Friday, September 30, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Flood coordination drastically improved, but not without flaws

Aid workers say relief efforts are much better coordinated now than in any previous natural disaster to hit Myanmar thanks to the opening of the Emergency Operations Centre, while locals allege that gaps in the government-led response have left them starving.

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Workers put lives at risk inside ‘rat-hole’ coal mines

Cave-ins and other accidents are common but workers believe the high pay makes it worthwhile.

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Amid the deluge, solidarity and leadership emerge

A shirtless farmer trudges up to a semi-circle of singing volunteers.



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Revealed: NLD’s economic plan

The National League for Democracy’s economic strategy will focus on five “pillars” according to a document seen by The Myanmar Times.

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Nationwide ceasefire talks move into crucial phase

Informal talks to take place in Chiang Mai this week ahead of proposed meeting in Yangon in early August.

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Three years, zero landmines cleared

Lack of trust between the Tatmadaw and armed ethnic groups remains a key factor preventing NGOs from starting de-mining operations.

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Unravelling the minimum wage

Last month the National Minimum Wage Committee announced a provisional base wage of K3600 a day, due to take effect at the end of August, but factory workers and owners continue to debate the figure, and some foreign owners say they will shut their factories if the wage is enacted.

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Informal talks bring progress but familiar hurdles remain

With as little as six weeks left to finalise a nationwide ceasefire before election campaigning begins, government and ethnic leaders have resumed talks but remain divided on key issues, particularly who can sign the agreement.

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Kokang’s capital shows signs of life

Residents have started returning to Laukkai, but they say martial law is hurting business as fighting continues in southern parts of the region.

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NLD chief still barred from presidency under draft charter changes

Proposed amendments would reduce the military role in national politics by ensuring a civilian president, while also devolving more power to states.

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