A constitution that legalises military coups and paves the way for fraudulent elections in Burma should not be supported, least of all by a US senator
- BRIEF – NLD sues USDP for defamation
Burma’s leading opposition party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), has announced that they will sue the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) for defamation for distributing leaflets containing personal insults about NLD party leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Chairman of the Magwe NLD chapter Ye Htut Win said that the charge against USDP-member Myint Nyein has been accepted by the township court and a hearing has been set for 1 September.
- BUSINESS – Muse economic zone to be complete by 2017
A Central Economic Zone planned for Muse, on the Burma-China border, will be complete by 2017, according to a project official. State media reported that project director Ngwe Soe said in a televised announcement on Sunday that the project will be implemented by the Shan State regional government and New Star Light Construction Co. About 18 real estate developments are planned, including housing, hotels and jade trading facilities. The zone will require more than 300 acres of land and will cost 50 billion kyat (US$50m), the report said.
- BRIEF – NLD member says farmland is not being returned to rightful owners
A Irrawaddy Division parliamentarian from the opposition NLD party – who is a member of the Land Grab Investigation Commission – said that the majority of farmland that has been returned went to tenant farmers working with officials, and not to original owners. Sein Win, who represents Maubin Township, also told DVB that the Settlement and Land Records Department is favouring awarding settlements to private companies, instead of to the original farmland owners.
- BRIEF – Two Burmese migrants murdered in south Thailand
The bodies of two Burmese brothers – Hla Thein, 25, and Aung Min Thein, 21 – have been found with knife and gunshot wounds in the southern Thai province of Phang Nga, according to migrant rights group, Foundation for Education and Development. FED’s Htoo Chit said this was the second case of Burmese migrants murdered in southern Thailand within the past four days after a 19-year-old girl was raped and murdered in Ranong. He urged the Burmese government to provide protection for migrant workers in foreign lands.
- BUSINESS – China aims to legalise Burmese rice imports
Chinese officials will enter discussions geared towards allowing the legal import of Burmese rice, according to Yu Ding Cheng, chairman of the Chamber of Commerce in Yunnan, China. Seizures of illegal rice have led to a steep decline in value. Yu Ding Cheng said that he met with Burma’s Federation of Chambers of Commerce in efforts to boost cross-border trade on 14 August. The Myanmar Rice Federation said that they do not expect to meet this year’s target of exporting two million tons of rice, as value and demand have both dropped.
- BUSINESS – Thai Oil looks to refine operations in Thanlyin
Thai Oil and PTT have submitted a proposal to Myanmar Petrochemical Enterprise to upgrade its Thanlyin refinery near Rangoon. The alliance has been on the shortlist, with the result likely to be announced in the fourth quarter. The refinery upgrade is scheduled for 2016, with initial capacity of 15,000 bpd. Burma consumes only 70,000 bpd compared with Thailand's 850,000 bpd even though the two countries are not far apart in population size.
- BRIEF – Tourists can now buy visas to Burma online
A pilot project allowing foreign tourists to apply and pay for 28-day tourist visas online has been launched by the Ministry of Immigration and Population. The ministry says it welcomes feedback ahead of a full launch on 1 September. The price for a one-month e-visa is the same as before – US$50. Applicants must pay by credit card and should receive verification within five days of applying online.
- BRIEF – Burmese military delegation visits Russia
A delegation of senior military officials has left Burma for a visit to Russia, state-run New Light of Myanmar reported on Thursday. Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Burmese military Vice Snr-Gen Soe Win, Lt-Gen Yar Pyae and other unspecified officers left Rangoon on Wednesday, upon an invitation from Alexander Fomin, head of Russia’s Federal Service for Military Technical Cooperation. The delegation will attend a weapons expo and a military sporting event, the report said.
- BRIEF – NLD sues USDP for defamation
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- 01 School in session for Mandalay street kids
- 02 Kanbalu farmers demand release of 57 jailed ‘plough protestors’
- 03 The R-word, and its ramifications
- 04 Kachin villagers get apology from Burma Army commander
- 05 We are in favour of changing Article 436, say committee members
- 01 The R-word, and its ramifications
- 02 First past the post: the responsible choice for Burma
- 03 Curfew lifted in Mandalay, but businesses still suffering
- 04 Faithful to the party: Saw Than Myint
- 05 Hearing postponed for Kanbalu farmers
- 06 Kachin villagers get apology from Burma Army commander
- 07 We are in favour of changing Article 436, say committee members
- 08 Burma must boost SMEs
- 09 Govt refuses to reveal framework for political dialogue
- 10 School in session for Mandalay street kids
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