National News The Myanmar Times has the latest news from across Myanmar. http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news.html Mon, 06 Jul 2015 07:24:13 +0630 en-gb Norway donates to Rakhine State, denies financial interests http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/15357-norway-donates-to-rakhine-state-denies-financial-interests.html http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/15357-norway-donates-to-rakhine-state-denies-financial-interests.html Envoy’s visit comes amid criticism the country’s business interests have been served by a peace-industrial complex.

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kyawzaya387@gmail.com (Fiona Macgregor) National News Mon, 06 Jul 2015 10:12:07 +0630
Rumours intensify of USDP split http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/15356-rumours-intensify-of-usdp-split.html http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/15356-rumours-intensify-of-usdp-split.html

Comments by U Thein Sein signalling an interest in serving a second term have fuelled the talk of a split in the Union Solidarity and Development Party between the president and parliamentary Speaker Thura U Shwe Mann, his presumed rival.

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kyawzaya387@gmail.com (Guy Dinmore and Wa Lone) National News Mon, 06 Jul 2015 10:05:21 +0630
‘Oldest woman’ recovers from hen pecking http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/mandalay-upper-myanmar/15355-oldest-woman-recovers-from-hen-pecking.html http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/mandalay-upper-myanmar/15355-oldest-woman-recovers-from-hen-pecking.html

Grandmother to the nation Daw Mya Kyi is eating again and has her family and friends around her, her daughter says.

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kyawzaya387@gmail.com (Phyo Wai Kyaw and Hlaing Kyaw Soe) Mandalay & Upper Myanmar Mon, 06 Jul 2015 09:53:55 +0630
Lowest traffic fine set at K30,000 in draft law http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/yangon/15354-lowest-traffic-fine-set-at-k30-000-in-draft-law.html http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/yangon/15354-lowest-traffic-fine-set-at-k30-000-in-draft-law.html

The days of K1500 traffic fines may soon be over. Following repeated warnings from police that the current fines are too low to be an effective deterrent, the government has published a draft law that would raise the minimum fine to K30,000 and the maximum to K1 million.

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kyawzaya387@gmail.com (Aye Nyein Win) Yangon Mon, 06 Jul 2015 09:50:55 +0630
Money invested in bus rapid transit system http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/yangon/15353-money-invested-in-bus-rapid-transit-system.html http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/yangon/15353-money-invested-in-bus-rapid-transit-system.html Yangon is about to take the first practical steps toward upgrading its public transport system. Armed with a K12.5 billion kitty – K10 billion from the government, and the remainder from private companies – the city will soon lay out dedicated bus lanes, and import the buses that will run along them.

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kyawzaya387@gmail.com (Aye Nyein Win) Yangon Mon, 06 Jul 2015 09:45:59 +0630
Yangon-Pyin Oo Lwin bus line closed after accident http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/mandalay-upper-myanmar/15352-yangon-pyin-oo-lwin-bus-line-closed-after-accident.html http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/mandalay-upper-myanmar/15352-yangon-pyin-oo-lwin-bus-line-closed-after-accident.html A bus line involved in a deadly accident last May has been closed down by the authorities. Elite Express, which ran between Yangon and Pyin Oo Lwin, was ordered shuttered by Mandalay Region’s road transport minister, U Kyaw San, on July 4.

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kyawzaya387@gmail.com (Maung Zaw) Mandalay & Upper Myanmar Mon, 06 Jul 2015 09:44:28 +0630
Myanmar strives for lofty tourist arrival figures http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/15351-myanmar-strives-for-lofty-tourist-arrival-figures.html http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/15351-myanmar-strives-for-lofty-tourist-arrival-figures.html

With the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism expecting 4.5 to 5 million tourist arrivals in 2015, and 7.5 million by 2020, local travel industry experts are busily dreaming up ways to promote Myanmar as a destination to ensure that these target numbers are met.

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kyawzaya387@gmail.com (Ei Ei Thu) National News Mon, 06 Jul 2015 09:36:33 +0630
Travel agents lobby over tourism law http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/15350-travel-agents-lobby-over-tourism-law.html http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/15350-travel-agents-lobby-over-tourism-law.html Travel agents are urging the government to take their views into account in drawing up new tourism laws, and the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism says it will listen.

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kyawzaya387@gmail.com (Ei Ei Thu) National News Mon, 06 Jul 2015 09:34:43 +0630
Theravada Buddhist centre opens in Moscow http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/15349-theravada-buddhist-centre-opens-in-moscow.html http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/15349-theravada-buddhist-centre-opens-in-moscow.html

Sitagu Sayadaw opened a centre for Myanmar Theravada Buddhism in Moscow on July 1.

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kyawzaya387@gmail.com (Aung Kyaw Min) National News Mon, 06 Jul 2015 09:30:01 +0630
Labour unions, employers to fight minimum wage proposal http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/15329-labour-unions-employers-to-fight-minimum-wage-proposal.html http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/15329-labour-unions-employers-to-fight-minimum-wage-proposal.html

In a strictly temporary marriage of convenience, both labour and some employer representatives are criticising the government’s announcement last week that the minimum wage should be K3600 (about US$3.20) for an eight-hour day.

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kyawzaya387@gmail.com (Nyan Lynn Aung) National News Fri, 03 Jul 2015 10:34:51 +0630