The Myanmar Times
Monday, 28 July 2014
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Hluttaw silent on religious violence

After the latest outbreak of interreligious violence between Buddhist and Muslim communities in Mandalay subsided, President U Thein Sein declared that the incident was incited by an unknown group whose motives remained similarly unclear.

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Sangha avoids confrontation over Dala monastery

The Yangon Region religious authorities have warned a prominent sayadaw that they will remove him from his monastery by force if he does not follow a State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee order to leave. 

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Ministry falls behind on midwife recruitment target

At least 20,000 more volunteer midwives need to be recruited and trained in the next year in order for the Ministry of Health’s to reach a 2015 target aimed at reducing maternal mortality, officials say.

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Police chiefs promise hard line on curfew extortion

Mandalay police chiefs have promised stiff penalties for police found to be extorting money from the public during curfew, which was imposed following communal unrest on July 1. 

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Ministries owe "more than $500 million"

Government ministries have outstanding debts amounting to more than US$500 million, a report prepared by the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw’s Public Account Joint Committee and read to parliament on July 16 showed.

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Mandalay rape claims false, says state media

Myanmar's latest religious clashes began after a Buddhist woman was paid to make false rape claims against two Muslim brothers, state media reported on July 20.

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First independent journalism institute opens in Yangon

The country’s first independent journalism institute has opened in Yangon, offering part-time courses to media professionals with full-time courses set to begin in December.

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SSA-N to blame for fighting, says vice minister

A top military official has laid blame for recent fighting in Shan State on the Shan State Army-North, saying the group trespassed onto land under government control in violation of a 2012 peace agreement.

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Speaker calls on peacemakers to put civilians first

Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Speaker Thura U Shwe Mann has urged stakeholders in the peace process to protect civilians through their actions, rather than their own interests, following repeated clashes between the Tatmadaw and various armed groups.

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Anti-illegal trade mobile teams to expand scope

Mandalay International Airport to be one of three new areas of focus for Ministry of Commerce agents who are aiming to crack down on the country’s ilicit border trade.

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