National News The Myanmar Times has the latest news from across Myanmar. Sun, 21 Dec 2014 22:55:14 +0630 en-gb President to get press pool from January Welcome to the West Wing – Nay Pyi Taw-style. After consultation with media groups, the President’s Office has announced that correspondents will be based in the official residence of the president, all the better to monitor events.  

]]> (Ye Mon) National News Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:47:13 +0630
Gaya tour operators seek VOA expansion A recently introduced electronic visa on arrival for visitors to India will have only a limited impact for Myanmar travellers until the service is made available at Gaya airport, the gateway to the Bodhgaya pilgrimage site, tour operators say. 

]]> (Ei Ei Thu) National News Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:43:17 +0630
Three-year plan unveiled to win back trust in judiciary

Myanmar's Supreme Court has released a three-year strategic plan aimed at improving the judiciary, including targets for user satisfaction and speeding up the hearing of cases.

]]> (Lun Min Mang ) National News Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:41:03 +0630
Mandalay judiciary protest fizzles

Political groups based in Mandalay staged a protest against judicial bias last week but failed to attract anywhere near the 100 demonstrators they had expected.

]]> (Si Thu Lwin) National News Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:25:00 +0630
Low-cost homes planned for evicted river families

Families evicted by municipal authorities in Mandalay for the visit of Norwegian royals could soon be offered cheap apartments in an apparent effort by Mandalay City Development Committee to make amends for the public relations disaster.

]]> (Maung Zaw) National News Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:59:00 +0630
Federal army 'unrealistic': Elders A group of senior former international peacemakers has said a key demand of ethnic armed groups in ongoing ceasefire talks is unrealistic. 

]]> (Ei Ei Toe Lwin) National News Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:09:30 +0630
Activist Ko Wai Luu charged with incitement Political activist Ko Wai Luu has been arrested and charged with incitement due to his links with the Mi Gyaung Kan protest group, which has been demonstrating in downtown Yangon for more than 270 days.

]]> (Lun Min Mang ) National News Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:15:44 +0630
Witnesses for Koh Tao accused afraid to appear in court: defence Witnesses for two Myanmar migrants accused of murder in Thailand are afraid to appear in court, their legal team says.

]]> (Lun Min Mang) National News Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:12:33 +0630
Kachin activist on trial after seeking justice for slain daughter Human rights groups are pressuring the government to drop a case against a Kachin activist who they say has been on trial for 18 months for allegedly making “false charges” against the military following the death of his daughter.

]]> (Bill O’Toole) National News Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:37:43 +0630
Activists seek clarity on exile return offer Political activists who have returned to Myanmar to take part in the transition to democracy have denounced the government’s recently announced permanent residency policy, and called for a new scheme specifically for exiled politicians.

]]> (Sandar Lwin) National News Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:49:28 +0630