Hospital Upgrades Planned By

Burma’s new five-year health-sector plan includes upgrading all 25-bed hospitals into 50-bed ones, according to the minister of health.

New Food Delivery System for Refugee Camps on Thai Border By

A new system of food provision, using electronic cards, is being introduced at the end of this month for Burmese refugees living on the Thai-Burma border.


The committee recommends that modification orders given to eight Rangoon high-rise construction projects be rescinded, after developers petitioned them.


On the second day of a summit in Mai Ja Yang, Kachin State, ethnic armed group leaders propose combining three divisions to form a Burman state within a federal union.


Due to heavy rains in Shan State and increased scrutiny from Chinese officials, Burmese traders are unable to offload their goods in China, sources say.

Lawmaker and Real Estate Developer Condemns Suspended High-Rise Construction By

A Lower House MP behind a Rangoon high-rise project has criticized the division’s chief minister for a decision to suspend the construction of more than 200 buildings.

After One Casualty, Cholera ‘Under Control’ in Pyay By

A recent cholera outbreak in Pyay District of Pegu Division is now under control, according to regional Chief Minister Win Thein.

ALP Officer Arrested for Accusing Burma Army of War Crimes By

An Arakan Liberation Party officer is detained in Sittwe, facing incitement charges for accusing the Burma Army of committing war crimes in Arakan State.

Four Ethnic Armed Groups Absent From Mai Ja Yang Summit By

Four ethnic armed groups, including the UWSA—the largest non-state armed group in Burma—are absent from an ongoing ethnic armed group summit in Kachin State.


Remaining jade mining licenses are to expire in 2018, and licenses will be renewed only after the completion of an environmental management plan.

Burma Appoints New Permanent Representative to the UN By

Burma’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs appoints Htin Lynn as the permanent representative to the United Nations (UN) and other international organizations.


Lower House Speaker Win Myint appeals to parliamentarians to seek official approval for workshops and meetings with non-governmental and civil society organizations.


The State Counselor will meet representatives from the UWSA and the Mongla Army in Naypyidaw to discuss their participation in the Union Peace Conference.

Rangoon Division Chief Minister Laments ‘Tight Budget’ By

Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein cites a ‘tight budget’ of less than US$300 million as an obstacle to delivering multi-sector improvements to Rangoon.

Ethnic Youth Conference Organizers to Defy Government Ban By

The organizers of a National Ethnic Youth Conference to be held in Panglong in Shan State plan to defy a suspension order from the state government.


Leaders representing 17 ethnic armed groups gather in Mai Ja Yang to search for common ground in working toward a federal system in Burma.


An editorial in State-run paper The Mirror argues for the abandonment of the highly controversial Myitsone Dam because it harms Burma-China relations.

Ten Things to Do in Rangoon This Week (July 26) By

A yoga workshop, a free English class, an LGBT club night, and a book fair—all in Rangoon this week, as picked by The Irrawaddy.


The Arakan National Party accuses Burma’s previous government of issuing citizenship documents to over 1,000 Muslims they say are ineligible for citizen status.

Lawmaker Proposes Secretariat Be Returned to the Public By

A Rangoon lawmaker will submit a proposal that would return the city’s historical Secretariat building—which was leased to a private company—to the public.
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