The Myanmar Times
Thursday, 30 October 2014
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

MP proposes another electoral system as NLD opposition firms

Apparently unsatisfied with the eight competing electoral systems already under discussion in parliament for use in next year’s general election, one hluttaw member has come up with a ninth.

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Political talks to take place in President's house

Speculation is rife following a sudden invitation by President U Thein Sein to political and military leaders to attend a meeting at his house on “national reconciliation” on October 31. 

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Wake up and smell the ‘budding rose’, UN rep tells rights rapporteur

Myanmar's top diplomat at the United Nations has reiterated calls for the country to be dropped from the group’s human rights agenda, as he accused the international community of overlooking the reforms undertaken by the government over the past three years.

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ASEAN Summit delays next round of peace talks

Talks between the government and representatives of armed ethnic groups aimed at reaching a nationwide ceasefire will resume after the ASEAN Summit in November, a member of the Myanmar Peace Center said last week, but denied suggestions the delay was due to a “deadlock” in talks.

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KNU moves to delay Kawthoolei Armed Forces proposal

The proposed unification of Kayin ethnic armed groups into the Kawthoolei Armed Forces continues to stir controversy, as a one-day meeting convened to discuss it was extended to three days.

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DKBA rejects link to killed freelance journalist

The Democratic Karen Benevolent Army has rejected Tatmadaw allegations that a freelance journalists killed in military custody was one of its members.

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Thai court dismisses charges against migrant activist Andy Hall

A Bangkok court dismissed defamation charges against migrant rights activist Andy Hall on October 29 on the ground that the police did not sufficiently involve the Thai Attorney General’s office or Mr Hall’s defense team during their investigation and interrogation of Mr Hall.

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Hanthawaddy contract awarded to Singapore-led consortium

A US$1.4-billion contract for an airport outside Yangon has been awarded to a Singapore-led consortium, the Department of Civil Aviation has announced, after talks with the original tender winner stalled earlier this year.

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Parents of Koh Tao accused allowed prison visit

The parents of two migrants accused of killing a British couple on the Thai island of Koh Tao have had the chance to visit the pair in detention.

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Activists charged after protesting killing of journalist

Mandalay activists face charges after holding a candlelight protest on October 27 to call for an investigation into the death of journalist Ko Par Gyi.

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