The Myanmar Times
Wednesday, 04 March 2015
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Judges still feel the heat despite steps to reform

The justice system strives for independence but is still being subjected to influence and pressures from the government, judges said at a workshop earlier this month.

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Vintage cars roll into Mandalay

A cavalcade of veteran and vintage automobiles entered Mandalay this week as the latest and final stage of a Southeast Asian tour.

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Fog of war shrouds truth on civilian casualties

Conflicting accounts are emerging of atrocities against civilians in Kokang.

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Students meet speaker as MPs ready for debate

Student leaders last week met Pyi-daungsu Hluttaw Speaker Thura U Shwe Mann to discuss the timeline for the approval of changes to the National Education Law, amid a dispute with the ministry over differing versions of the draft amendments.

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Protests highlight labour law shortcomings: activists

Labour groups have blamed weaknesses in the legal framework for an outbreak of protests at factories in Yangon that has resulted in confrontations between workers and police.

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OMI continues freedom of information push

Open Myanmar Initiative (OMI) will continue to press for a freedom of information law, its spokesperson said last week. On February 28, OMI was to host a workshop at Yangon's Orchid Hotel for representatives of non-governmental sectors on the issue.

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Mandalay uni stops politics lecture

Mandalay University authorities last week cancelled a planned presentation by a prominent foreign journalist just an hour before it was due to go ahead.

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Kokang on agenda at March talks

Fighting in the Kokang region between the Tatmadaw and a local ethnic armed group will be up for discussion at the next round of peace talks, but Kokang representatives will likely be barred from the talks.

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MPs approve next round of $700 million China loan

Succeding on its second try, the government persuaded has Pyidaungsu Hluttaw to accept a US$300 million from Exim Bank of China on February 25, but only after lengthy debate.

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Thousands of birds culled after Monywa flu outbreak

Poultry breeders have moved fast to control an outbreak of bird flu, state-owned media have reported.

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