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The Myanmar Times

Residents demand land for cottage hospital in Popa village

Local residents and about 50 monks demonstrated in support of allocating land for a 16-bed hospital in Mandalay Region’s Kyaukpadaung township yesterday. Ownership of the land is being contested by farmers.

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Sakura factory workers will not be paid for protests, production quota up in the air

The Central Arbitration Council altered a ruling from the Yangon Regional Arbitration Council on September 14, upholding a requirement that the Sakura garment factory in Hlaing Tharyar township’s No 3 industrial zone rehire all 316 striking workers but reversing the stipulation that the owner pay them for the month-and-a-half they spent protesting.

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Rainy season to conclude with an extra dousing

Thunderstorms and isolated heavy rain should be expected until the end of the month due to unstable atmospheric conditions caused by the monsoon withdrawal period, said U Kyaw Lwin Oo, director of the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology.

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Signboard vandalism plagues MCDC election

After only eight days of canvassing, more than 70 signs posted by Mandalay City Development Committee candidates have been torn down. The vandalism appears to be increasing day by day, an election committee member who spoke on condition of anonymity said on September 14.

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Ministry gets tough on licences for foreign guests

Guesthouse owners have criticised a government decision they say will stop them taking in foreign tourists. Under the law, owners who let rooms to foreign guests without a licence could be jailed for three years.

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US restores Myanmar’s trade GSP, vows end to sanctions

US President Barack Obama moved last night to restore trade benefits to Myanmar, saying broader sanctions would soon be scrapped as he hosted state counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi at the White House.

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Labour rights reforms and impatient unions a challenge for NLD

Myanmar’s growing industrial workforce is becoming increasingly unionised and assertive.

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Emergency Provisions Act debated in upper house

Discussion on abolishing the Emergency Provisions Act began in the upper house yesterday, as MPs mull a bill that would do away with national security legislation that was widely used in the past to stifle political dissent.

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Rejection of Rakhine advisory body approved by state hluttaw

A proposal rejecting the legitimacy of the Rakhine State Advisory Commission and its activities was approved by the Rakhine State legislature yesterday during a hluttaw session, in a vote of questionable practical significance.

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Govt sidesteps controversial Thanlwin in hydropower push

Plans for three hydropower dams in Shan State are going forward amid calls for a halt to some of the most controversial on the Thanlwin River, though none of the three projects is sited on the as-yet-undammed waterway.

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