The Myanmar Times
Friday, 06 March 2015
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Blocked workers stage sit-in protest

Hundreds of police halt garment factory workers from marching to downtown Yangon, as police set deadline for demonstrators to disperse.

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Unions criticise sacking payout plan

Worker representatives have criticised proposals to pay compensation to employees dismissed without cause or as a result of their employers’ closure as unfair.

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Press Council calls for clarity on Kokang reporting

The Myanmar Press Council (Interim) has expressed concern over the possible prosecution of journalists covering the conflict in Kokang under martial law restrictions imposed in the northern Shan State border area.

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Deadlock continues as student demonstration enters third day

Riot police yesterday corralled dozens of student protesters calling for education reform after activists defied official orders to disband and the tense deadlock entered a third day.

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Political parties wary of foreign election aid

Pledges of financial assistance by six Western governments and the European Union in the run-up to November’s general elections have left political parties confused over who will benefit and the legality of foreign aid.

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Social welfare in spotlight as budget debate set to resume

A comprehensive social protections policy that spans the lifecycle from pregnant women to the elderly is set to kick off this year – if advocates can secure a budget for the plan.

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Agents object to rules on new outbound tour licence

A plan to issue licences to tour companies to organise overseas trips has been criticised for being too restrictive, with more than 100 registered agents complaining against the new rules.

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Traffic police to get broader powers

Drivers who ignore the paltry fines imposed under old laws could be taken off the road completely, as Yangon’s traffic police start to punish infractions by withdrawing licences.

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Updated Yangon electoral rolls to open in March

Voters from the 10 least-populated townships in Yangon Region are being urged to check that their names are properly recorded when electoral rolls go on display at the end of March.

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Drugs blamed for Homalin crime spree

Young drug addicts have embarked on a rampage of burglary and bag-snatching, terrorising residents, villagers in Sagaing Region say. The crime spree is taking place in Tae Za Lauk village, Homalin township.

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