The Myanmar Times
Wednesday, 01 October 2014
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Minister insists broadcast sector has full media freedom

Minister for Information U Ye Htut has insisted that the broadcast media sector already enjoys full editorial freedom, despite it being controlled by a handful of proprietors hand-picked by the previous military regime.

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Mangrove planters get prison sentences

Four environmental activists were sentenced to jail terms by Ayeyarwady Region court on September 23.

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Government to launch second ethnic TV channel

The Ministry of Information plans to launch another ethnic affairs television channel before the end of next year, a senior official said last week.

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1.7m families to get power within 5 years

With financial support from international donors, the Ministry of Electric Power will extend electrical power to 1.7 million people over the next five years, deputy minister U Maw Thar Htwe told parliament last week.

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Concerns as agencies take over training

Employment agencies could be facing a conflict of interest in taking over the training of Myanmar citizens preparing to work overseas, a migrant workers’ advocate has warned.

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Gardens to hold photo, logo contests

Pyin Oo Lwin’s National Kandawgyi Botanical gardens will hold photo and logo competitions in December as part of their ninth annual flower festival and 10th annual music festival.

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Accidents on highway fall after crackdown: government

Traffic accidents on a fatal stretch of highway have halved in number since April, as police crack down on speeding, drug and alcohol use among drivers, and fake documents, parliament was told last week.

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State Secrets Act reform rejected

Official secrets in Myanmar are still protected by a 90-year-old law, adopted under colonial rule, whose text has not even been translated into the Myanmar language, MPs heard last week.

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Regional govt suspends new city plan indefinitely

The Yangon Region government has ended weeks of controversy by indefinitely shelving a massive expansion plan on the city’s western fringe.

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Nationwide ceasefire ceremony impossible in October

Hopes for signing a nationwide ceasefire in October have dimmed.

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