The Myanmar Times
Saturday, 04 July 2015
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Labour unions, employers to fight minimum wage proposal

In a strictly temporary marriage of convenience, both labour and some employer representatives are criticising the government’s announcement last week that the minimum wage should be K3600 (about US$3.20) for an eight-hour day.

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Military MPs oppose changes to judicial provisions in constitution

Proposed changes to the constitution that some have warned could weaken judicial independence appear likely to be vetoed by the military, whose representatives yesterday spoke out against the amendments.

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Charges loom for directors of futures trading firm

According to one report, the brokerage company may have defrauded clients of US$1.48 million.

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DKBA, Tatmadaw fight over illegal highway tolls

A dispute over taxation on the highway to the Thai border prompted the Tatmadaw and the Democratic Karen Benevolent Army (DKBA) to exchange fire in recent days, according to sources.

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Tensions rise in jade-rich Hpakant

The Tatmadaw is reported to have increased its presence in jade-rich Hpakant to beef up security for mostly China-Myanmar joint venture companies following a series of clashes in the isolated area of Kachin State.

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Monk decries corruption and abuse of power in Sangha

An outspoken monk has launched a fierce attack on corruption and abuse of authority in the clergy.


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Classifications for disabilities proposed

Schools and workplaces should make special arrangements to accommodate people with physical and mental disabilities, a workshop heard this week.

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Consultations wrap up on drafting land-use policy

Discussions focused on the participation of ethnic community groups and rights groups in decision-making.

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ASEAN launches trafficking victim fund

Southeast Asian countries yesterday launched a fund to share the cost of hosting human trafficking victims, after a regional migrant crisis saw victims ping-ponged between countries reluctant to accept them.

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Donors promise $105m in loans for infrastructure

Loans of US$45 million from French development agency AFD and $60 million from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) are expected to receive parliamentary approval in the coming weeks to improve Mandalay’s water supply, garbage disposal systems and transportation systems.

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