The Myanmar Times
Tuesday, 21 October 2014
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

At media forum, judiciary in the spotlight

Cramped courts hidden down back alleys with half-trained staff – that was the picture of the nation’s judiciary that emerged from a frank exchange of views in Nay Pyi Taw recently.

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Civil society reps discuss challenges of transition

Civil society representatives met last week in Yangon to discuss a range of issues central to the transition to democracy, and to the country’s future.

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Student unions vow to continue protests against education law

The All Burma Federation of Student Unions - known as Ba Ka Tha - and the University Students Union have announced plans for more protests against the newly enacted national education law.

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An ownership dispute with a twist

Confusion has emerged over the ownership structure of popular free-to-air channel MRTV-4.


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British woman makes appeal for Anglo-Burmese stem cell donor

A British mother-of-two who urgently needs a bone marrow transplant is appealing to those of Anglo-Burmese descent to register at their nearest bone marrow registry to see if they are a “perfect match” donor who could save her life.

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Ebola goes viral in Special Branch blunder

Yangon police have taken the unusual step of confirming that a poster in a downtown hotel lobby calling for information on the whereabouts of four people alleged to have the Ebola virus was the work of a junior Special Branch officer attempting to gather intelligence about persons of interest including a Democratic Voice of Burma journalist and a foreign businessman.

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MPs draft petition after former minister jailed for 13 years

Fifty members of parliament have signed an appeal letter to President U Thein Sein calling for the release of former Minister for Religious Affairs U San Sint, who has been handed a 13-year sentence.

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Chinese mining firm drops charges against student activist

In a stunning reversal, all charges against a student accused of kidnapping two Chinese engineers working for the Letpadaung copper mine have been dropped.


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Four men given 10 years’ jail over Mandalay conflict killing

Amid protests and accusations of torture by police, four men have been sentenced to 10 years in prison with hard labour for a murder committed during Mandalay’s inter-communal violence of July 2014.

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Rohingya face regional discrimination

A new report has accused Thailand and Malaysia of perpetrating similar discrimination against the Muslim Rohingya as that which prompted them to flee Rakhine State.

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