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This Week in Parliament (September 26-30)

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

The Irrawaddy Business Roundup (October 1)

Singapore invests in tourism; Anthem Asia invests in Rangoon Tea House; Tata group and State Bank of India open offices; Construction firms receive warning; Animal feed company invests in Rangoon production facility.

Burma Army Troops Serving as UN Peacekeepers in Liberia and South Sudan

The Burma Army currently has a handful of peacekeepers serving in Africa on two peacekeeping missions, for the first time in half a century.

Singaporean and Malaysian Restaurants in Rangoon

If you fancy the comforting taste of Singaporean or Malaysian food during the soggy days of Rangoon’s rainy season here are five restaurants about town you really must try.

Defense To Present Witnesses in Ranong Murder Case

Court hearings for the prosecution have wrapped up in the Thai court case against four Burmese migrant workers accused of murdering a student in Ranong Province in 2015.

Ma Thida Receives ‘Disturbing the Peace’ Award

Prominent Burmese writer Ma Thida receives the first annual ‘Disturbing the Peace Award’ by the Vaclav Havel Library Foundation.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi: ‘Lawmakers Can’t be Lawbreakers’

Burma’s State Counselor speaks to the region’s parliamentarians during her opening address of the 37th Asean Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) in Naypyidaw.

Teacher Charged with Raping Students in Irrawaddy Division

Police arrest an Irrawaddy Division high school teacher for allegedly raping two of his students, according to local police.

Thailand Confirms Two Cases of Zika-linked Microcephaly, First in region

US issues travel warnings for pregnant women entering eleven countries in Southeast Asia, including Burma

HRW: US Military Aid Fails Child Soldiers

The decision by the United States to give military assistance to countries that recruit and use child soldiers, including Burma, fails child soldiers but is not unexpected

Thailand Cracks Down on Migrant Workers

Anti-immigration feelings are on the rise, rights group fears

Report Highlights Hardship and Family Planning Needs

Married women in Burma give birth to five children on average, while 2014 census findings highlight a lack of education and a need for family planning.

Rangoon Govt Rep Clarifies Development Priorities

The head of the regional parliament’s Finance, Planning and Economic Affairs Committee says the focus will be on 11 issues.

Burma’s Lower House of Parliament passes the long-awaited Myanmar Investment Bill to mixed reviews, and it now moves to the Upper House.

Karen sources say military activity and tension near the site of the Hat Gyi dam could lead to a breakdown of Burma’s nationwide ceasefire agreement.

Authorities in Putao Township, Kachin State, issue an order to an internally displaced persons (IDP) camp saying agencies and groups need permission to deliver aid.

Pockets within the Burma military may still be cooperating with North Korea despite government and military opposition, according to a senior US official.

Eulogy for an Everyday Hero, U Aung Htike

A man of great poise, dignity and generosity, U Aung Htike passed away on Sept. 23, 2016.

Tailor Shop Abuse Case Goes to Court

Six members of a family accused of human trafficking and child abuse at downtown Rangoon’s Ava Tailor Shop appear at a court hearing.

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