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 At least 16 armed ethnic groups are expected to gather in Laiza to analyse a drat nationwide ceasere this week ahead o planned talks with U Aung Min in Myitkyina – talks one acilitator said could “open the door” to political dialogue.
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Crucial week for peace process
Sixty-three troupes took part in the Kyaukse elephant dance competition at the oot o Shwetharlyaung Pagoda in the lead-up to the ull moon o Thadingyut on October 19. Theestival was held one day beore the national holiday, which marks the end o Buddhist Lent.The colourul competition sees teams and individuals wearing elephant costumes perorm various traditional dances.
PHOTO: SI THU LWIN
SPECIAL REPORT 6
Policy changes leaveworkers stranded
 A decision in January to change theprocess o issuing visas to workersheading to Malaysia has let thousandsin limbo – and growing debt.
NEWS 3
Yachting body rejectsland grab accusations
Dispute over land used or SEA Games yachting venue at Ngwe Saung is notthe ederation’s responsibility, says business tycoon U Moe Myint.
BUSINESS 21
Revenue needs to coverspending: World Bank
Despite recent economic gains, urthergrowth in Myanmar continues to behindered by inefcient tax collectingpractices, according to the World Bank.
THE PULSE 41
Piracy-hit music bizpins hopes on new site
The music industry is hopeul that a new online music purchasing websitecan boost sales and counter the impacto music piracy and le-sharing websites.
 
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THE REVOLUTION WILL BEKICKSTARTERED
The Guardian 
newspaper isreporting that three Turkishcitizens have raised overUS$55,000 with the aim oplacing a ull page ad in
The New York Times 
blasting thepresidency o Abdullah Güland calling or support orthe protestors still occupyingthe streets o the restive,transcontinental state.According to
The Guardian 
 newspaper, each and every oneo the almost 1350 backers havebeen invited to contribute. “Wewant the world to hear romTurks themselves about what’shappening in Turkey,” reads acampaign mission statement.
WE’RE MILKING THIS STORYFOR ALL ITS WORTH...
Thousands o lactating mothersgathered across the many islandso the Philipines this week in anattempt to break the world recordor massive, public display o breasteeding. While having the record is itsown accomplishment, the organizerso the event said their larger goalis to challenge the taboo o publicbreasteeding in the large, mostlyCatholic nation, as well as pushlawmakers to resist lobbying eortsrom the makers o baby ormula.As rst reported by AFP, about21,000 women are said to haveparticipated, but Guinness WorldRecords committee will needseveral weeks to get a ully tally othe results.
RODMAN DISHES ON KIM
Page 2 avorite Dennis Rodmanwas in the news again this week,describing the high fying liestyle oNorth Korean despot and basketballan Kim Jongun.Speaking to
The Sun 
newspaper,Mr Rodman likened to experience tobeing on a version o Hawaii or Ibizawhere “Only [Kim Jongun] lives.”Mr. Rodman went on to conrmmany o the rumors o extravagancethat have long swirled around theKim amily.“Everything you want, he hasto best”, including a yacht thatMr. Rodman described as a crossbetween a erry and a Disney boat.By some estimates, Mr Kim’sregime spent $645.8 million onluxury goods in 2012.
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 Photo: Htet Aung Kyaw ( Studio HAK)
 When Myanmar was Burma...
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State literature from the late1940s and early 1950s titiled, “Being aware of the dangers of electricity”
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Importantweek forMyanmar’speace process
THE coming week is shaping up asa critical one or Myanmar’s peaceprocess, with two important meet-ings that could decide how Myan-mar moves on rom a hal-century o  bloody ethnic conict. At least 16 ethnic armed groups willgather in Laiza rom October 30 to No- vember 1 to examine a drat ceasereagreement and decide whether to signthe nationwide ceasere proposed by the government. All armed ethnic groups, includingmembers o the United NationalitiesFederal Council, have been invited totake part in the meeting at the KachinIndependence Organisation head-quarters. As o October 25, 16 groupshad conrmed their attendance butthe KIO did not release their names. Although chie government peacenegotiator U Aung Min had requestedto attend as an observer, the govern-ment’s peace team has not been invit-ed, said U Daung Khar, a member o the KIO technical team in Myitkyina.“We want to know what will beincluded in the nationwide ceasereagreement. We will discuss the dratand nd suggestions on political dia-logue that we can put to the govern-ment,” said U Daung Khar.The meeting will be ollowed by negotiations between the groups whotake part in the Laiza conerence andthe government peace team in Myit-kyina on November 3 and 4. U DaungKhar said the two sides would sign anagreement – which is likely to containdetails on the ramework or politicaldialogue – in ront o local and interna-tional observers, including United Na-tions special envoy Vijay Nambiar andChinese special envoy Wang Ying Fan.“We will discuss again the points we have already agreed on with thegovernment peace team,” said UDaung Khar said. “But we need to getan ofcial agreement” on the nation- wide ceasere proposal, he said.The government wants to hold theceasere signing ceremony in Novem- ber and has invited all armed ethnicgroups to take part. While some havecommitted to signing, a number haveresisted because o concerns about theramework or subsequent politicaldialogue.U Shwe Khar, general secretary o the Chin National Front, which has been invited by the KIO to attend theLaiza meeting, said he expects the dis-cussion o the drat ceasere will gener-ate positive results or all stakeholders.“We are preparing now to discussuture political dialogue and con-dence-building among the ethnicarmed groups,” he said.However, peace acilitator U Hla Maung Shwe rom the Myanmar PeaceCenter said the government couldnot necessarily accept all the ethnicgroups’ proposed changes to the drat.He said the government had writ-ten the drat based on discussions with some armed ethnic groups, in-cluding the Karen National Union andthe Restoration Council o Shan State.“I think government will considerpoints proposed by the ethnic armedgroups. I the government agrees with what they ask, the nationwide cease-re can be held at the end o Novem- ber,he said. “I it happens, we canopen the door to political dialogue.”
