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Anti-Corruption Commission Asked to Probe Kachin State Highway Project

Lawyer alleges 11-billion-kyat improvement project was never approved by regional parliament The post Anti-Corruption Commission Asked to Probe Kachin State Highway Project appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Anti-Corruption Commission Asked to Probe Kachin State Highway Project

Lawyer alleges 11-billion-kyat improvement project was never approved by regional parliament The post Anti-Corruption Commission Asked to Probe Kachin State Highway Project appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Analysis: Yangon Public Losing Patience With Mercurial Chief Minister

Backlash against city government’s targeting of Eleven Media is latest blow to once-popular U Phyo Min Thein’s support. The post Analysis: Yangon Public Losing Patience With Mercurial Chief Minister appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Analysis: Yangon Public Losing Patience With Mercurial Chief Minister

Backlash against city government’s targeting of Eleven Media is latest blow to once-popular U Phyo Min Thein’s support. The post Analysis: Yangon Public Losing Patience With Mercurial Chief Minister appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Military Returns Land It Seized in Rakhine State

Farmers will have to take time to reestablish their farmland as the military had been using the land for fish and prawn breeding. The post Military Returns Land It Seized in Rakhine State appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Military Returns Land It Seized in Rakhine State

Farmers will have to take time to reestablish their farmland as the military had been using the land for fish and prawn breeding. The post Military Returns Land It Seized in Rakhine State appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Ta’ang Armed Group Says Shan Woman it Detained in August Freed

The TNLA abducted Nang Mo Hom from her home on Aug. 17 for allegedly informing on its fighters and sentenced her in its own court to three years in jail. The post Ta’ang Armed Group Says Shan Woman it Detained in August Freed appeared first on The Irraw
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Ta’ang Armed Group Says Shan Woman it Detained in August Freed

The TNLA abducted Nang Mo Hom from her home on Aug. 17 for allegedly informing on its fighters and sentenced her in its own court to three years in jail. The post Ta’ang Armed Group Says Shan Woman it Detained in August Freed appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Death of the Controversial Myaing Gyi Ngu Monk

U Thuzana inspired the Buddhist DKBA’s split from the Christian KNU and inflamed religious tensions by building pagodas in the compounds of Muslim and Christian places of worship. The post Death of the Controversial Myaing Gyi Ngu Monk appeared first on Th
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Death of the Controversial Myaing Gyi Ngu Monk

U Thuzana inspired the Buddhist DKBA’s split from the Christian KNU and inflamed religious tensions by building pagodas in the compounds of Muslim and Christian places of worship. The post Death of the Controversial Myaing Gyi Ngu Monk appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Military Chief Says National Peace Deal Must Guarantee ‘Non-Separation’

Snr. Gen. Min Aung Hlaing insisted that any future deal must preclude secession during a summit with armed groups aimed at reviving the country's stalled peace process. The post Military Chief Says National Peace Deal Must Guarantee ‘Non-Separation̵
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Military Chief Says National Peace Deal Must Guarantee ‘Non-Separation’

Snr. Gen. Min Aung Hlaing insisted that any future deal must preclude secession during a summit with armed groups aimed at reviving the country's stalled peace process. The post Military Chief Says National Peace Deal Must Guarantee ‘Non-Separation’ appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Anti-Corruption Commission to Review Complaint Calling for Investigation of Losses of Public Funds

The complaint was filed on the Yangon auditor general’s report of losses billions of kyats of public funds due to the government’s mismanagement in leasing state-owned property. The post Anti-Corruption Commission to Review Complaint Calling for Investiga
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Anti-Corruption Commission to Review Complaint Calling for Investigation of Losses of Public Funds

The complaint was filed on the Yangon auditor general’s report of losses billions of kyats of public funds due to the government’s mismanagement in leasing state-owned property. The post Anti-Corruption Commission to Review Complaint Calling for Investigation of Losses of Public Funds appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

