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Pro-government ceasefire groups slide by license crackdown

Asah : Although the government announced that they will arrest drivers without legal licenses, and confiscate the vehicles, pro-government ceasefire groups and police continue to trade products from Myawaddy with out restriction.

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Headmen pressured to handpick for USDP membership

Jaloon Htaw : Contrary to election laws laid out by Burma’s 2010 election commission, the new government backed political party is pressuring village headmen in Mon State to gather up to 50 residents from each village to join their party.

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Lower water reveals historic pagodas and potential concerns in dam safety

Akka : Three ancient pagodas rise up from now dry land which, only a few months ago, was submerged below river waters. Sangkhlaburi, along with other lakeside communities popular with tourists, have been experiencing dramatic decreases in its water levels.

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Ceasefire celebration noticeably absent

Akka For the 1st time since the ceasefire was created, the New Mon State Party (NMSP) will not be celebrating the anniversary of its ceasefire with the Burmese military government in 1995.

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HIV/AIDS trainings decrease shame and increase treatment

Jaloon Htaw Frequent trainings on HIV/AIDS education and awareness in Mon State by one organization appear to be successful in encouraging HIV positive individuals to seek care and treatment, after increased numbers of cases reported being less ashamed to seek treatment.

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