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Insein Artists Exhibit Their Work

The annual group exhibition of Insein Township artists features Yangon cityscapes, as well as culturally significant places and ethnic people from across the country. Some of the paintings showcased at a group exhibition of artists from Yangon's Insein Township.

Detained Student Union Member Released on Bail

Ko Aung Htet, a former member of the Student Union of Taungoo, was detained at Taungoo Prison in early August and faces trial under Article 505 of Burma's Penal Code. "My lawyers asked the court for bail, as I need proper medical treatment.

Questions Raised About $300 Million Downtown Development Project

Land clearing and demolition for a project worth more than US$300 million on the former site of a Defense Services Museum, near Shwedagon Pagoda, has prompted a lawmaker to inquire about the initiative in the upcoming parliamentary session. U Kyaw Zay Ya, a Yangon regional lawmaker representing Dagon Township-where the site is located-told The Irrawaddy that the scale of the project on a nine-acre plot of land attracted his attention.

Nagaland celebrates Independence Day

Kohima, Aug 15 - Thousands of people across Nagaland on Tuesday celebrated India's Independence Day amidst a boycott call by the Myanmar-based NSCN-K. Chief Minister Taditui Rangkau Zeliang unfurled the tricolour at the Secretariat Plaza and took salute from 27 marching contingents including paramilitary forces, Arunachal Pradesh Police, Nagaland police, NCC, Scouts and Guides besides school students.

~ Irrawaddy kids ~

This was just pure childish fun capture of the kids who wanted me to take pictures of them with the smiles and laughter and soon all of them started posing. Definitely the best cultural experience I had and the unspoiled local people really made for an amazingly great day here.

Yangon Chief Minister Files Complaint Against Reuters

Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein filed a complaint against wire news agency Reuters on Monday over an article about his regional government's deal to import buses from China, Myanmar Press Council told The Irrawaddy. The article , published on August 6 under the headline "Suu Kyi's man in Yangon under fire over transit deal with China," questioned the transparency and accountability behind two deals, estimated at more than US$100 million, according to the report.

Army Defends Kachin State Clearance Operations

Military representatives assigned to Parliament argued on Monday that Myanmar Army plans to conduct operations in the contested area of Kachin State's Tanai Township are in line with the military-drafted 2008 Constitution. Lt-Col Khin Maung Swe told the Lower House that the army was increasing clearance operations in the Kachin Independence Army -controlled area in order to support the government.

Impossible to Remove Tatmadaw from Politics: Army Colonel

The Tatmadaw cannot be removed from the country's politics, according to an official from the military's National Defense College at a panel discussion on civilian-military relations during the Forum on Myanmar's Democratic Transition in Naypyitaw on Friday. "Considering the reality, it is impossible to remove the military from politics," said Col Aung Myint Oo, head of internal and external relations at NDC.

India 71st Independence Day celebration

India celebrates its 71st Independence Day today. The celebration is a tribute to the freedom fighters who fought for Indian Independence from British rule.

Army Orders Villagers to Stay Out of Rakhine's Mayu Mountains

The Myanmar Army gave verbal orders to villagers in northern Rakhine State to avoid entering the Mayu mountain range as they conduct clearance operations in Maungdaw Township, a border police major told The Irrawaddy on Monday. Speaking on the condition of anonymity, he said that the order was "to prevent fatalities."

Myanmar workers march to call for minimum wage rise

About 2,000 workers have marched for a daily minimum wage increase and also called on the government to provide them with social welfare housings. The workers from the factories of Yangon, Bago and Thanlyin industrial zones on Sunday also asked authorities to impose penalty of imprisonment against employers who ignore the rules and orders of arbitration councils in labour disputes.

Myanmar Ruling Party's Former Chairman U Aung Shwe Dies

Former Chairman of Myanmar's ruling party, the National League for Democracy , U Aung Shwe passed away at Yangon's Victoria Hospital Sunday night, China's Xinhua news agency reported citing local media on Monday. U Aung Shwe, 99, died of his old-age sickness at 9:36 pm local time after he was hospitalised, said the 7-Day News.

Hundreds of Buddhists protest against aid agencies in Myanmar's Rakhine

Hundreds of Buddhists took to the streets in western Myanmar on Sunday to protest against aid organisations they accuse of giving support to Muslim Rohingya militants, police and a protest leader said. Buddhist monks and members of the Rakhine ethnic group held demonstrations in 15 towns, including the Rakhine state capital of Sittwe, demanding that aid agencies leave the western state immediately, Htay Aung, a self-described leader of the protests, told Reuters by phone.

~ evening glow ~

A simple shot of Irrawaddy river scape on a greyish late afternoon near Nyaung U township - the natural source of life that never disappointed the Burmese for centuries. It's the backbone and a lifeline of the country that flows 2000 km north to south replenishing the land with water, fish and fertile soil, and inseparable from their daily life.

Myanmar to introduce bus-fare card payment system

Yangon Region Transport Authority has invited tender proposals to install card system on Yangon Bus Service on Wednesday. Both local and foreign joint-venture companies can bid the tenders, the deadline of which is set for September, to operate card issuing service, card acquiring service and cards top-up agent service, according to an official from YRTA.

March of democracy unstoppable in Myanmar: Minister

Nay Pyi Taw, Aug 12 The march of democracy is unstoppable in Myanmar despite the challenges, says Myanmar's Information Minister Pe Myint. "But at a time when democracy is threatened in many countries where it had struck roots or emerged as fledgling movements, Myanmar is trying hard to move ahead," Myint told Mizzima news.

Protests Must Serve the Public Interest

Kyaw Kha: Welcome to Dateline Irrawaddy! This week, we'll discuss the recent anti-government protests in Yangon and Mandalay. I'm Irrawaddy reporter Kyaw Kha.

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