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Twenty Acres of Poppy Fields Destroyed in Karenni State

Twenty acres of poppy fields grown by local people near the Soung-Du village, Lo-Bar-Kho Village Tract in Demawso township, Karenni state were destroyed by government officers and local prominent people on 23rd October.

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Parliament Proposes Opening Youth Drug Rehabilitation Centres

A proposal to open youth drug rehabilitation centres was submitted to the national parliament by U Phay Thaung, a member of parliament for constituency No.6, in Kachin State on 22nd October

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Dawei Residents' Losses Are a Problem for Myanmar, Not Thailand

The Thai Human Rights Commission claims the Italian-Thai Development Company and the Thai authorities have washed their hands over any loss suffered by local Dawei people caused by the Dawei Special Economic Zone project claiming responsibility now lies with the Myanmar government, according to an NGO spokesperson.

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Amnesty International Calls on UN to Act on Myanmar's 'Backtracking'

Amnesty International is calling on the United Nations General Assembly to adopt a resolution on the country which addresses the government’s “backtracking on human rights” in light of a report by UN Special Rapporteur Ms Yanghee Lee.

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Over 120 Organizations Call for Probe into Disappearance of Sumlut Roi Ja

A total of 123 local and international NGOs have called on the Myanmar government to investigate the “enforced disappearance of Sumlut Roi Ja,” an ethnic Kachin woman who disappeared three years ago.

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International Assistance May Depend on Ceasefire Agreement: Lamai Gun Ja

International funding for troubled ethnic areas may depend on whether a ceasefire agreement has been signed, according to Lamai Gun Ja, spokesperson for the Peace-Talk Creation Group.

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Rising from the Ashes

For years Pearl Condominium, a complex of four high-rise buildings towering over one of Yangon’s busiest roads, was shunned by prospective commercial tenants. Demand was low in the sanction years, so it didn’t make sense for its owner, Asia Express, to invest in improvements.

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Myanmar Migrants Face Registration Hurdle in Thailand

A large number of legal migrant workers in Thailand who are about to complete four-year employment contracts are opting to go through a fresh nationality verification process alongside illegal migrants to extend their employment, even though the practice could cost them their social security benefits, reports the Bangkok Post.

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The Bloc in the System: Military MPs and Their Role in Parliament

Every morning, before the start of the day’s parliamentary session, military representatives arrive at the Hluttaw in Nay Pyi Taw in buses. One after another they alight from the buses, their uniforms perfectly pressed and hair neatly groomed, army briefcases bulging with documents under their arms. These members of parliament are ready for another day on a job for which they did not enlist.

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Colgate Grabs Laser in Big Toothpaste Deal

In what is being heralded as one of the biggest foreign company acquisitions in Myanmar, Colgate-Palmolive has stepped in to snap up Laser Brand Toothpaste for a rumoured US$100 million, according to a media report.

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Thailand to 'Allow' Second DNA Test for British Murder Accused

Bangkok (AFP) - Thailand's premier said on October 29 that police will allow two Myanmar men accused of killing a pair of British tourists on a Thai island to have another DNA test, as questions mount over the murder probe.

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