The Myanmar Times
Saturday, 23 May 2015
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Families fight university land grab

Residents arrested and detained for resisting attempts to evict them from their homes have accused Mandalay’s Yatanarpon University of “tyranny” directed against women.

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Handful of payouts after Rakhine ferry sinking

Insurance officials are appealing to the families of the victims of the Aung Takon 3 ferry disaster to come forward to claim compensation.

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UN urges rescue of 2000 people stranded off Rakhine

Some 2000 men, women and children are believed to be stranded on human traffickers’ boats off Myanmar’s Rakhine State coast and are in urgent need of help, the UN Refugee Agency said yesterday as it appealed to the government to intervene.

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Dept warns of heavy rain to May 25

Unstable conditions in the Bay of Bengal and the advancing southwest monsoon will bring “severe” weather to coastal areas, including Rakhine State, over the next week, meteorologists said yesterday.

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Philippines refuge offer in doubt

Officials in the Philippines were unable yesterday to confirm a widely reported offer by their government to accept thousands of people trapped aboard abandoned smugglers’ boats in the Andaman Sea.

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Ethnic groups to meet over ceasefire proposal

Myanmar’s armed ethnic groups are to meet next week in Chiang Mai to consider the government’s offer of a “nationwide” ceasefire pact that would exclude three factions fighting in the Kokang region but with a promise of bilateral talks once they halt military operations.

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Fears as stricken vessel disappears from radar

Concerns are growing for those on board a boat carrying suspected Rohingya refugees that has been missing for three days after it was pushed out of Thai waters near the southern island of Ko Lipe on May 16.

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School exam results to go online

Scenes of students celebrating – or commiserating – as they jostle to read their matriculation results on the school notice board at midnight could be a thing of the past.

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Untouched Kabyar Wa beach faces an uncertain future

Government has awarded 13km of beach to a private firm, but not all are convinced it is the best way forward.

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Official blasts ‘narrow-minded’ opponents of crematorium

A township official in rural Sagaing Region has lashed out at local critics of a new crematorium as “narrow-minded bigots” after they voiced fears about the smells that would emanate from the building.

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