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

Risk of military political role becoming ‘entrenched’: ICG

The military’s constitutionally-enshrined formal role in national politics has again come under scrutiny, with ICG warning there is a strong chance the military will seek to maintain its grip on 25 percent of parliamentary seats “longer than is healthy”.


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U Win Tin farewelled in Yangon

Hundreds of mourners gathered on April 23 for the funeral of U Win Tin, former journalist and giant of Myanmar's pro-democracy movement, in an outpouring of grief for one of the country's best loved champions of freedom.


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Constitutional change essential for democracy, says Suu Kyi

Myanmar's opposition leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has warned that the country, despite a spate of reforms hailed by the international community, "is not yet a democracy".

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Myanmar ship crew escape pirate kidnapping

Armed pirates boarded a Singapore-managed oil tanker in the Strait of Malacca, kidnapping three Indonesian crew and stealing some of the vessel's shipment of diesel fuel.

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Veteran pro-democracy campaigner U Win Tin dies

U Win Tin, one of the founders of Myanmar's pro-democracy opposition and its longest-serving political prisoner, died on April 21 aged 84 after striving for decades to bring freedom to a nation under military dictatorship.

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Old identity, new identification for Mandalay minorities

For a long time, many in Myanmar have held two affiliations – what it says on their national registration cards and what it says in their hearts.

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YCDC backflips on car parking charges

Yangon City Development Committee has reversed a decision to do away with parking fees across the city after just one year.

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Labour activists decry government ‘interference’

Labour rights activists have accused the government of interfering in the process of selecting representatives for the country’s workers in an international conference.

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Sri Ksetra treasures to go on display abroad for the first time

A landmark exhibition opens in New York next week exploring the ancient kingdoms of Southeast Asia and introducing to the outside world the first treasures from Myanmar seen abroad.


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Pickup prices slashed in latest import tax change

Dual-cab pickup trucks have emerged as the key beneficiary of the latest round of the Ministry of Commerce’s tax cuts on vehicle imports, say industry sources.

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