National News The Myanmar Times has the latest news from across Myanmar. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:27:59 +0630 en-gb Giant snails destroy paddy in Mon State Monster snails as large as an adult’s fist have destroyed acres of paddy plantation in Mon State, farmers said last week.

]]> (Cherry Thein) National News Thu, 28 Aug 2014 08:24:17 +0630
Irrawaddy dolphin numbers drop Electric-shock fishing and the use of small-mesh nets has killed off many Irrawaddy dolphins, the Mandalay fisheries department says.

]]> (Maung Zaw) Mandalay & Upper Myanmar Thu, 28 Aug 2014 08:20:47 +0630
Young model killed after row with boyfriend Police say they have charged a 22-year-old man with murder in relation to the death of a budding model, who died from stab wounds last week.

]]> (Toe Wai Aung) National News Thu, 28 Aug 2014 08:17:27 +0630
WHO looks to Germany to test blood samples for Ebola Blood samples from patients who may have the deadly Ebola virus are to be sent to Germany for analysis, the World Health Organisation says.

]]> (Shwe Yee Saw Myint) National News Thu, 28 Aug 2014 06:08:18 +0630
Nyaung Oo farmers suffer through drought conditions

Amid fierce monsoon conditions elsewhere, farmers in Mandalay Region are complaining of drought. 

]]> (Si Thu Lwin) Mandalay & Upper Myanmar Thu, 28 Aug 2014 05:29:16 +0630
Ethnic leaders want Suu Kyi in on ceasefire Leaders of ethnic armed groups say they want Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to observe the signing of the nationwide ceasefire agreement and the accompanying political dialogue.

]]> (Ye Mon) National News Mon, 25 Aug 2014 05:22:22 +0630
Parliamentary commission proposes open list PR system In another step towards introducing the controversial proportional representation (PR) electoral system, a parliamentary commission decided last week to recommend to the Amyotha Hluttaw that an open-list proportional representation system should be introduced for next year’s general election.

]]> (Ei Ei Toe Lwin) National News Mon, 25 Aug 2014 05:20:31 +0630
Army will discuss federalism The Tatmadaw has agreed to discuss the potential formation of a federal army, one of the ethnic armed groups’ key demands in the ongoing peace process.

]]> (Sandar Lwin) National News Mon, 25 Aug 2014 05:18:27 +0630
President wants civil service to change mind-set over corruption

Corruption is still rife in the civil service, President U Thein Sein has reminded his cabinet colleagues during a regular meeting of senior government ministers at the Presidential Palace in Nay Pyi Taw last week.

]]> (Ei Ei Toe Lwin) National News Mon, 25 Aug 2014 05:00:12 +0630
Activists on trial

Two verdicts last week highlight a justice system that is targeting human rights defenders and the government is only paying lip service to reform, a UK group says.

]]> (Bill O’Toole) National News Mon, 25 Aug 2014 04:54:09 +0630