The residents of flood-prone Kyaukphyu Township in southwestern Arakan State are still struggling to resume agricultural production seven years after their lands were devastated by Cyclone Giri in 2010.
In August, Burma’s newly elected government overhauled the senior figures heading the administrative framework for governing Special Economic Zones (SEZs). Union Vice-President Henry Van Thio replaces former president Thein Sein[…]
Twenty-one local farmers spurn a compensation ceremony in Kyaukphyu, Arakan State, when they find that the event was being staged to conclude the matter without attempting to rectify damage to their fields.
A lawyer contracted by the Burmese embassy to defend Zaw Lin and Win Zaw Htun, who are accused of murdering two British tourists, said the men confessed to the crimes but told the legal team they had been tortured.
A mud volcano in Kyaukphyu Township on the west coast of Burma has erupted, spilling tons of mud across three village tracts and destroying more than 100 acres of paddies fields. No one has been reported injured.
BUSINESS in BURMA THIS WEEK: Rangoon hotel market looks to continue record growth; Kyaukphyu SEZ master plan near completion; Telenor reaffirms Burma link with executive appointment; and the sale of Thilawa leasehold rights begins.
Representatives of the Arakanese Buddhist community, armed groups and civil society groups will rub shoulders with state government officials and MPs this week as the Arakan National Conference takes place in Kyaukphyu.
Various Arakanese organisations have announced they will hold the 4th Arakan National Convention in Kyaukphyu from 27 April to 1 May as they strive to find answers to the ongoing conflict in the region.
An umbrella group of political and civic Arakanese groups issue a statement demanding a halt to all natural resource extraction projects in Arakan state until a genuine federal system is implemented in Burma.