Sunday, August 28, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

US aid program targets malaria in 33 townships

A campaign led by the US international aid agency aims to fight malaria among more than 3 million people in 33 townships across Kayin and Rakhine states, and Tanintharyi Region over the next five years.

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Blacklisted workers unhireable: activists

Factory owners are circulating a blacklist of about 85 workers associated with trade union activity and the organisation of industrial action. Known activists are finding it increasingly difficult to find employment even as employers are ordered to rehire workers dismissed for union-related activity.

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Powerful quake kills at least three, damages Bagan pagodas

At least three people were killed and more than 100 ancient pagodas and stupas were damaged by a powerful 6.8-magnitude earthquake that struck yesterday near Chauk, a Magwe Region town on the Ayeyarwady River about 30 kilometres (19 miles) south of Bagan.

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Advisory commission formed to seek long-term plan for Rakhine State

Former United Nations secretary general Kofi Annan will head an advisory commission aimed at finding a long-term solution to communal violence in Rakhine State.

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Northern Yangon squatters notified of impending eviction

Squatters living in five villages of northern Yangon Region have been given a September 5 deadline to clear out of their illegal dwellings, according to a press conference held by members of the affected populations.

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Fighting intensifies in Kachin as peace conference approaches

Intense fighting between the Tatmadaw and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) continues with just one week before the start of the 21st-century Panglong Conference, to be held from August 31 to September 4 in Nay Pyi Taw with the hopes of fostering peace between the country’s armed ethnic groups.

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China offers to help Myanmar with water management

China has extended an offer to assist Myanmar with a large-scale project to prevent natural disasters, says the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement.

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Family murder fuels online rumour mill

Yangon police have sought to quell speculation over the quadruple homicide of a former police officer and three of his family members in Mingaladon township last week, after rumours about possible motives and culprits circulated widely on social media.  

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US renews prohibitions on importing jade, rubies

The United States is continuing its tough stance toward Myanmar’s controversial jade and ruby industries.

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Gold-leaf producers feel price pinch

Gold-leaf producers in Mandalay are feeling the squeeze, as rising gold prices, commercial tax and the monsoon season take their toll on the industry.

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