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Government will open more border trade offices

Two more Indo-Burmese border trade offices will be opened near the town of Paletwa in Chin State in order to boost the border trade and facilitate the inspection of goods moving between the two countries, according to the state-run New Light of Myanmar newspaper.

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Proportional representation opens door to extremists, says Tatmadaw MP

A commission to choose an appropriate electoral system was formed and a Tatmadaw MP warned that the introduction of proportional representation could lead to extremists and terrorists becoming MPsduring debate in the Pyithu Hluttaw on July 29.

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Changes proposed at Ministries of Health and Information

The Minter of Information resigned while the tension between Media and President grows.

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Government must accept equality within a federal framework, says NCCT leader

Unless the government accepts the rights of equality and self-administration of ethnic groups within a federal union, then the country will continue to suffer political turmoil, said Nai Han Thar, vice chairman of the Nationwide Ceasefire Co-ordination Team, on July 29.

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Forum Highlights the Lack of Cooperation between State Gov’t and Civil Society

There is a significant lack of cooperation between the Mon State government and civil society organizations, according to an analysis presented by Mon State Hluttaw (parliament) representatives and civil society leaders on the final day of the Mon State Civil Society Forum.

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Big fish gets away in Burma’s biggest drug bust of the year

Yesterday, Burmese authorities in Tachileik seized a Toyota Vigo hauling an estimated $ 2.2 billion worth of heroin blocks and took two suspects associated with the drugs into custody, but the man believed to be the real culprit was set free, said a Burmese military source this morning.

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Burma’s Reforms Undermined by “Political Repression, Cronyism and Ongoing Conflicts,” says New Report

Burma’s much lauded reforms, including the release of opposition politician Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, are being undermined by a crackdown on newly gained press freedoms, civil war, anti-Muslim violence and corruption, a report by the New York based International Center for Transitional Justice has warned.

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Drugs as common as roasted pea-snacks, says Amyotha speaker

The speaker of the Amyotha Hluttaw told a session of parliament on July 28 that the President must redouble his efforts in tackling the nations’ growing problem with drugs.

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UN, Chinese officials offer to help with ceasefire negotiations

Senior officials from the United Nations and China have told armed ethnic groups meeting at Laiza in Kachin State that they are ready to assist in efforts to ensure the success of negotiations for a nationwide ceasefire.

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Parliamentary debate heats up on proportional representation

During a debate on proportional representation, parliamentary speaker Thura U Shwe Mann warned a National League for Democracy MP to mind his own business and a military MP supported a move he believed would increase the accountability of governance.

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Chin Activists Convicted under Controversial Assembly Laws

In a decision criticized by human rights groups, eight ethnic Chin activists were convicted under Burma’s controversial Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Procession Act on Wednesday 23 July.

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