“We will not stop clearance operations. There will be regular security operations. Ceasing military operations [in northern Arakan State] is information I am not aware of,” Gen. Aung Ye Win—the spokesperson of the military—The Irrawaddy.

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Have Burma Army Operations in Northern Arakan State Really Ended?

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The 9th Solo Show of Bagyi Lynn Wunna

VENUE: Ahla Thit Gallery, No. 17 University Avenue Rd., Bahan Tsp

WHEN: Feb 24- 28
The Yoma Central mixed-use hotel and development space on Rangoon’s Bogyoke Aung San Road “will no doubt play a pivotal role in the city transformation into an international city,” said Serge Pun, executive chairman of Yoma Strategic and FMI.

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Business Roundup (February 25)

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This week, we discuss and analyze official statements regarding the assassination of lawyer U Ko Ni, which have attracted public attention.

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Dateline Irrawaddy: ‘The Government Deliberately Imposed a News Blackout so People Could Not Make Heads or Tails of What Was Happening’

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LIVE: The first official press conference on U Ko Ni's assassination
“They made the correction that I did not attend the meeting, but the newspaper did not make any correction to that defamatory term of ‘Kjat Hla Shwe,’” U Hla Shwe told The Irrawaddy.

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Former Student Activist Calls Out State Media for Use of Demeaning Name

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“Many international investors already contacted to us about making investments here. But the investors could build factories after Zone B’s construction is complete,” said U Set Aung, member of Thilawa SEZ’s management committee.

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Thilawa SEZ Commences Second Phase of Project

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“It is unacceptable that armed men [police] were raided by those wielding knives. They were punished because of their negligence in security,” lawmaker U Nay Myo Tun, who represents Htantabin Township in the Lower House.

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Govt Jails Maungdaw Border Guard Police for Negligence

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New research by the Ethnic Nationalities Affairs Center describes how natural resource revenue could be shared between Burma’s central and state governments.

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New Report Outlines Potential Framework for Resource Revenue Sharing

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“We have heard there are more inconveniences and difficulties for the public in commuting on the YBS system than on the previous Ma Hta Tha system,” USDP spokesperson Dr. Nanda Hla Myint said at the forum.

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USDP Urges Fixes to the Rangoon Bus Network

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A highlight of this year’s program is La Casa, which brings contemporary art into the city’s usually closed heritage homes.

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Yangon Art Heritage Festival Kicks Off

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A highlight of this year’s program is La Casa, which brings contemporary art into the city’s usually closed heritage homes.

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Yangon Art Heritage Festival Kicks Off

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The State Counselor highlighted that “the government is making efforts for inclusiveness in the country’s peace process.”

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Joint Coordinating Body Approves Peace Process Budget Proposals

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Dozens of people, including Buddhist nationalist monks, protested outside the Thai embassy today in Rangoon condemning action by the Thai military for a raid on the Dhammakaya Temple in Pathum Thani, north of Bangkok. The Thai police accused Phra Dhammachayo, an abbot at the temple, of accepting US$40 million stolen from a credit union.
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A worshiper walked on fire in observance of the Theemithi Festival at a Hindu temple in Rangoon's Tamwe Township on Sunday. (Photo: Naing Lin Soe / The Irrawaddy)
“I heard that cocaine was seized from the industrial zone, but I still don’t know the name of the company,” said lawmaker U Yan Aung Min, who represents Shwepyithar Township in the Rangoon divisional parliament.

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Police Seize 450 Kilos of Cocaine From Shipping Containers

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Burma’s oceans cover some 486,000 square kilometers, most of which is currently unprotected, and provide habitats for species such as the finless porpoise, several species of sea turtle, and the dugong (a relative of the manatee).

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Govt Announces Plan to Protect Burma’s Oceans

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Burma’s Union Parliament will discuss the bill proposed to protect citizens’ privacy, security and freedom from state surveillance and intrusion in early March, as the imprisonment terms for violating the bill’s provisions received disagreement from the upper and lower chambers.

The bill was submitted to Parliament in September, prohibiting unwarranted household arrests and inspections, and...
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Any hopes for achieving internal peace, establishing rule of law, or amending the 2008 Constitution—all issues that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has spoken loudly about—are quickly fading, said SSPP delegates.
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UWSP Slams the Government Peace Process at Ethnic Summit

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“The problem with adults is that they think they have learned enough. But education is a lifelong process and they should be learning as long as they live,” said State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.
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Burma’s National Education Plan Focuses on Lifelong Learning

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