Saturday, May 28, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Former MPs: Where are they now?

Hundreds of politicians – most of them from the National League for Democracy – took their seats in parliament for the first time on January 31 following their victories in the November 2015 election.

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Could water taxis solve Yangon’s traffic?

Introducing water taxis could relieve Yangon city congestion, a region MP told parliament yesterday in what some saw as the latest far-fetched proposal to solve the traffic issue.

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Health ministry looks for 1000 doctors

The Ministry of Health is direly short on doctors, and a new plan to recruit 1000 more will barely begin to staunch the gap, according to government officials.

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Isolated Kachin villages face food shortages due to rain

Non-stop rain in northern Kachin State has led to food shortages as damaged infrastructure has made remote townships unreachable, MPs told parliament yesterday. Over 6000 people could be without access to food if roads and bridges are not urgently repaired.

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With increase of patients, doctors want data on gastric disease

Doctors fear a highly spiced country diet could be contributing to the spread of colitis, a painful gastric disease that appears to be increasing, particularly in rural areas. Health experts say they are braced for a rise in the number of cases.

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Falam township runs dry

The agriculture ministry cannot supply Falam township, Chin State, with water, the deputy agriculture minister told parliament on May 26. Replying to a question from local MP Zone Hlal Htan, U Tun Win told the Amyotha Hluttaw, “There is no plan at present to supply water to Falam’s urban area by piping from Laiva Dam.” The deputy minister was speaking on behalf of the Chin State government.

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Shakeup planned for peace joint committee

Members of the Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee will be swapped out during a meeting in Nay Pyi Taw today that will be attended by the state counsellor.

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Resource extraction data needed, MP says

Data will be collected for the conservation of Myanmar’s natural resources in line with the law, the Amyotha Hluttaw’s natural resources and environmental conservation committee has announced.

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Animal lovers collect signatures to stop dog poisoning

Killing dogs violates the precepts of Buddhism, a leading monk has told the regional government as part of a sustained effort by activists to stop the city authorities poisoning strays.

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MPs scrape together education plan for IDP children

Barred from seeking government action in parliament, a Shan State MP is working with local communities to help ensure that the children of families displaced by the fighting receive an education.

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