Saturday, August 27, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

U-Report aims to give youth a voice in policy draft

A program called U-Report, run by UNICEF and the Department of Social Welfare, intends to collect opinions from youth in order to draw up the Myanmar Youth Policy.

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Bridge to ease Mandalay-Muse traffic

A series of new road projects are planned to ease overland transportation woes between Myanmar and China.

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UN Secretary General to attend Panglong Conference

United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon will attend a landmark peace conference in Myanmar this month, an official and armed group confirmed yesterday, bolstering the new government’s drive to end decades of fighting in Myanmar’s borderlands.

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MP sees peace dividend for health, education sectors

An Amyotha Hluttaw lawmaker anticipates a peace dividend for Myanmar’s education and healthcare sectors if decades of civil war can be brought to an end, saying money allocated to the Ministry of Defence could be directed elsewhere once the fighting stops.

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Pyidaungsu Hluttaw approves debt management strategy

MPs have approved a strategy for managing the country’s US$9 billion in foreign debt. The plan, which the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw approved on August 19 after a brief debate, is based on the Medium-term Debt Management Strategy proposed by the President’s Office.

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By-election slated for 2017: UEC

Two townships in southern Shan State could be set to vote on their vacant parliamentary allocations in 2017, with the Union Election Commission (UEC) announcing a by-election is likely to take place early next year.

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Shan farmers protest Nao Pha dam project

With the future of the controversial Myitsone dam project apparently still in doubt following Foreign Minister Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s visit to China, local residents in Shan State are making their position on similar projects clear.

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ILAM asks for list of suspended lawyers

Lawyers wrongly disbarred under previous government administrations may regain the right to practise.

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Labour reps want new council members

Labour representatives on a key employment disputes resolution body should be elected by workers themselves, Mandalay union representatives are insisting. They are protesting against a decision to reselect members of the local Arbitration Council who, they say, were not properly elected.

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China promises to shore up border as foreign minister’s trip ends

Foreign Minister Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has ended her five-day trip to China, returning to Yangon yesterday.

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