At IMF Meetings, China’s Globalization Agenda Left Behind in Trade Debate

«I think there is a broad view growing in the West that China has in some ways taken advantage of the system,» said Charles Dallara. The post At IMF Meetings, China’s Globalization Agenda Left Behind in Trade Debate appeared first on The
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At IMF Meetings, China’s Globalization Agenda Left Behind in Trade Debate

«I think there is a broad view growing in the West that China has in some ways taken advantage of the system,» said Charles Dallara. The post At IMF Meetings, China’s Globalization Agenda Left Behind in Trade Debate appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Myanmar Nationalist Monk Condemns Foreign Intervention, Says He Will ‘Take Up Arms’

Firebrand monk says he will take up arms if Myanmar’s military leadership is charged at the International Criminal Court. The post Myanmar Nationalist Monk Condemns Foreign Intervention, Says He Will ‘Take Up Arms’ appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Myanmar Nationalist Monk Condemns Foreign Intervention, Says He Will ‘Take Up Arms’

Firebrand monk says he will take up arms if Myanmar’s military leadership is charged at the International Criminal Court. The post Myanmar Nationalist Monk Condemns Foreign Intervention, Says He Will ‘Take Up Arms’ appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Indian Minister Calls Allegations of Sexual Misconduct Against Him ‘Baseless’

Indian minister M.J. Akbar described multiple allegations of sexual harassment against him as "wild and baseless.” The post Indian Minister Calls Allegations of Sexual Misconduct Against Him ‘Baseless’ appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Indian Minister Calls Allegations of Sexual Misconduct Against Him ‘Baseless’

Indian minister M.J. Akbar described multiple allegations of sexual harassment against him as "wild and baseless.” The post Indian Minister Calls Allegations of Sexual Misconduct Against Him ‘Baseless’ appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Full Steam Ahead: India’s First Women-Run Train Station Blazes a Trail

These trailblazers are upending sexist views and providing hope in a country where women are slowly vanishing from the workplace. The post Full Steam Ahead: India’s First Women-Run Train Station Blazes a Trail appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Full Steam Ahead: India’s First Women-Run Train Station Blazes a Trail

These trailblazers are upending sexist views and providing hope in a country where women are slowly vanishing from the workplace. The post Full Steam Ahead: India’s First Women-Run Train Station Blazes a Trail appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Yangon’s Rich Diversity in Seven Delicious Dishes

Nowhere is Myanmar’s diversity more evident than in the commercial capital Yangon, the country’s melting pot of cultures and flavors. The post Yangon’s Rich Diversity in Seven Delicious Dishes appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Yangon’s Rich Diversity in Seven Delicious Dishes

Nowhere is Myanmar’s diversity more evident than in the commercial capital Yangon, the country’s melting pot of cultures and flavors. The post Yangon’s Rich Diversity in Seven Delicious Dishes appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Pros and Cons of the NLD’s New ‘Look East’ Policy

As Western countries remove support and loosen economic ties with Myanmar, the government appears to be siding up to its eastern allies. Is this a good or bad idea? The post Pros and Cons of the NLD’s New ‘Look East’ Policy appeared first on The Irrawad
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Pros and Cons of the NLD’s New ‘Look East’ Policy

As Western countries remove support and loosen economic ties with Myanmar, the government appears to be siding up to its eastern allies. Is this a good or bad idea? The post Pros and Cons of the NLD’s New ‘Look East’ Policy appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Suu Kyi Commits to Japan’s ‘Tokyo Strategy 2018’ Development Plan

Tokyo looking to provide counterweight to Chinese influence in Mekong region The post Suu Kyi Commits to Japan’s ‘Tokyo Strategy 2018’ Development Plan appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Suu Kyi Commits to Japan’s ‘Tokyo Strategy 2018’ Development Plan

