The Myanmar Times
Sunday, 21 December 2014
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Divisions in Yangon hluttaw over 12-way talks

Yangon Region parliamentarians are divided on the question of how many ethnic groups should be represented in talks between national political leaders.

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Civil society group releases guide to elections for voters, politicians

A civil society organisation plans to introduce an education guide for voting this month aimed at improving public participation in politics, a spokesperson said.

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Voter overhaul nears phase two

Voter registration will soon enter its second stage in 14 townships of Yangon Region, an electoral official told The Myanmar Times last week.

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Peace players question federal army formation

The reactivation of a federal army by 12 ethnic armed groups has raised questions among players in the peace process about whether the grouping might prove itself to be counterproductive and raise tensions between the government and ethnic groups.

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ABSDF to discuss KIA shelling with union peace team

Members of the government peace team and the All Burma Students’ Democratic Front are expected to meet this week to review ceasefire implementation and discuss a recent Tatmadaw attack that killed two ABSDF members training with the KIA.

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Two rare Irrawaddy dolphins found dead

Only 22 Irrawaddy dolphins are thought to remain in a 74-kilometre (46-mile) protected zone of the Ayeyarwady River after the remains of two dolphins were found on December 4.

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Human trafficking cases rise in 2014

Police made 216 arrests in a total of 108 human trafficking cases between January and the end of November this year, as Myanmar seeks to avoid being downgraded – and potentially hit with sanctions – on a US watch list for trafficking.

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Ward, village election voting unfair: survey

A survey has found that two-thirds of people believe every eligible adult should be allowed to vote in ward and village-tract administrator elections, rather than the current system of one vote per household.

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Steam train returns to rails for weekly Bagan tourist jaunt

Ferroequinologists are being lured to Myanmar with a vintage steam train that will begin puffing its way along a 55-kilometre (34-mile) stretch of track between Bagan and Kyaukpadaung in Mandalay Region this week.

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ICRC to build physical rehab centres in Kachin, Shan states

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) announced last week that it will build physical rehabilitation centres in Myitkyina township in Kachin State and Kengtung township in eastern Shan State next year to support people living with disabilities, including land-mine victims.

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