The Myanmar Times
Tuesday, 29 July 2014
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Home Affairs seeks to remedy border concerns

The department for hom eaffairs is forming legislation to allow its border police force to tackle issues along the Bangladesh border in northern Rakhine, with officials confirming local militias have received firearms training.

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Rakhine IDP camp conditions 'deplorable'

A senior United Nations official says Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) should be allowed to resume work in Rakhine State without hindrance, as she warned that health conditions in Rakhine State IDP camps have become “deplorable”.

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Extra security promised for Taungbyone nat festival

Recent violence in Mandalay will not affect the annual Taungbyone nat festival but officials have promised heightened security at the event, which begins this week in Madaya township.

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Confusion over Pathein coal plant stokes tension

Civil society groups are calling for greater transparency regarding the future of a coal-fired power plant in Ayeyarwady Region’s Pathein township.

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Ethnic leaders begin conference in Laiza

Ethnic leaders were locked in talks over the weekend aimed at resolving disagreements over a proposed nationwide ceasefire agreement, and pave the way for the signing of the accord and the start of political dialogue.

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Migrants flock to Thailand for worker registration

Tens of thousands of new migrants from Myanmar have flooded into Thailand in recent weeks because of a new worker registration scheme launched on June 30, a labour rights network says.

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‘Now we will be able to send our kids to school’

The registration of migrant workers in Thailand is being welcomed with cautious optimism from people who now feel they will not have to operate in secrecy.

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More heavy rain expected this week

A low pressure area forming in the Bay of Bengal will intensify the monsoon rains this week, a senior Department of Meteorology and Hydrology official says.

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Free and fair? Opposition says no

Political parties say a new directive issued by the Union Election Commission that will place tight restrictions on campaigning means next year’s election is unlikely to be free or fair, as tension grows between opposition forces and the military-backed establishment over the country’s political future.

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Israeli embassy hits out over coverage of Gaza conflict

Israeli officials in Yangon have criticised The Myanmar Times for publishing an article about the fighting in Gaza, describing it as unbalanced and providing a skewed version of events.

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