The Myanmar Times
Sunday, 26 April 2015
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Pioneering bus line forced to lay off staff as losses mount

A joint attempt by the government and private sector to solve many of the problems of Yangon’s traffic congestion is close to collapse.

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Familiar faces nominated to run for USDP

Most Union Solidarity and Development Party MPs and government ministers have been nominated by the party to stand again in this year’s election, a senior official said yesterday, although it appears likely some older members will step aside.

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SNLD complains of being left out of loop on talks

A major ethnic group has complained of being left out of the six-way talks on revising the constitution. On April 22, the Shan Nationalities League for Democracy (SNLD) issued a statement criticising the representative of ethnic groups taking part in the talks.

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Myanmar under pressure over human trafficking in Rakhine

A human rights group lobbied the United States on April 22 to rank Myanmar among the worst human trafficking offenders in the world for “driving” ethnic minorities into the slave trade.

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In Yangon, flight of sporting fancy

Yangon’s Kyaikkasan sports ground – a former racecourse – is until April 26 playing host to a combat sport where cutthroat-sharp glass wire is a key ingredient to success and the winner is the last kite standing.

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Government, KIO teams to meet after fighting erupts

An urgent meeting has been convened to stop fighting in Kachin State that has been raging for nearly a week. Representatives of the government and the Kachin Independence Organisation will meet in Myitkyina, Kachin State, within days.

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Delayed regional rollout of EITI expected in May: activist

The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) process is to be expanded to the state and region level by May, starting with Mandalay Region, it was announced yesterday.

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Independence guarantees for new medical council in doubt

While nominally independent under new law, medical council will comprise mostly government officials.


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Malaysia seeks to shift blame on workers

Get your own house in order: That was Malaysia’s response to criticisms of its treatment of migrant workers aired at the ASEAN People’s Forum yesterday.

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Operators seek India visa delay fix

Pilgimage market is being stifled by slow approval of India visas, with waiting periods of up to a month.

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