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Burma, India Agree to Cooperate on Defense, Energy, Infrastructure

Burma and India ink four agreements on bilateral cooperation in the areas of traditional medicine, renewable energy and infrastructural connectivity.

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Ten Things to Do in Rangoon This Week

A plus-size beauty contest, photo exhibition, technology fair, literary festival and art exhibitions—all in Rangoon this week, as picked by The Irrawaddy.

Elite Business Community Welcomes Peace Conference

Business leaders expect a successful peace settlement to increase foreign investment, open up border areas and tempt back migrant workers from abroad.

After being promoted, Lt-Gen Mya Tun Oo becomes the third most powerful official in Burma’s armed forces.

Bagan’s Department of Archaeology, National Museum and Library works with Unesco to train volunteers to collect data and clean debris from pagodas damaged in a recent earthquake.

Inclusivity in the 21st Century Panglong Conference is about all stakeholders, writes Yanghee Lee.

Govt Justifies International Involvement in Arakan Issue

Former UN chief Kofi Annan’s appointment as chair of the new Arakan State Advisory Committee is in response to international pressure, the government says.

The Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army, the Ta’ang National Liberation Army and the Arakan Army are barred from the Union Peace Conference.

Broadcaster Apologizes to Military for Outdated Plane Crash Story

Myanmar National TV apologizes after old news about a Burmese military fighter jet crash two years ago was broadcast on a news bulletin on Sunday evening.

This Week in Parliament (August 22-26)

The Irrawaddy briefs you on the week that was in the national legislature.

The Irrawaddy Business Roundup (Aug 27)

Domestic terminal nears completion; 4G rollout complete; Concerns over inflation; Burmese coffee enters US; China boosts foreign aid.

Arakan National Party lawmakers say the issuance of full citizenship to a Buthidaung Township woman was carried out against existing regulations.

National reconciliation requires recognizing the diverse, autonomous pasts of ethnic minority groups, which the current official history does not allow for.

Damage to almost 200 historic pagodas and temples in Bagan after the earthquake is not dampening tourist interest, with tour operators even reporting a bump.

Human Rights Activist Denied Bail in Arakan State

A Sittwe court denies a bail request from prominent activist Khine Myo Htun, who was arrested last month and faces charges after accusing the Burma Army of committing war crimes.

The Asian Highway project is leading to increased militarization and the risk of armed conflict, say three ethnic Karen organizations.

Mon Groups Pledge to Block Coal Power Plant

Attendees at the Mon National Conference promise to stand against the use of a coal power plant by a cement company in Mon State’s Kyaikmayaw Township.

A longtime haven for Burma’s political dissidents, Thailand’s Mae Sot continues to host large numbers of Burmese migrant workers, visitors and merchants.

The Arakan National Party calls on the govt to cancel the new Arakan State Advisory Commission due to the presence of three high-profile international members.

UNFC: We Will Join the Union Peace Conference

After an emergency meeting in Thailand, the United Nationalities Federal Council confirms that they will attend the 21st Century Panglong event.

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