The Myanmar Times
Wednesday, 08 July 2015
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Donors promise $105m in loans for infrastructure

Loans of US$45 million from French development agency AFD and $60 million from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) are expected to receive parliamentary approval in the coming weeks to improve Mandalay’s water supply, garbage disposal systems and transportation systems.

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Military opposes chief minister selection reform

Constitutional amendment to give regions the right to choose chief ministers is considered crucial for peace.

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A region scarred by war struggles to recover

When armed conflict descended on the Kokang Self-administered Zone earlier this year, education was among the casualties.

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Speaker proposes holding referendum with election

Voters should be given the chance to confirm or reject parliament’s decision to make a one-word change to the constitution during the general election, Speaker Thura U Shwe Mann told MPs yesterday.

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Five students to face protest charges

Police are to charge five students for staging a protest in downtown Yangon without permission.

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Ethnic negotiators prepare for fresh talks

Prospects for a nationwide ceasefire have dimmed since ethnic groups announced the formation of a new negotiating team and changes to the draft text signed in March.

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Amnesty warns of new boat ‘disaster’ in region

Amnesty international has condemned Southeast Asian governments for failing to sufficiently protect refugees and migrants, one month after a key regional summit on the crisis that saw thousands of people stuck adrift at sea in dire conditions.

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Armed groups, government, businesses behind Kayin land grabs: report

Ceasefire talks have created new problems in Kayin areas, including confiscation of previously insaccessible property.

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Prominent MP attends trial of actor accused of murder

A prominent parliamentarian yesterday attended the murder trial of a famous actor and director, who stands accused of killing a woman from the MP’s constituency.

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Japan donates solar-powered lamps for polling booths

The Japanese government has donated nearly US$900,000 to fund the purchase of solar-powered lamps to help electoral officials count votes overnight in the coming elections.

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