Monday, May 02, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

U Shwe Mann says he has no plan to set up new party

Thura U Shwe Mann, the former Speaker ousted from the USDP this week, says he has no plans to set up a new party or join the National League for Democracy.

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Landmine blast wounds German tourists, guide

Two German travellers and their local guide were wounded by shrapnel from a landmine in north Myanmar, close to an area of recent heavy fighting between ethnic minority rebel groups, officials said today.

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Daw Suu to meet military, armed groups

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is scheduled today to hold her first meeting since taking office with representatives of the military and ethnic armed groups that signed the nationwide ceasefire agreement, according to a senior general.

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Peace activists call on authorities to intervene over Shwedagon incidents

Interfaith peace activists are calling on Yangon’s new regional government to respond to a campaign by nationalist monks to evict Muslim vendors from the area of Shwedagon Pagoda, the nation’s spiritual epicentre.

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Shwe Mann to hold press conference as Tatmadaw takes a swipe

The recently expelled former head of the Union Solidarity and Development Party Thura U Shwe Mann will hold an urgent press conference today to bring attention to what he has termed the wrongful ousting of himself and 16 other party members.

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Buddhist monk continues stupa-building spree

Despite intervention by the state government and the police, a prominent monk in Kayin State has erected another stupa, this time in a Muslim area.

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U Gambira convicted, given six-month sentence

Former Saffron Revolution monk U Gambira was convicted yesterday of what critics have called spurious and politically motivated charges.

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NLD cracks down on nepotism

In an attempt to end nepotism inside the government, the minister of the President’s Office issued an order banning officials from appointing relatives or spouses as personal assistants.

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EU arms embargo extended for one year

The European Union has extended its long-standing arms embargo against Myanmar by one year, after which the decision will be reviewed again.

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Court delays land-grab hearing over two dozen times

Two farmers charged with squatting on land they say was confiscated from them by the government have been told to wait even longer for their case to be dealt with. U Kyaw Min and U Bo Maung had been told the case would be handled by Nay Pyi Taw City Development Committee court by April 25, but the judge deferred the case again until May 9.

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