Saturday, October 01, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Eviction order of highway encampments indefinitely delayed

Tent-dwellers along the Yangon-Mandalay Highway have been granted a reprieve, apparently to avoid making them homeless in the rain, officials say. The bulldozers have been put on hold until further notice, though no eviction date has been set.

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Lack of budget hampering MCDC: mayor

Mandalay City’s municipal authority is staring at a long development to-do list, and a lack of funds to do it with, the mayor told regional lawmakers last week.

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Mandalay increases spending to counter riverbank erosion

After the Ayeyarwady River spilled over its banks and inundated the country’s second-biggest city earlier this year, region authorities are getting to work to stave off a similar fate next year.

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Now wearing leadership mantle, NLD marks 28th anniversary

Celebrating its birthday for the first time as Myanmar’s ruling party, the National League for Democracy marked its 28th anniversary yesterday by emphasising its commitment to national reconciliation and the establishment of a federal state based on the principles of freedom, justice and equality.

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Chipwe, Hsawlaw residents join anti-Myitsone chorus in Kachin State

Residents of Chipwe and Hsawlaw townships in Kachin State have joined growing calls for the government to scrap seven hydropower projects along the Ayeyarwady River, including the controversial Myitsone megadam in neighbouring Myitkyina township.

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Ministry of Home Affairs retracts offer of civilian-controlled departments

Just one month after the Ministry of Home Affairs was heralded for opening up five departments to civilian control, it has swiftly backpeddled on the offer, issuing a “clarification letter”.

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At 2800 deaths annually, maternal mortality second-highest in ASEAN

Nearly 3000 Myanmar women die annually due to complications related to pregnancy and childbirth, according to a Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population report launched yesterday based on data from the 2014 census.

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Residents demonstrate outside Mandalay chief minister’s office

Escalating protests against a military conglomerate-supported gold mine resulted in a stand-off between police and villagers outside regional government offices yesterday.

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Peace Corps comes to Myanmar

In November 2014 US President Barack Obama announced that Peace Corps would open a program in Myanmar – the 141st country to work with the US government-funded organisation, established in 1961. The Myanmar Times spoke with Peace Corps country director Maura Fulton about the organisation’s pilot program in Myanmar.

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Protest staged over jade prospector arrests in Hkamti

More than 2000 people protested the arrests of seven jade prospectors this week in Hkamti township, Sagaing Region, following a government crackdown on people found in possession of illegal gemstones.

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