Hydropower commission tipped to advise nixing Myitsone: members

Fifteen days until it must submit an initial report on whether several hydropower dams along the Ayeyarwady River should go forward, the commission for reviewing and scrutinising those projects is leaning toward recommending the most controversial of the bunch, the Myitsone mega-dam, be scrapped.

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Russia, Myanmar launch working body for nuclear tech cooperation

Russia and Myanmar this week established a working body for nuclear technology cooperation, according to officials.

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FBI conducts police training in Myanmar

Criminals beware – the US Federal Bureau of Investigation has come to Myanmar to train and support the country’s law enforcement officials.

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Blanket denials of Rakhine abuses threaten Myanmar’s moves to democracy

Hopes for democracy in Myanmar are this week at their most vulnerable point since the National League for Democracy swept to electoral victory last year, as the military continues to ignore Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s calls for it to abide by the rule of law in northern Rakhine State and allegations of rights violations grow.

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Why didn’t they intervene? Witness tells court neighbourhood knew about child abuse

For years he heard their screams and saw them emerge from the house cut, bruised, beaten.

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Politicians to appeal for all-inclusive political dialogues

Ethnic politicians are preparing to turn up the heat on the government and press for the inclusion of non-signatory groups to be able to attend upcoming political dialogues. The Tatmadaw has made signing on to the nationwide ceasefire agreement a precondition, but just eight groups are party to the pact.

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Some fears but most in favour of downtown-to-Dala bridge

At a recent meeting, most Lanmadaw and Dala township residents in attendance said they were happy about the bridge slated to connect the two communities. But a handful on both sides of the Yangon River expressed concerns over the construction process.

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Gems traders in Mandalay to protest decline in jade market

Gems traders in Mandalay plan to hold a protest tomorrow, calling on the government to take action to bolster the region’s slumping jade market.

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Local farmland committees formed to slice backlog

In a bid to address the enormous and still mounting backlog of land grab claims, local-level committees are being formed across Myanmar in order to analyse and resolve the disputes.

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Officials to sue migrant rights activist for defamation

After being hit with a lawsuit, officials from the Myanmar Overseas Employment Agencies Federation plan to launch a countersuit on the basis of criminal defamation.

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