The Myanmar Times
Saturday, 31 January 2015
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Police to DNA test in teacher rape-homicide

Police have announced they will conduct DNA tests on soldiers and residents in a northern village where two young teachers were murdered in a crime that has sparked widespread public anger.

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Students end protest ahead of Feb 1 meeting

Students protesting against the national education law have agreed to suspend their demonstrations on February 1, the day scheduled for the opening of four-party talks on the controversy.


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Gate sparks clash between soldiers, residents in Pyin Oo Lwin

Soldiers have been accused of beating and kicking civilians who complained about a roadblock set up by the military on a path in regular use.


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Govt proposes higher deficit to cover pay rises, social spending

President U Thein Sein’s last budget before the election is a bonanza for the public. Spending will rise in education, health, water quality, the agricultural sector and electricity supply as the percentage of the budget spent on the military continues to fall.

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Kachin MP blames commander-in-chief for latest clashes

Tatmadaw commander-in-chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing bears the most responsibility for repeated outbreaks of fighting in Kachin State, Amyotha Hluttaw representative J Yaw Wu has told The Myanmar Times.

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Child-centred education reform a failure

Attempts to introduce child-centred education to Myanmar’s schools have ended in tears, educators have been told.

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Military proposes 5.5pc budget increase for soldier pay rises

The military has sought approval for a 5.5 percent budget increase in 2015-16, with the additional K137 billion to be used to raise soldiers’ wages in line with a salary increase for civil servants.

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No end yet to Setse beach land dispute

Low-ranking local officials are defying a decision made by Mon State’s chief minister to restore land confiscated more than 30 years ago, residents say.

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Tatmadaw frees more child soldiers

Myanmar's military freed more than 400 child soldiers last year, the United Nations has confirmed, a record number since the Tatmadaw signed a 2012 pact with the UN on the issue.

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Govt, NGOs gear up for battle at Human Rights Council

The battle lines are being drawn over Myanmar’s human rights record ahead of a four-yearly United Nations review later in 2015.

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