The Myanmar Times
Monday, 24 November 2014
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

White card-holders cut from voting in referendum

Holders of temporary identification documents – better known as white cards – are likely to be barred from voting in a national referendum on constitutional change proposed for May 2015.

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Land consultations too short, CSOs warn

Civil society groups have called on the government to give them more time to respond to a draft national land-use policy, saying that planned consultations due to end at the end of the month have been too rushed.

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Shwekyin meeting scheduled for January

At least 1000 members of the Buddhist clergy are expected to attend a conference in Yangon Region’s Hmawbi township in early 2015, the organising committee said.

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Demands grow for minimum wage

Workers’ rights activists are demanding that the government take action to carry out labour laws enacted in March last year. One says failure to do so amounts to a continuation of forced labour.

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Talks between Shan, Pa-O break down

The chair of the Pa-O National Liberation Organisation (PNLO) has ruled out further negotiations with the Shan State Army-South (SSA-South) after the two armed groups clashed over a territorial dispute.

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Workshop highlights dangers to Myeik

A plan to establish marine protected areas in Myeik Archipelago in southernmost Myanmar was backed by officials from several ministries at a workshop in Tanintharyi Region last week.

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Power struggle

As Myanmar rushes to plug the power gap, activists warn of worsening tensions in ethnic minority border areas, where such projects have long brought bloodshed and upheaval -- but little energy.

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Hluttaw to push Malaysia on attacks

Parliament will write, in English, to the speaker of the Malaysian legislature requesting action over the treatment of Myanmar migrant workers in Malaysia, it was decided last week.

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Constitution change delay creates confusion, concern

Opposition parties have reacted with shock and confusion to the announcement by the powerful hluttaw speaker, Thura U Shwe Mann, that no amendments will be made to the constitution until after next year’s elections.

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Referendum bill submitted to parliament

Parliament has already begun preparing to hold a nationwide referendum on the constitution next May.

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