Tokyo looking to provide counterweight to Chinese influence in Mekong region The post Suu Kyi Commits to Japan’s ‘Tokyo Strategy 2018’ Development Plan appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Rohingya Repatriation ‘Likely’ to Start After Next Meeting with Bangladesh: Minister

Myanmar will likely begin repatriating the first group of Rohingya refugees after it attends the next meeting of the JWG with Bangladesh this month, Minister U Win Myat Aye said. The post Rohingya Repatriation ‘Likely’ to Start After Next Meeting
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Rohingya Repatriation ‘Likely’ to Start After Next Meeting with Bangladesh: Minister

Myanmar will likely begin repatriating the first group of Rohingya refugees after it attends the next meeting of the JWG with Bangladesh this month, Minister U Win Myat Aye said. The post Rohingya Repatriation ‘Likely’ to Start After Next Meeting with Bangladesh: Minister appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Death of a Traditional Way of Life: Central Myanmar’s Toddy Palm Tree Climbers

Because of the health risks and high-labor low-income nature of the work, the youth of central Myanmar are discontinuing the traditional occupation of their ancestors. The post Death of a Traditional Way of Life: Central Myanmar’s Toddy Palm Tree Climbers a
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Death of a Traditional Way of Life: Central Myanmar’s Toddy Palm Tree Climbers

Because of the health risks and high-labor low-income nature of the work, the youth of central Myanmar are discontinuing the traditional occupation of their ancestors. The post Death of a Traditional Way of Life: Central Myanmar’s Toddy Palm Tree Climbers appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

One Thousand Villagers, Lawmakers Demand Halt to Upper Yeywa Dam in Northern Shan

Hsipaw Township residents want project paused until proper impact assessment can be done The post One Thousand Villagers, Lawmakers Demand Halt to Upper Yeywa Dam in Northern Shan appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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One Thousand Villagers, Lawmakers Demand Halt to Upper Yeywa Dam in Northern Shan

Hsipaw Township residents want project paused until proper impact assessment can be done The post One Thousand Villagers, Lawmakers Demand Halt to Upper Yeywa Dam in Northern Shan appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

USDP Criticizes NLD Success to Date

The Union Solidarity and Development Party says the National League for Democracy government has not achieved any notable success two and half years into its administration. The post USDP Criticizes NLD Success to Date appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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USDP Criticizes NLD Success to Date

The Union Solidarity and Development Party says the National League for Democracy government has not achieved any notable success two and half years into its administration. The post USDP Criticizes NLD Success to Date appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Gov’t Unwilling to Intervene as Fuel Oil Prices Rise

Kyat’s fall against the Singapore dollar is driving the price rise, ministry says The post Gov’t Unwilling to Intervene as Fuel Oil Prices Rise appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Gov’t Unwilling to Intervene as Fuel Oil Prices Rise

Kyat’s fall against the Singapore dollar is driving the price rise, ministry says The post Gov’t Unwilling to Intervene as Fuel Oil Prices Rise appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Lahu Baptist Group Says Leaders Detained by Wa Rebels in Shan State Released

The Lahu Baptist Convention said the United Wa State Army has freed 92 of its leaders, days after a Kachin Baptist group reported the release of dozens of its own members. The post Lahu Baptist Group Says Leaders Detained by Wa Rebels in Shan State Released a
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Lahu Baptist Group Says Leaders Detained by Wa Rebels in Shan State Released

The Lahu Baptist Convention said the United Wa State Army has freed 92 of its leaders, days after a Kachin Baptist group reported the release of dozens of its own members. The post Lahu Baptist Group Says Leaders Detained by Wa Rebels in Shan State Released appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Malaysia to Abolish Colonial-Era Sedition Act, Death Penalty

Malaysia's cabinet has ordered the suspension of the colonial-era Sedition Act, widely used to rein in dissent, and is working on doing the same for the death penalty. The post Malaysia to Abolish Colonial-Era Sedition Act, Death Penalty appeared first on Th
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Malaysia to Abolish Colonial-Era Sedition Act, Death Penalty

