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 Victims of Cyclone Nargis ask for relief from a local NGO in Bogalay. Photo: Mizzima

Men and women may not always be on the same footing but you would think both sexes would be equal in the face of gigantic floods, typhoons or droughts. Think again.

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Questions have been raised about the visits of the former UK prime minister to Myanmar. Mr Tony Blair (R), former Prime Minister of United Kingdom, shows a thumb up as he walks out of the 22nd World Economic Forum in Nay Pyi Taw  2013. Photo: Nyein Chan Naing/EPA

Twitter and Facebook generated some buzz during the last few days over speculation regarding former UK PM Tony Blair’s recent appearance in Nay Pyi Taw, according to the London-based Spectator magazine on March 6.

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Civilians wearing red armbands with the word “Duty” on them launched a violent crackdown on activists and students protesting outside the Yangon City Hall on March 5, 2015. Photo: Hein Htet/Mizzima
Civilians wearing red armbands with the word “Duty” on them launched a violent crackdown on activists and students protesting outside the Yangon City Hall on March 5, 2015. Photo: Hein Htet/Mizzima

Yangon Region Chief Minister U Myint Swe said in the meeting with the 88-Generation Peace and Open Society that the action taken against activists and students by men wearing red armbands outside Yangon City Hall was lawful.

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Myanmar's military commander-in-chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing during a high-level meeting at the President's resident office in the capital Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, October 31, 2014. Photo: Lynn Bo Bo/EPA

Sixteen days after martial law was declared in Kokang area, the military authorities in Nay Pyi Taw have issued amendments to the military administrative order, effectively imposing harsher penalties for those caught breaking the law.

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Police arrest protesters who support students protesters in Lepadan at in front of Yangon City Hall on March 5, 2015. Photo: Hein Htet/Mizzima
Police arrest protesters who support students protesters in Lepadan at in front of Yangon City Hall on March 5, 2015. Photo: Hein Htet/Mizzima

Myanmar authorities have defended a crackdown on a Yangon rally that saw police and men in civilian clothes beat unarmed protesters, as security forces made fresh arrests on March 6.

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Myanmar soldiers clear the area in Chin Shwe Haw town of Kokang, northern Shan State, Myanmar, February 16, 2015. Photo: Lynn Bo Bo/EPA
Myanmar soldiers clear the area in Chin Shwe Haw town of Kokang, northern Shan State, Myanmar, February 16, 2015. Photo: Lynn Bo Bo/EPA

A Shan Human Rights Foundation spokesperson claims that the Myanmar Army it threatening civilians in the Kokang region of Shan State, according to a report in Karen News on March 6.