed group fighting for self-determination—concluded its weeklong congress on Thursday at its headquarters in the Karenni State-Thai border area, and reelected its current chairperson Khun Abel Tweed. The KNPP had a bilateral ceasefire agreement with the previous government in 2012, but have not have signed the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA). The organization is currently in talks with the National League for Democracy government’s peace negotiators under the ethnic armed alliance the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC), of which it is a member. Around 200 KNPP representatives joined the congress from May 3-11, and voted in the new members of the central committee, including the chairperson. The KNPP hold its congress every four years, during which, its members listen to reports of the organization’s...
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Kachin, Wa armies cut ties to UNFC
DVB, 09/05/2017
The Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) and the Wa National Organization (WNO) have withdrawn from the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC), a formerly seven-member coalition of ethnic armed groups that have yet to sign Burma’s Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement. The KIO submitted to the UNFC a letter of resignation signed by its secretary, La Nan, and dated 29 April, Pa-O National Liberation Organization (PNLO) patron Colonel Khun Okkar told DVB. “The KIO Secretary La Nan signed the letter and withdrew KIO membership from the UNFC so as not to be a hindrance for other organizations in the UNFC, which will probably join the National Ceasefire Agreement [NCA]. This is probably one of the reasons behind the decision,” he said. “The other thing is the KIO wants to give up its involvement in the NCA [framework for peace talks] as well as in the Wa armed groups alliance...
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Burma Army to Remove Landmines in Karen State
The Irrawaddy, 08/05/2017
The Burma Army will remove landmines in Karen State following an agreement with the Karen National Union (KNU), according to Col Wunna Aung, spokesperson for the Burma Army and member of the Joint Ceasefire Monitoring Committee (JMC). After the KNU and the JMC discussed the military codes of conduct for the project at a three-day meeting in Rangoon last week, Col Wunna Aung said on Friday “both sides want mines to be cleared, but we will need to build trust.” A timescale for the operations had not yet been decided, he said, though demining in ethnic Karen conflict areas was part of the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) signed by the Burma Army and the KNU’s armed wing the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) in 2015. “Demining is for the people; we will demine near public roads and schools,” he said, adding that the Burma Army had agreed not to demine near KNLA bas...
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Immunization clinics available in 98 hospitals
Myanmar Times, 08/05/2017
Hospital-based immunization clinics have been opened in 98 hospitals, which have 100 beds or more throughout the regions and states starting in the month of May. Dr Myint Htwe, Union Minister for the Ministry of Health and Sports (MOHS) said hospital-based immunization program is one of the priorities of his ministry. Speaking at the launching ceremony of the program at Yangon Children’s Hospital on Friday (May 5), he said that “some hospitals such as this one and Yangon Central Women Hospital had been providing routine immunization programs in the past. “Now, 98 other hospitals have introduced the immunization clinics to enable people to be immunized and get vaccines.” Dr Myint Htwe said that the MOHS would ensure everyone gets the proper immunization protection by cooperating with regional authorities and residents, by educating parents on the benefits, and opening ...
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JMC-U Chairman urges NCA signatories to avoid engagements before Panglong Conference
Mizzima, 04/05/2017
Union-level Joint Monitoring Committee (JMC-U) Chairman Lt. Gen. Yar Pyae urged NCA signatory ethnic armed organizations not to have engagements among them because the 21st Panglong Conference was drawing close. Lt. Gen. Yar Pyae said, “If they have suspicions among them, they should be settled amicably at the grassroots level and if they cannot settle at this lower level, there should be direct negotiation between them. In this way, there will be no problems which cannot be settled.” He was speaking at the opening address of the 10th regular meeting of Union-level Joint Monitoring Committee which was held on May 3 at National Reconciliation and Peace Centre (NRPC) in Shweli Road, Yangon. “I’d like to urge our JMC members to see this as a priority during this period,” he said. He added that face-to-face negotiations could resolve suspicions among NCA signatories. ...
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Agricultural service centres to be established in 33 places within four years
The Global New Light of Myanmar, 04/05/2017
Agricultural service centres will be established in 33 sites in states and regions within four years, said an official from the Myanmar Rice Federation (MRF). The agricultural service centre will be set up with an aim to provide services to local farmers and to develop the farming sector and rice sector. “We have already requested that private companies provide loans to implement the project in 33 places”, said U Ye Min Aung, the general secretary from MRF. The agricultural service centres will distribute pedigree seeds for local farmers, build gowns for storing crops and rice drying machines in the post-harvest period, provide transplanting machines, tractors and harvesting and threshing machines, implement a contract farming system, distribute and sell fertilizer, rice milling and generations of electricity from rice husks. The agricultural service centres will be set up with...
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