Monday, April 29, 2013

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Use Controversial Citizenship Law to Asses Rohingya’s Rights: Govt Report

A government report on sectarian violence recommends strengthening security forces in Arakan State and using a controversial 1982 law to assess the Rohingyas’ citizenship rights. Read More


Arakan Report Angers Rohingya Leaders

Leaders of Arakan State’s Rohingya minority say the findings of an inquiry into last year’s violence in the state are “biased and incomplete.” Read More


Letpadaung Outrage Grows in Northwest Burma and Rangoon

Hundreds march in demonstration against the controversial copper mine project, five months after a brutal crackdown on protesters near the mine left dozens injured. Read More


Ethnic Media Calls for Inclusive Talks on New Media Law

Ethnic minority media wants to participate in Burma’s quasi-governmental Press Council to draft a new media law when the Burmese parliament returns from recess. Read More


Workers’ Rights Improving, but Problems Remain

A year after the enactment of Burma’s labor organization and freedom of association laws, workers’ rights activists say more must be done in practice. Read More


New Numerology of Hate Grows in Burma

The Buddhist monk Wirathu is the figurehead of a virulent strain of religious nationalism being spread by some in Burma. Read More


Maverick Operator Digicel Takes On the Big Boys in Myanmar

Cellular operator Digicel Group jumped into Burma early and big, hiring staff, funding local sports and negotiating land deals for thousands of cell tower sites. Read More


Aussino Plunges after Singapore Bourse Rejects Deal with Burma-Linked Firm

Aussino Group shares plunge after the Singapore Exchange rejects its application for a reverse takeover deal with a company linked to a blacklisted Burma tycoon. Read More


Collapsed Factory’s Owner Is at Nexus of Bangladesh Politics, Business

For years, Rana Plaza owner Mohammed Sohel Rana sat at the nexus of party politics and Bangladesh’s powerful $20 billion garment. Read More


Pyongyang Glitters, but Rest of North Korea Still Dark

A year after Kim Jong-un promised to end the “era of belt-tightening” in North Korea, the gap between the haves and have-nots has only grown. Read More


IMF Flags Risk of ‘Middle-Income Trap’ in Emerging Asia

Middle-income Asian economies enjoy better growth prospects than countries in other parts of the world but have room to improve, the IMF said on Monday. Read More


Burma’s Shame: Why the ICG’s Peace Award for Thein Sein Is Unconscionable

The International Crisis Group’s peace award for President Thein Sein has endorsed a military-controlled government which is allegedly responsible for crimes against humanity and genocide. Read More


Former US Diplomat Arrives in Burma to Seek Business Contract

Kurt Campbell, a former top US diplomat who until recently dealt with Burma, arrived in Naypyidaw on Friday to lobby for a huge contract to overhaul Rangoon’s international airport, the state-run New Light of Myanmar reports. He was welcomed by Burmese Vice-President Nyan Tun and several deputy ministers. Campbell, the former deputy assistant secretary of [...] Read More


Shwe Mann, in S Korea for State Visit, Meets President

Burma’s Lower House Speaker Shwe Mann met his South Korean counterpart, Korean National Assembly Speaker Kang Chang-hee, and South Korean President Park Geum Hye last week, the state-run New Light of Myanmar reports. Shwe Mann, who was a leading member of Burma’s former junta, headed the delegation, which penned a bilateral agreement and discussed Korean [...] Read More


Ruling Party MP’s Citizenship under Scrutiny

The citizenship of Shwe Maung, an elected MP from the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party for Buthidaung Township in Arakan State, is under investigation following a complaint that he is not a Burmese national. According to a report by Eleven Media, Immigration and Population Minister Khin Yi confirmed last week during a trip to [...] Read More


More Refugees Get a Chance to Resettle in Japan

The Japanese government is preparing to accept more refugees from Burma, the Karen Information Center (KIC) reports. According to the KIC, Japanese officials will travel to the Mae La Oo and Mae Ra Mo refugee camps in Thailand’s Mae Hong Son Province from Monday to discuss the resettlement program with refugees and camp authorities. Japan [...] Read More


4 Killed as Bridge Collapses in Central Thailand

Police said at least four people were killed when a small bridge collapsed near Thailand’s ancient capital of Ayutthaya. Several motorcycle drivers and their vehicles fell into the Pasak River on Sunday while they were crossing the suspension bridge in Ayutthaya Province’s Tha Ruea District. Four bodies were found under the rubble, while 12 people [...] Read More


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