The Myanmar Times
Thursday, 02 October 2014
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

1.7m families to get power within 5 years

With financial support from international donors, the Ministry of Electric Power will extend electrical power to 1.7 million people over the next five years, deputy minister U Maw Thar Htwe told parliament last week.

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Concerns as agencies take over training

Employment agencies could be facing a conflict of interest in taking over the training of Myanmar citizens preparing to work overseas, a migrant workers’ advocate has warned.

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Gardens to hold photo, logo contests

Pyin Oo Lwin’s National Kandawgyi Botanical gardens will hold photo and logo competitions in December as part of their ninth annual flower festival and 10th annual music festival.

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Accidents on highway fall after crackdown: government

Traffic accidents on a fatal stretch of highway have halved in number since April, as police crack down on speeding, drug and alcohol use among drivers, and fake documents, parliament was told last week.

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State Secrets Act reform rejected

Official secrets in Myanmar are still protected by a 90-year-old law, adopted under colonial rule, whose text has not even been translated into the Myanmar language, MPs heard last week.

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Regional govt suspends new city plan indefinitely

The Yangon Region government has ended weeks of controversy by indefinitely shelving a massive expansion plan on the city’s western fringe.

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Nationwide ceasefire ceremony impossible in October

Hopes for signing a nationwide ceasefire in October have dimmed.

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Landmark project moves forward without ‘critical’ lease extension

Restoration efforts are ongoing on the centrepiece building of a major development project in Yangon backed by business tycoon Serge Pun, despite continued difficulties in securing a critical lease extension for the mixed-use property.

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The price of history: restoring the former railways headquarters

Restoration work is never straightforward but the former Burma Railways headquarters poses particular challenges for those hoping to turn it into a luxury hotel in the coming years.

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Rescue helicopter missing in Hkakabo recovery effort

A Thai helicopter has lost contact with ground control during a search and rescue effort for two missing mountaineers on Southeast Asia's highest peak, officials say.

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