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21st Century Panglong Peace Conference to be held on 24 May
Mizzima, 25/04/2017
Myanmar’s government, military, and eight signatory armed groups to the Nationwide Ceasefire Accord (NCA) agreed on Monday on eight points with their continued peace process, Xinhua reported quoting the Director-General of the Ministry of the Office of the State Counsellor’s Office U Zaw Htay. The Joint Implementation Coordination Meeting (JICM) which reviews peace activities and the second Panglong conference was held in Nay Pyi Taw on Monday, attended by State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Defense Services Vice Senior-General Soe Win, and leaders of eight signatory armed groups to the NCA. The meeting decided to hold the second meeting of the 21st Century Panglong Peace Conference in Nay Pyi Taw for five days from 24 May. According to the report, the agreed eight points included exploration of basic policy accepted by all sides and holding ...
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Myanmar to buy over 1,000 buses from China to reinforce transport strength
China Daily, 15/04/2017
YANGON -- Myanmar's Yangon regional government had entered a contract with Chinese Yutong Company for buying over 1,000 buses to supply Yangon Bus Services System, official media reported Saturday. The buses will arrive next month and run on Yangon Bus line, an official of Yangon Region Transport Authority was quoted as saying. Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein vowed that Yangon bus services system will be upgraded to meet international standard early next year. All 300 old bus lines running in Myanmar's former capital city of Yangon were abolished and replaced with up to the 79 new bus lines starting on Jan. 16 in an effort to reduce traffic jam in the city and make the bus lines systematically operational. According to the Yangon regional office, there are currently 79 bus lines operated by 3,500 buses in Yangon to transport 2.5 million people daily out of 6 mi...
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1,883 prisoners released in Myanmar to greet new year Thingyan festival
Mizzima, 13/04/2017
A total of 1,883 prisoners were released on Wednesday ahead of Myanmar’s new year water festival which is to start on Thursday, Myanmar State Counsellor’s Office announced. The 1,883 prisoners, including 233 women, were freed from prisons across the nation to enable them enjoy cut of prison terms on new year occasion. The release is the second of its kind after the National League for Democracy-led government took office. The government released 2,283 prisoners including 138 political prisoners, in same period of last year. ...
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New cyclone shelters in Kayin State
The Global New Light of Myanmar, 12/04/2017
New cyclone shelters will be built in Hlaingbwe and Hpaan townships in Kayin State, southern Myanmar, to provide protection to residents from natural disasters, according to Kayin State government. People residing in Hlaingbwe Township and Hpa-an, the capital town of the state, are vulnerable to natural disasters, including cyclones. The two towns yearly experience flooding in June, July and August due to heavy rain. The new 60x60x28-feet cyclone facility in Hlaingbwe Township is designed to accommodate more than 400 people, while another shelter in Hpa-an Township can house approximately 400 people. The National Natural Disaster Management Committee (NNDMC) allocated Ks118 million for the project to be implemented in Kamawkachu Village in Hlaingbwe Township and a further Ks116.8 million for another project on Kyain Ale Street in Ward-1 in Hpa-an Township. The groundbre...
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Former Exiled News Outlets Granted Licenses for State Media Channel
The Irrawaddy, 12/04/2017
RANGOON — two former exiled news outlets—the Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB) and Mizzima—have been selected to run their own digital channels in Burma under the state-owned Myanmar Radio and Television (MRTV). In late 2016, the Ministry of Information (MOI) put out a call to local companies interested in becoming content providers for MRTV. Out of the 42 that expressed interest, 29 submitted formal proposals, which were then shortlisted to 10. MRTV announced the five companies granted broadcasting licenses on Tuesday. These are: Young Investment Group Co., Ltd; Fortune International Co. Ltd; Kaung Myanmar Aung Co.,Ltd; DVB Multi Media Group., Ltd; and Mizzima Media Co., Ltd. The five were selected after being assessed for transparency, strong capital, a legal background history and conformance to policy guideline, the MRTV stated in the announcement. MRTV was set up in 19...
