Sunday, February 14, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Fearing water shortages, Myingyan residents protest reclamation

Farmers are protesting against a plan they say will reduce their water supply. They say water is so short they have already been forced to abandon growing paddy and switch to beans and pulses.

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First trickle of disputes hit incoming region MPs

In what is expected to be the first of a flood of land-grab cases, a deputation of farmers has petitioned Ayeyarwady Region hluttaw, now under firm National League for Democracy control, in the hope of recovering their farmland.

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Land feud heats up the capital

Frustrated former landowners in Nay Pyi Taw who have seized back their confiscated plots could soon face legal action, officials say.

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Fresh arrest for Facebook satire

Perhaps inspired by the draconian measures taken against other social media pranksters, a Yangon resident decided to goad Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing online.

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‘We will not be adversarial,’ insists new ANP speaker

Taking office as Speaker in what might well be the most complex and politically charged of Myanmar’s 14 states and regions, U San Kyaw Hla is anticipating an “exciting” time as the new MPs take their seats.

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Obama urged to raise human rights with ASEAN leaders

Parliamentarians in Southeast Asia have called on President Barack Obama to emphasise human rights and democracy when he hosts ASEAN leaders next week.

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Road safety campaigner passes away

Myanmar’s nascent road safety lobby has lost one of its strongest advocates.

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Cool mornings set to continue

The cool mornings of the past week are set to continue over the next seven days, but warmer daytime temperatures are also on the way, the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology says.

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Clashes spread in Shan State

Hundreds of civilians in northern Shan State are reported to have fled a sudden offensive by government forces and separate fighting between two ethnic armed groups, while senior monks are intervening to help villagers trapped in the war zone.

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Empty villages stand testimony to ever-more-bitter ethnic conflict

The village near Kutkai in northern Shan State is eerily quiet, except for the plaintive, unanswered wails of a tiny child crouched outside a fence surrounding a wooden stilt house. As the assistant village head later explains, “Half the population has left in the last two months. There are no men left here aged under 40.”

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