The Myanmar Times
Friday, 25 April 2014
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Thingyan float timber-smuggling ruse thwarted

Seven trucks bearing environmental messages and decked out in Thingyan decorations were caught carrying over 60 tonnes of illegal timber on April 15.


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Former political prisoners behind bars again

UK-based rights group Burma Campaign UK has appealed to President U Thein Sein, calling for the release of two former political prisoners recently jailed again for their part in organising a peaceful protest.

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Teachers jailed over downtown madrasa fire in 2013

Two Islamic teachers charged over a deadly fire in a madrasa in downtown Yangon have been sentenced to eight years in prison for negligence.

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Risqué business: Grand Royal embroiled in pandal scandal

Local whiskey-maker Grand Royal has been placed on a Thingyan blacklist, with the scantily clad dancers brought in from Thailand for its pandal deemed an affront on tradition by the authorities. 


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Pyinmana residents farewell U Win Tin

A ceremony to honour Hantharwaddy U Win Tin was held at the headquarters of the National League for Democracy in Pyinmana township, and before the Bogyoke Aung San bronze statue at Shan Kan on April 23.

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Increase in criminal charges during water festival

Police have reported a rise in the number of people charged with criminal offences during this year’s water festival but said the number of deaths during the four-day celebration more than halved on 2013, to 15.

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Tatmadaw returns confiscated land to Sagaing farmers

More than 500 acres (200 hectares) of farmland confiscated by the Tatmadaw in Sagaing Region almost two decades ago has been restored to its owners.


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Crime Beat

A roundup of crime news from the Yangon region and beyond.


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Mandalay chief minister charged with negligence over house fire

Mandalay Region’s chief minister  is facing up to three years in prison following a recent fire at his house in Aung Myay Thar San township.


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Set in stone: Myanmar asks for help decoding tablet

The Ministry of Culture has requested the help of Indian archaeologists to translate a recently discovered stone inscription that they believe is the oldest so far found in Myanmar.

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