Saturday, April 30, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Billions planned to stem water shortages

Mandalay Region government is to spend billions bringing drinking water to more than 100 villages that they fear could run dry over the next few weeks.

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What do you think about the new government?

One month in to the new National League for Democracy's term, Myanmar Times correspondents Thu Thu Aung and Zaw Zaw Htwe took to the streets to ask Myanmar citizens what they think of the new government's performance – and whether it's had an effect on their lives yet.

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NLD leader’s physician tipped to take part in peace process

Officially wading into the peace process for the first time since the National League for Democracy administration took office, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi yesterday revealed a rough outline for the path the new government intends to chart, as well as who could be leading it.

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U Shwe Mann fights party expulsion

Ousted Union Solidarity and Development Party leader Thura U Shwe Mann says he will keep fighting against his expulsion from the former ruling party, dismissing speculation that he intends to set up a new political organisation or join the National League for Democracy.

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Rakhine chief minister says IDPs from all communities need aid

Rakhine State’s new chief minister says both Buddhist and Muslim communities displaced by conflict need more aid before the onset of the monsoon season.

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Fourteen refugees found abandoned in forest a year after Thai crackdown

More than a dozen refugees abandoned by people smugglers have been found in a southern Thai forest, police said yesterday, almost a year after a crackdown which has forced traffickers to find new routes.

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Ma Hta Tha acts on holiday graft

Transport chiefs say holiday ticket touts have struck again, ignoring stern warnings against overcharging passengers eager to get home for Thingyan. U Nyunt Wai, chair of Ma Hta Tha, the Yangon Region Supervisory Committee for Motor Vehicles, said it had fined 35 bus companies nearly K4 million after receiving dozens of complaints.

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From blogger to MP, Nay Phone Latt talks on land grabs and bribes

A well-known blogger and new National League for Democracy MP, Nay Phone Latt, won a seat in Yangon Region parliament in Thingangyun township in November’s election, becoming one the NLD’s youngest MPs. Born in 1980 as Nay Myo Kyaw, he adopted his pen name for his writings during the former junta.

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Landmine scare rocks Shan trekking hopes

A landmine explosion that injured two foreign tourists and their guide while trekking in Shan State has served as a bleak reminder of the deadly legacy of decades of civil war – just as poorer remote areas of Myanmar were looking forward to an economic boost from the democracy dividend.

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Police find head, body in Pazundaung creek

Police found a headless body and body-less head near a creek in Dawabon township, but said the two don’t belong together.

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