Tuesday, May 31, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

City’s landless to be moved to ‘rehabilitation’ camps

Landless , extorted and often violently evicted, Yangon’s unofficial tenants will now be shipped into “rehabilitation” camps as part of the new government’s plan to address the squatter issue.

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Jade miners still at work in Hpakant despite landslide risk

Hundreds of people were still working yesterday in the jade mines of Hpakant, Kachin State, despite continuing downpours that had triggered a lethal landslide on May 23.

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Speaker nixes proposals to debate recent fighting

Two MPs who tried to urge parliament to act to stop outbreaks of fighting in Rakhine and Shan states say they have been sidelined by the Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker. Last week, Daw Khin Saw Wai, an Arakan National Party MP for Rathedaung township, Rakhine State, tried to submit an urgent proposal pressing the government to support the delivery of aid to displaced people in the north of the state. Speaker U Win Myint rejected the proposal.

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IDPs struggle in Kachin resettlement village

Though home to nearly 1000 people, Ngwe Pyaw San Pya village at the foot of In Khaing Buam Hill in Kachin State welcomes visitors with an overwhelming silence.

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ICRC to build orthopaedic centres in conflict zones

The International Committee of the Red Cross will soon establish two new orthopaedic centres in Kachin and Shan states, two regions of Myanmar heavily affected by armed conflict.

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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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