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Saturday, March 21 2015

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President U Thein Sein delivers a speech as seen on a background display as Myanmar Airforce soldiers participate in a ceremony to mark the 67th anniversary of Myanmar's Independence day, in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, January 4, 2015. Photo: Lynn Bo Bo/EPA
Friday, March 20 2015

The Tatmadaw will maintain its role in politics to support the transition to democracy but will eventually submit to civilian rule, President U Thein Sein told the BBC in an interview broadcast on March 20, Reuters news agency reported.

The military had initiated the reform process and still needed to play a political role to support the transition, President U Thein Sein said, referring to the seven-point roadmap for a transition to democracy unveiled by the ruling junta in August 2003.

President U Thein Sein (C) with pilots Andre Borschberg (L) and Bertrand Piccard (R) at Mandalay International Airport on March 20, 2015. Photo: Bo Bo/Mizzima
Friday, March 20 2015

President U Thein Sein met the pilots of the Solar Impulse on the morning March 20 after the aircraft landed at Mandalay International Airport the night before.

Pilots Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg have brought their “clean energy” message to Myanmar as they attempt to fly their solar-powered plane around the world.

Mr Piccard flew the latest leg of their epic journey, flying in from Varanasi, India and arriving at 7.51 pm the night before.

Friday, March 20 2015

A refugee community from Myanmar in North Carolina, US, has been shocked by a triple homicide.

An 18-year-old ethnic Karen man has been arrested in connection with the stabbing deaths of three children in the southeastern US state, police said March 18.

Responding to a report of a person walking down the street with a knife, police disarmed Eh Lar Doh Htoo late March 17 at a house in New Bern, North Carolina, where they found the bodies of two of the victims. The third died as he was being transported to a hospital.

Friday, March 20 2015

A Myanmar court’s decision sentencing two journalists to prison with hard labour for allegedly defaming a military officer shows the need for the country to enact legal reforms to guarantee respect for media freedom, the International Press Institute said on March 19.

Friday, March 20 2015

A white armband campaign was launched on March 19 in Yangon and another 19 townships as a protest against the government’s violent crackdown on student protestors.

Thursday, March 19 2015

The Solar Impulse 2 aircraft landed in Mandalay at around 8 pm March 19 after leaving Varanasi 16 hours earlier.

The flight piloted by Mr Bertrand Piccard reached a top speed of 200 kilometres as hour at one point in a jet stream, according to Mr Piccard, talking in radio conversation with his team in Monaco, as he approached Myanmar.

Mr Piccard recalled the first time he had been in Myanmar, in 1998, when he made a failed attempt to fly around the world in a high altitude balloon. At that time, he was invited by the Myanmar authorities to make an emergency landing. 

United Nations special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, Ms Yanghee Lee, speaks at a news conference in Geneva on March 18 about her report earlier in the week to the UN Human Rights Council. Photo: EPA/Martial Trezzini
Thursday, March 19 2015

A UN rights expert, who was harshly criticised and threatened during a recent visit to Myanmar, said March 18 she expected the government to invite her back and to ensure her safety, despite another threat having been made against her.

"I am convinced I will be invited back," United Nations Special Rapporteur on Myanmar Yanghee Lee told reporters in Geneva.

Solar Impulse 2, HB-SIB, taking off with Swiss explorer Andre Borshberg on board for the third leg Ahmedabad to Varanasi, of the Round-The-World adventure, in Ahmedabad, India, March 18, 2015. Swiss explorers Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg are attempting to circumnavigate the world flying with an aircraft, with a 72 metres wingspan, powered only by solar energy without a drop of fuel. Photo: EPA
Thursday, March 19 2015

Solar Impulse 2 took off in the early hours of March 19 from Varanasi, India on route for Mandalay.

The flight piloted by Mr Bertrand Piccard is expected to take 16 hours before it lands in Myanmar, according to the team.

The aircraft landed in the Hindu holy city of Varanasi on March 18 for an overnight stopover after its pilot launched an angry attack on Indian bureaucracy following a lengthy hold-up in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state.

Survivors of the ferry vessel accident arrive at the Sittwe port, in Sittwe, western Myanmar, March 14, 2015. Photo: Nyunt Win/EPA
Thursday, March 19 2015

Myanmar will inspect all state-owned vessels after a ferry accident off the country's western Rakhine state that left at least 61 people dead, state media said on March 18.

The boat, which was carrying more than 200 passengers and crew, was "overloaded when it capsized" on March 13 evening, said transport minister U Nyan Tun Aung, according to the Global New Light of Myanmar.

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