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

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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‘Unity’ reporter was just 23 days into new job

Ten years in jail for typing up a set of handwritten notes and emailing them to Yangon. It sounds like something that might have occurred under the military regime – but not here, not now.

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MSF invited back to Rakhine State

AID agency Médecins Sans Frontières-Holland (MSF) has been invited to resume operations in Rakhine State, according to state media.

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UN calls for more social spending

United Nations Development Programme experts have recommended Myanmar cut back on military spending and focus on social services, warning that the lack of protection for at-risk populations could halt or even reverse development progress in Myanmar.

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Ethnic MPs boycott voting system debate

The Pyithu Hluttaw has agreed to discuss the introduction of proportional representation, helped in part by many ethnic MPs boycotting the vote to show their opposition to the proposal, which has sharply divided the political landscape.

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Facebook takes steps to combat hate speech

Facebook will speed up the translation of its community standards and guidelines into Myanmar language, an official said at a seminar in Yangon on Sunday, in an effort to combat online hate speech following deadly unrest in Mandalay earlier this month.

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