Friday, January 20, 2017
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Report urges review of land laws to protect small-scale farmers

An evaluation of land use and farming laws by a local civil society group has concluded that the current legislative framework legalises unfair land confiscations, penalises small-scale farmers and discriminates against women owning, selling or inheriting land.

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MPs rankle at Speaker’s strict housekeeping

Attention, class! I don’t want to see you reading newspapers. Proposals are discouraged and difficult questions unwelcome. And if you’re not properly dressed, you will be asked to leave.

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Department of Agriculture to open call centre

The Department of Agriculture has plans to open a call centre aimed at quickly answering agricultural questions from farmers throughout Myanmar.

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Villagers demand investigation into gold mines

Mandalay farmers have staged a sit-in for the past four days in protest of gold mines they claim have encroached on their land. The Wet Tae village residents are demanding the government suspend the mining activities until the conclusion of an investigation.

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Health ministry plans to increase funding for medical research

State-funded medical research will receive a slight budget boost in the coming financial year with the ministry planning on pooling the windfall into a grant program for the 16 universities with medical research departments, according to the health official heading the research department.  

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USDP stays local for by-election

First capture seats in the by-election, then stage a full on 2020 comeback. Such are the plans of the Union Solidarity and Development Party, the only political party contesting every constituency in the April by-election.

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Rakhine trip was productive, says UN special rapporteur

Despite some bumps in the road, rebuffed meeting requests, and denial of access to some areas, the UN special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar told reporters in Sittwe yesterday that she believes her three-day visit to Rakhine State was productive.

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Two suspects in murder case released

Two suspects under investigation for the murder of a Monywa-based journalist were released from police custody yesterday.

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Namhsan IDPs in dire need of supplies

Scores of internally displaced persons (IDP) from the ethnic Palaung community are in dire need of food and medical supplies after they fled Namhsan amid fierce fighting between the military and armed ethnic groups.

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Amnesty Intl starts petition over missing church leaders

Amnesty International yesterday called on the government to launch an immediate investigation into the whereabouts of two Kachin Baptist Church leaders who disappeared on December 24. The two men were last seen near a military outpost in Shan State’s Mong Koe township.

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