Malaysia's cabinet has ordered the suspension of the colonial-era Sedition Act, widely used to rein in dissent, and is working on doing the same for the death penalty. The post Malaysia to Abolish Colonial-Era Sedition Act, Death Penalty appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Cyclone Kills Five in Eastern India, Leaves Thousands Without Power

A cyclone slammed into India's eastern seaboard, killing at least five people, destroying huts, uprooting trees, and snapping telephone poles and power lines. The post Cyclone Kills Five in Eastern India, Leaves Thousands Without Power appeared first on Th
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Cyclone Kills Five in Eastern India, Leaves Thousands Without Power

A cyclone slammed into India's eastern seaboard, killing at least five people, destroying huts, uprooting trees, and snapping telephone poles and power lines. The post Cyclone Kills Five in Eastern India, Leaves Thousands Without Power appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Defying China, Malaysia Releases Uighur Detainees

The move is likely to strain ties with China, already tested since Mahathir Mohamad became premier in May and nixed over $20 billion in projects awarded to Chinese companies. The post Defying China, Malaysia Releases Uighur Detainees appeared first on The Irr
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Defying China, Malaysia Releases Uighur Detainees

The move is likely to strain ties with China, already tested since Mahathir Mohamad became premier in May and nixed over $20 billion in projects awarded to Chinese companies. The post Defying China, Malaysia Releases Uighur Detainees appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Three Arakanese Youth Activists Held in Rakhine

The youths are being held on suspicion of the murder of a military intelligence officer who was shot in Sittwe in late September. The post Three Arakanese Youth Activists Held in Rakhine appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Three Arakanese Youth Activists Held in Rakhine

The youths are being held on suspicion of the murder of a military intelligence officer who was shot in Sittwe in late September. The post Three Arakanese Youth Activists Held in Rakhine appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Armed Groups Agree to Join Peace Summit

The groups agreed to join Monday's summit with the state counselor and military chief after convincing them to move the venue to the capital. The post Armed Groups Agree to Join Peace Summit appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Armed Groups Agree to Join Peace Summit

The groups agreed to join Monday's summit with the state counselor and military chief after convincing them to move the venue to the capital. The post Armed Groups Agree to Join Peace Summit appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Visit one of Myanmar’s Idyllic Seaside Getaways this Beach Season

Grab your trunks and book a room at one of the country’s tranquil beachfront resorts The post Visit one of Myanmar’s Idyllic Seaside Getaways this Beach Season appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Visit one of Myanmar’s Idyllic Seaside Getaways this Beach Season

Grab your trunks and book a room at one of the country’s tranquil beachfront resorts The post Visit one of Myanmar’s Idyllic Seaside Getaways this Beach Season appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Naypyitaw Govt Resumes Stalled Probe of Land Allegedly Owned By U Thein Sein

The Naypyitaw Council has restarted an investigation of land where the ex-president is accused of having acquired property without going through proper channels. The post Naypyitaw Govt Resumes Stalled Probe of Land Allegedly Owned By U Thein Sein appeared fi
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Naypyitaw Govt Resumes Stalled Probe of Land Allegedly Owned By U Thein Sein

The Naypyitaw Council has restarted an investigation of land where the ex-president is accused of having acquired property without going through proper channels. The post Naypyitaw Govt Resumes Stalled Probe of Land Allegedly Owned By U Thein Sein appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Myanmar Launches First Inquiry into Agricultural Chemicals and Their Effects

In this first investigation of its kind in Myanmar, information on harmful chemicals used in agriculture and their effects on farmers, workers and consumers will be compiled. The post Myanmar Launches First Inquiry into Agricultural Chemicals and Their Effect
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Myanmar Launches First Inquiry into Agricultural Chemicals and Their Effects

In this first investigation of its kind in Myanmar, information on harmful chemicals used in agriculture and their effects on farmers, workers and consumers will be compiled. The post Myanmar Launches First Inquiry into Agricultural Chemicals and Their Effects appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

