National News The Myanmar Times has the latest news from across Myanmar. http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news.html Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:27:59 +0630 en-gb Giant snails destroy paddy in Mon State http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/11486-giant-snails-destroy-paddy-in-mon-state.html http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/11486-giant-snails-destroy-paddy-in-mon-state.html Monster snails as large as an adult’s fist have destroyed acres of paddy plantation in Mon State, farmers said last week.

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kyawzaya387@gmail.com (Cherry Thein) National News Thu, 28 Aug 2014 08:24:17 +0630
Irrawaddy dolphin numbers drop http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/mandalay-upper-myanmar/11485-irrawaddy-dolphin-numbers-drop.html http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/mandalay-upper-myanmar/11485-irrawaddy-dolphin-numbers-drop.html Electric-shock fishing and the use of small-mesh nets has killed off many Irrawaddy dolphins, the Mandalay fisheries department says.

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kyawzaya387@gmail.com (Maung Zaw) Mandalay & Upper Myanmar Thu, 28 Aug 2014 08:20:47 +0630
Young model killed after row with boyfriend http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/11484-young-model-killed-after-row-with-boyfriend.html http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/11484-young-model-killed-after-row-with-boyfriend.html 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.

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kyawzaya387@gmail.com (Toe Wai Aung) National News Thu, 28 Aug 2014 08:17:27 +0630
WHO looks to Germany to test blood samples for Ebola http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/11483-who-looks-to-germany-to-test-blood-samples-for-ebola.html http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/11483-who-looks-to-germany-to-test-blood-samples-for-ebola.html Blood samples from patients who may have the deadly Ebola virus are to be sent to Germany for analysis, the World Health Organisation says.

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kyawzaya387@gmail.com (Shwe Yee Saw Myint) National News Thu, 28 Aug 2014 06:08:18 +0630
Nyaung Oo farmers suffer through drought conditions http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/mandalay-upper-myanmar/11481-nyaung-oo-farmers-suffer-through-drought-conditions.html http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/mandalay-upper-myanmar/11481-nyaung-oo-farmers-suffer-through-drought-conditions.html

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

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kyawzaya387@gmail.com (Si Thu Lwin) Mandalay & Upper Myanmar Thu, 28 Aug 2014 05:29:16 +0630
Ethnic leaders want Suu Kyi in on ceasefire http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/11450-ethnic-leaders-want-suu-kyi-in-on-ceasefire.html http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/11450-ethnic-leaders-want-suu-kyi-in-on-ceasefire.html 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.

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kyawzaya387@gmail.com (Ye Mon) National News Mon, 25 Aug 2014 05:22:22 +0630
Parliamentary commission proposes open list PR system http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/11449-parliamentary-commission-proposes-open-list-pr-system.html http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/11449-parliamentary-commission-proposes-open-list-pr-system.html 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.

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kyawzaya387@gmail.com (Ei Ei Toe Lwin) National News Mon, 25 Aug 2014 05:20:31 +0630
Army will discuss federalism http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/11448-army-will-discuss-federalism.html http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/11448-army-will-discuss-federalism.html 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.

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kyawzaya387@gmail.com (Sandar Lwin) National News Mon, 25 Aug 2014 05:18:27 +0630
President wants civil service to change mind-set over corruption http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/11447-president-wants-civil-service-to-change-mind-set-over-corruption.html http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/11447-president-wants-civil-service-to-change-mind-set-over-corruption.html

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.

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kyawzaya387@gmail.com (Ei Ei Toe Lwin) National News Mon, 25 Aug 2014 05:00:12 +0630
Activists on trial http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/11446-activists-on-trial.html http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/11446-activists-on-trial.html

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.

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kyawzaya387@gmail.com (Bill O’Toole) National News Mon, 25 Aug 2014 04:54:09 +0630