Burmese commander accuses Shan armies of undermining local development

Maj-Gen Than Hlaing, the commander of Eastern Central Command, has accused two ethnic Shan armies – the Shan State Progress Party/Shan State Army (SSPP/SSA) and the Restoration Council of Shan State/Shan State Army (RCSS/SSA) – of undermining local community development, according to an official of the SSPP/SSA.

Lower House approves controversial motion to rename bridge in Mon State

The Lower House has approved a controversial motion urging the government to rename a bridge over the Thanlwin (Salween) River between Mawlamyine and Chaungzone after the late leader General Aung San, despite about 10,000 people in Mawlamyine planning to stage a protest against the move.

Dam projects must be suspended until peace achieved, say environmental orgs

In downtown Mawlamyine Capital of Mon State, a crowd of 200 gathered on March 14 to stage a protest against hydropower projects in conflict zones. Marking the International Day of Action for Rivers, the demonstrators called for the government to reassess building large-scale dams until the country’s armed conflict is resolved and the political system reformed.

Despite opposition, Union Parliament votes to name bridge for General Aung San

A bill that will name a new Mon State bridge for the independence leader easily passed Tuesday’s vote in the Pyithu Hluttaw, the lower house of Myanmar’s parliament. Thirteen members of parliament (MPs) and the Minister of Construction spoke in favor of the name, and two MPs spoke against it. The bill passed with 217 votes for, 43 votes against and 116 abstentions.

Burmese environmentalists urge govt to halt dams on Irrawaddy, Salween rivers

A number of Burmese environmental organizations, including Burma Rivers Network, Save the Salween Network and The Burma Environmental Working Group (BEWG), released a statement today urging the National League for Democracy-led government to abandon plans to build more than 50 dams on the Salween and Irrawaddy rivers, particularly in conflict zones.

Second UNFC conference postponed

The second conference of the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC), an alliance of ethnic armed organisations that did not sign the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA), has been postponed due to the current political and military circumstances in the country.

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