The Myanmar Times
Friday, 19 December 2014
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Govt pledges closer cooperation along India’s troubled border

Efforts to tackle illegal activities – including insurgency and drug trafficking – along Myanmar’s border with India will be stepped up, Deputy Minister for Home Affairs Brigadier General Kyaw Zan Myint said last week.

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Calls grow louder for repeal of Unlawful Association Act

The Unlawful Association Act is harming public participation in the peace process because people are too scared to interact with ethnic armed groups, say ethnic leaders and activists who are calling for it to be repealed.

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Dolphin tourism sets a new course

Irrawaddy dolphin tourism is set for a revival, with authorities offering a three-day course in freshwater dolphin behaviour and conservation, including a one-night field observation trip.

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More blocks hit streets as YCDC marks bus lanes

Concrete blocks were laid out at regular intervals on one of Yangon’s main roads last week by the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) to beef up newly marked bus lanes.

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Women of Faith Network launched

The Myanmar branch of the Women of Faith Network was launched last week, bringing together Buddhist, Christian, Hindu and Muslim women who want to promote religious cooperation, build peace and end poverty.

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De-mining delayed until peace agreed

The process of clearing landmines from Myanmar has been delayed by the ongoing political crisis between the government and ethnic armed groups, President’s Office Minister U Aung Min said on November 30.

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Six-party talks could lead to political deal, Daw Suu Kyi says

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi says she is hopeful for a “good result” from proposed six-way talks between national political leaders, despite a government spokesperson declaring such a meeting “impractical”.

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President signs off on religious bills

Four controversial “protection of religion” bills were forwarded to parliament at the end of November, the President’s Office announced last week.

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‘Ancestral’ lands to be protected under draft policy

Unregistered ancestral lands and those under shifting cultivation will be registered and protected from confiscation under under a draft land use policy, a change land rights groups say would be a major step forward for tenure security.

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Norway FM reaffirms peace support

Norway's foreign minister pledged further support for Myanmar’s peace process in a meeting with government and ethnic armed group leaders last week despite recent violence in Kachin State that has threatened to derail ceasefire negotiations.

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