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UNICEF calls for better healthcare services in Rakhine
Myanmar Times, 11/04/2017
The UN body is hoping for progress following the report by the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State chaired by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. In an exclusive interview with The Myanmar Times on April 8, UNICEF deputy executive director Justin Forsyth shared his view on the current health and education situation in the state. “I think the most important things are health education on nutrition, investing in services for nutrition and water, and sanitation. “Those are areas where we need the most aid, and that will make a big difference,” he said. Forsyth visited Rakhine State on April 7 and 8 where he met with internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Sittwe and Pauktaw. “At the IDP camps, health facilities are quite basic,” Forsyth said. He said many parents were worried about letting their children go to school, hospitals and clinics because of security...
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Regional government spends Ks8 billion for prevention of floods
The Global New Light of Myanmar, 11/04/2017
The Yangon Region government will spend Ks8 billion for prevention of floods in the Hlaing and Ayeyawady rivers, according to an official from the Yangon Region Government. The government will conduct annual flood prevention in those rivers. Prevention has reduced the impact of floods in Hlegue township and Dagon (East) township. The government will also conduct floodprevention in Taikkyi and Hmawbe townships. The regional government has spent money in the budget to prevent the floods which communities face annually across the country. The regional government is also trying to improve the drainage system to prevent roads from flooding. Similarly, the region government spent Ks32 billion on a special project for the development of places outside the YCDC area. ...
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KNU elects 11 CEC members and department heads
Burma News International, 11/04/2017
The 11 members of the CEC are Saw Mutu Say Poe as chairperson, Padoh Saw Kwe Htoo Win as vice chairperson, Padoh Saw Ta Doh Moo as general secretary, Padoh Saw Hser Pwe as joint secretary 1, Padoh Saw Hla Tun as joint secretary 2, General Saw Jonny as commander-in-chief, Padoh Naw Dah Dah, Padoh Mann Nyein Maung, Padoh Saw Thamain Tun, Padoh Saw Roger Khin, and Major General Saw Issac Poe. Respective heads for 14 departments under the KNU have also been elected as well. The 14 departments are Organizing & Information Department, Health & Welfare Department, Education & Cultural Department, Forestry Department, Agriculture Department, Breeding & Fishery Department, Finance & Revenue Department, Justice Department, Foreign Affairs Department, Transportation & Communication Department, Interior and Religious Department, Alliance Affairs Department, Mining Department, and Defense Dep...
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Armed groups call for equality at peace summit
Myanmar Times, 11/04/2017
A meeting of all armed ethnic groups, including the signatories and non-signatories to the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA), has resulted in a statement calling for all armed ethnic organizations to have equal and dignified status in the second 21st Century Panglong Conference. The meeting was attended by 14 armed ethnic groups in Chiang Mai, Thailand over the weekend. During the meeting, participants discussed the “founding principles for building a federal union” and the “Panglong reference booklet”, two topics which were discussed by armed ethnic groups during the August 2016 summit. The groups also said in a statement released after the meeting that they would work towards the signing of the NCA by non-signatory groups, and aim to “attain dignified status” for all armed ethnic organizations at the coming second 21st Century Panglong Conference. The governm...
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Ethnic Alliance Pulls Out of Summit Due to Thingyan Holiday
The Irrawaddy, 11/04/2017
CHIANG MAI, Thailand — The ethnic alliance bloc United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) will not join the fourth summit of ethnic armed organizations, which takes place at the headquarters of the United Wa State Army (UWSA) in Panghsang this week. Burma’s largest non-state armed group, the UWSA, will host the fourth summit since November 2015 for non-signatories of the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA). UNFC vice chairman Nai Hong Sar said they could not travel to the Wa Self-Administered Zone on April 13. “We won’t be able to go if it is during the water festival [from April 13-16],” he said. “Also, we are going to have further meetings between our bloc after the holidays. ” Earlier this month, Nai Hong Sar said representatives of the UNFC would visit the Wa region to talk with the UWSA. The Wa and Mongla groups are still adamant they do not need to s...
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