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16 Rohingyas pushed back into Burma

Teknaf, Bangladesh: 16 Rohingyas were arrested by BGB (Border Guard Bangladesh) officers and sent back to Burma on September 16th, according to Hafez Mohamed Khasim from Teknaf.

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Police use foreign mobile phones to extort money from Maungdaw youths

Maungdaw, Arakan State: Police in plain clothes used a Bangladeshi mobile phone to extort money from Rohingyas on September 15th in the southern Maungdaw village of Khonzabill, said Hashim Ullah, a local elder from the local.

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UN expert blames civil society groups for Burma's census troubles

Dr. Paul Cheung, who serves as the chair of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) committee advising Burma's government on the recent census, believes that civil society and rights groups are to blame for the numerous controversies that arose during Burma's census process, the first such census in over three decades.

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Thai PM sends signals by visiting Myanmar first, says Bangkok daily

The decision by Thailand's junta leader and Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha to visit Myanmar on his first official overseas trip is significant for many reasons, says an analysis in a leading Bangkok English-language newspaper, The Nation.

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Myanmar Police Force seeks intelligence on al-Qaeda from Interpol

Myanmar Police Force has sought information from Interpol about the international terrorist group al-Qaeda following its recent threat to launch attacks in South Asia and Myanmar, Police Colonel Aung Htay Myint of the MPF's Transnational Crime Department said on September 16.

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Ministry unveils plans to open more drug treatment centres

The Ministry of Health is planning to open more centres to provide treatment and counselling for drug addicts, a senior official said on September 16.

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Myanmar joins global census of wild tiger population

Thirteen countries including Myanmar agreed on September 16 to take part in a global census of their wild tiger populations to establish how many of the critically endangered big cats there are and improve policies to protect them.

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IFC, Yoma Bank sign agreement for $5m convertible loan

The International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group, has agreed to provide Yoma Bank Ltd with a US$5 million convertible loan and help improve its risk management and corporate governance, a news release announced on September 16.

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Caution essential to avoid falling electric cables, says official

Pedestrians should exercise the same care to avoid falling electricity cables as they when crossing roads, a senior official from the Ministry of Electric Power told Mizzima on September 15.

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Ministry tightens rules for overseas job agency licences

The Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security is tightening procedures for issuing licences to job agencies that send workers overseas, says the Myanmar Overseas Employment Agencies Federation.

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Myanmar’s agriculture undermined by land grabs and development projects

Mismanagement of land ownership and ‘land grab’ issues has hampered the ability of Myanmar to feed itself, members of the agricultural community told Mizzima on September 15.

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