Sunday, May 29, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Mandalay chief to launch liquor inspections

With the morals of the youth at stake, liquor licences throughout Mandalay Region will soon be subject to scrutiny, according to the chief minister.

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Report on political prisoner rehabilitation released

Advocacy groups are urging the government to amend the constitution and other laws to reduce the number of political prisoners held in the country’s jails.

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Hluttaws revoke oppressive state protection law

Parliament has axed a junta-era state protection law that MPs say was drafted with the intention of imprisoning activists and politicians.

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Monks and nuns to lose wheels

Monks and nuns are no longer allowed to drive motorbikes or cars in Mandalay Region after the local aangha issued an order on May 22.

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Monsoon season advances

More heavy rain is expected in southern Myanmar over the next few days, after which the southwest monsoon will make its way north and envelop the entire country in rain, according to the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology.

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Three people electrocuted in separate accidents

Three people have been electrocuted in separate incidents in Yangon Region on the same day. Two of them, including a boy aged about 16, who has not yet been identified, apparently died in the street as a result of faulty power lines.

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Farmers given strict parameters for concession land

No-show farmers have been put on notice that the land the government sold them has to be used for agriculture – or they may face prison time. The outgoing government granted concessions in respect of nearly half a million acres in Pyin Oo Lwin, Mandalay Region, on condition that it was cultivated.

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Can the new government protect Myanmar’s water resources?

The new government is making all the right noises, but it remains to be seen if and how it can ensure water resources are sustainably prioritised, say water experts.

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Lengthy delays likely in Koh Tao appeal

A defence lawyer for two Myanmar men sentenced to death in Thailand has said he would not be surprised if the appeals process continues another two years.

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Chin residents told natural reservoir no longer seen as a flood threat

Residents who fear that their homes could be flooded if a natural reservoir broke its banks can breathe freely again, the government says.  

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