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Block admin officer extorts money for registering babies on Ronhingya family lists

Maungdaw, Arakan State: On August 30th, the #2 block administration officer in Maungdaw, Yousuf, extorted money from villagers in order to enter new-born babies on their family lists under the “population data collection program,” said Ashique, an elder from the village.

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Security forces kill one and injure several others for refusing to provide population data in Maungdaw

Maungdaw, Arakan State: A mixed group of Burmese security forces—including personnel from the Burmese border guard; police, and military—killed one person and injured another for refusing to participate in the so-called “population data collection program” in Lound Don Village in Maungdaw north district, said Ahmed Hussion, an elder from the village.

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Shan Farmers Petition the President to Withdraw Government Soldiers from Shan State

A group of 291 Shan civilians internally displaced by war in Shan State sent a letter of appeal directly to President U Thein Sein requesting a withdrawal of Burma Army soldiers from the areas of conflict and compensation for land and possessions they had allegedly destroyed.

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Civil Society Organisation launches petition against PR

A collection of 20 civil society organisations launched a campaign on August 28 to object to the plans to use a system of proportional representation for future elections to the Amyotha Hluttaw.

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Criticism leads to a new tender process for Yangon’s new township

The tendering process for a new Yangon township, covering 30,000 acres of land located now in the townships of Seikgyikanaungto and Dalla, will be put backout to tender in a transparent manner, the Yangon regional government has announced after criticism followed its original choice of operator.

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National League for Democracy discuss media freedom with press council

Central Executive Committee members of the National League for Democracy met with the Interim Myanmar Press Council on August 28 at the Kyauktada Township offices of the political party.

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Army destroys Rohingya-owned betel farms in Maungdaw

Maungdaw, Arakan State: Burmese soldiers from Marawaddy (Sommonia Village) destroyed Rohingya-owned betel farms on August 24th in Arakan State’s Maungdaw south area, said one of the betel farmers who preferred to remain anonymous.  

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Traffic police officer extorts money from Rohingya vehicles’ owners

Maungdaw, Arakan State: Traffic police officer Aung Khin Than extorted a total of 1.2 million kyat from Rohingya-owned vehicles on August 24th, said Hamidul Rahaman, an elder from Maungdaw.
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Presidential advisor responds to Chinese report about money laundering

Huge sums of foreign cash entering Myanmar illegally could have a detrimental effect on the economy, presidential advisor Dr Aung Tun Thet told Mizzima on August 27.

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Education Ministry plans to establish 20,000 kindergartens over five years

The Ministry of Education plans to establish about 20,000 kindergartens during the five years beginning in 2015, says the head of working group appointed by the government to consider early childhood learning.

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US company to invest $480m in Myanmar's first solar energy project

An agreement to build Myanmar's first solar energy project at an estimated cost of about US$480 million has been signed by United-States based ACO Investment Group and the Ministry of Electric Power, US Trade Representative Michael Froman said in a statement.

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