The Myanmar Times
Wednesday, 20 August 2014
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Down and out in Yangon

The city’s homeless population struggles to hang on with limited resources and support, finding solidarity with friends and shelter on the urban fringes.

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Decades-old federalism debate enters new phase

In recent weeks, both government and ethnic armed groups have revealed elements of their respective agendas for Myanmar’s long-promised political dialogue, which aims to end decades of conflict between the central government and insurgent groups.

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Floating hotel in hot water over ‘kneel-down’ service

Yangon’s new colonial cruise liner-themed hotel has quickly steamed into trouble after a publicity photo depicted some of its staff prostrating themselves before a group of guests, prompting some staff to resign.

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Speaker seeks middle ground on proportional representation

At the end of three days of tense discussion about the proposed introduction of proportional representation for Pyithu Hluttaw, or lower house, seats in the seven regions dominated by the ethnic Bamar, speaker Thura U Shwe Mann asked representatives for their opinion on the proposal.

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After abuses in China, rights groups call for labour treaty

The plight of dozens of Myanmar workers freed from “atrocious” conditions in garment factories in Fujian Province has cast a fresh spotlight on migration to China, as the government begins initial negotiations for a formal labour agreement with its giant neighbour.

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Activists give history lesson to incoming students

After violence that left 16 students dead according to official figures that likely downplayed the scale of the massacre, the government blew up the building in the early hours of July 8, 1962.

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Solution in Rakhine State ‘is to accept that we are all human beings'

Nobel Peace Prize-winner Muhammad Yunus on social enterprises, Bangladesh-Myanmar relations and conflict in Rakhine State.

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Behind the bar with Myanmar’s best

When Ko Kyaw Zin Htun went to Malaysia to work in a furniture factory in 2008, at the age of 20, the prospect of winning a regional title in anything seemed remote.

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Not-so-secret voting stirs debate

Request to hide how parliamentarians vote provokes discussion on the merits of secret voting and pressure to toe the party line.

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Calls grow for review of regional human rights body

Southeast Asian human rights experts are urging a regional human rights body to be given a far stronger protection mandate as its work comes under review five years after it was created.

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