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‘We will discuss the[ceasefre] drat and fnd suggestions ... that we can put to the government.
U Daung Khar
KIO technical team member
Myanmar Yachting Federation president and businessman U Moe Myint (centre) speaks on October 25.
Photo: Zarni Phyo
Yachting federation boss deflectscriticism over venue land dispute
MYANMAR Yachting Federationpresident and business tycoon UMoe Myint has denied any wrong-doing in a land dispute surroundingthe site o the ederation’s new NgweSaung venue, which will play host tosailing events during the upcomingSoutheast Asian Games.U Moe Myint has spent almostUS$17 million on the Ngwe Saung Yacht Club and Marina Develop-ment at Bu Kway Gyi village on NgweSaung beach, 50 kilometres (31 miles) west o Pathein in Ayeyarwady Re-gion. The development is being built by one his companies, Myint & As-sociates, and when complete will in-clude both a yacht club and a luxury hotel with 34 bungalows and 100rooms. The venue is 95 percent com-plete, according to the ederation.U Moe Myint’s company will op-erate the hotel ater the SEA Gamesnishes, paying annual rent o 1.5pco income to the Ministry o Sport, with a minimum o K15 million  year. Documents provided to
The Myanmar Times
at an October 25press conerence show that K9.64million (about US$10,000) was paidto the Ministry o Sport or the 9.64acres o prime beachront land that was used or the development.Residents in the area claim theland was orcibly taken rom themin 1997 by local military ofcials.U Moe Myint deended the dealor the yachting venue, saying nei-ther he nor the ederation wereresponsible or how the land hadoriginally been acquired or whatlevel o compensation the originalowners received.“In terms o land ownership andownership issues you have to ad-dress the questions to the Ministry o Sport,” U Moe Myint said. “[The venue] is just a task or responsibility that has been entrusted to us [by theMinistry o Sport].”Federation vice president U MyoTint said Myanmar company AungKyaw Zay had recently completedan environmental impact assess-ment that also included interviews with residents in the area. He saidhe could not comment on the report because he had not yet seen it. As previously reported by 
The My-anmar Times
, three brothers – U SeinThan, U Soe Lwin and U Kyin Myint– say that they owned the land thatis being used or the yachting venueuntil 1997, when Major Yin Sein, who was then secretary o the districtPeace and Development Council,strong-armed them into selling theirplantations well below the marketprice under threats o violence. The brothers received just K1200 or eachtree as part o the deal.
TIM MCLAUGHLIN
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MILLION
$17
The amount U Moe Myint has spenton the Ngwe Saung Yacht Club andMarina Development at Ngwe Saung
MORE ON NEWS 8
No chance of Than Shwe return: speaker
FORMER Senior General Than Shweis worried about Myanmar’s politicalsituation but could not return to a po-litical role because the separation o powers in the constitution, Thura UShwe Mann says.“[Than Shwe] told me that he is worried about the present politicalsituation,” the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw speaker said. He did not reveal thereasons or U Than Shwe’s concern.Speaking to reporters on October24, Thura U Shwe Mann, who is alsochairman o the Union Solidarity andDevelopment Party, said it would beimpossible or U Than Shwe to returnto politics.“We have already set up the par-liament, executive and judiciary sepa-rately so he cannot be involved in pol-itics,” he said. “As leader o Myanmar,he did his best or the people withgoodwill but everybody knows whatthe result was. I value his goodwill but we don’t have to like the result.Thura U Shwe Mann said he andhis amily went to U Than Shwe’shome to pay homage on the ullmoon day o Thadingyut, which wasmarked this year on October 19. A high-ranking USDP ofcial, whoasked not to be named, said a num- ber o other senior USDP membersalso paid homage to U Than Shwe,including President U Thein Sein andU Htay Oo.
– Win Ko Ko Latt 

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