What Yangon Lawmakers Say About the City’s Crime Wave

Many tie the commercial capital’s increasing lawlessness to high unemployment, cheap drugs and under-resourced police The post What Yangon Lawmakers Say About the City’s Crime Wave appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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What Yangon Lawmakers Say About the City’s Crime Wave

Many tie the commercial capital’s increasing lawlessness to high unemployment, cheap drugs and under-resourced police The post What Yangon Lawmakers Say About the City’s Crime Wave appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Dishonoring Gov’t, Causing Public Distrust Motives for Eleven Media Group Lawsuit

The Yangon government has announced that an article published by Eleven Media included false information which dishonored and caused public distrust the regional government. The post Dishonoring Gov’t, Causing Public Distrust Motives for Eleven Media Group
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Dishonoring Gov’t, Causing Public Distrust Motives for Eleven Media Group Lawsuit

The Yangon government has announced that an article published by Eleven Media included false information which dishonored and caused public distrust the regional government. The post Dishonoring Gov’t, Causing Public Distrust Motives for Eleven Media Group Lawsuit appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Indian Employers Under Pressure to Respond to Surge in #MeToo Allegations

A growing number of women in India are speaking out about sexual harassment they have experienced from powerful and famous men in politics and the entertainment industry. The post Indian Employers Under Pressure to Respond to Surge in #MeToo Allegations appea
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Indian Employers Under Pressure to Respond to Surge in #MeToo Allegations

A growing number of women in India are speaking out about sexual harassment they have experienced from powerful and famous men in politics and the entertainment industry. The post Indian Employers Under Pressure to Respond to Surge in #MeToo Allegations appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Abandoned by Banks, Indonesia’s Poor Farmers Turn to Crowdfunding

Most farmers in the region face an uphill battle to access credit, leaving them unable to modernize, boost yields, diversify or stay afloat when hit by extreme weather. The post Abandoned by Banks, Indonesia’s Poor Farmers Turn to Crowdfunding appeared
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Abandoned by Banks, Indonesia’s Poor Farmers Turn to Crowdfunding

Most farmers in the region face an uphill battle to access credit, leaving them unable to modernize, boost yields, diversify or stay afloat when hit by extreme weather. The post Abandoned by Banks, Indonesia’s Poor Farmers Turn to Crowdfunding appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Did Kerala’s Dams Exacerbate India’s Once-in-Century Floods?

Some half a dozen experts were divided on the extent to which dam water spills contributed to flooding, but almost all said reservoir levels were too high ahead of the disaster. The post Did Kerala’s Dams Exacerbate India’s Once-in-Century Floods
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Did Kerala’s Dams Exacerbate India’s Once-in-Century Floods?

Some half a dozen experts were divided on the extent to which dam water spills contributed to flooding, but almost all said reservoir levels were too high ahead of the disaster. The post Did Kerala’s Dams Exacerbate India’s Once-in-Century Floods? appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

US Says China Spy Charged with Trying to Steal Aviation Secrets

The charges come as Washington increases pressure on Beijing over its trade policies and alleged theft of US intellectual property. The post US Says China Spy Charged with Trying to Steal Aviation Secrets appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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US Says China Spy Charged with Trying to Steal Aviation Secrets

The charges come as Washington increases pressure on Beijing over its trade policies and alleged theft of US intellectual property. The post US Says China Spy Charged with Trying to Steal Aviation Secrets appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Mrauk-U Youths Released on Bail

The eight youths, who were released and then re-arrested on the same day in September, have been released on bail with the courts saying further charges against them remain. The post Mrauk-U Youths Released on Bail appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Mrauk-U Youths Released on Bail

The eight youths, who were released and then re-arrested on the same day in September, have been released on bail with the courts saying further charges against them remain. The post Mrauk-U Youths Released on Bail appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

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