Wednesday, February 10, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

NLD leader ‘must be’ president: U Tin Oo

U Tin  Oo, veteran patron of the National League for Democracy, declared yesterday that he had no desire to become president and that the post must be given to party leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.

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Upper house gets ready to elect next Speaker

A rehearsal was held yesterday for newly elected Amyotha Hluttaw MPs as they prepared for the election of the Speaker and deputy speaker today.

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Permanent secretaries prepped for change of guard

Civil service chiefs, themselves barely a year in the job, are getting ready to meet their new bosses. The permanent secretaries have been preparing for a changing of the guard since last November’s elections resulted in a landslide for the National League for Democracy.

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Upgraded bus system to kick off next week

A Bus Rapid Transit system, designed to relieve traffic congestion in Yangon and increase the safety of commuters, is aiming to launch the second week of February.

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Rakhine government builds homes for displaced people

The Rakhine State government has started building new homes in six villages in Kyauktaw and Mrauk-U townships for civilians who fled fighting between the Arakan Army (AA) and the military last month.

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Child support laws amended

Parliment has revised a colonial-era law that capped child support payments at just K100. Now, husbands sued for alimony will be on the hook for monthly payments of K50,000 per child and can be ordered to financially support their ex-wives as well.

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Dhamma schools lack funds

The Dhamma School Foundation says it aims to establish more than 9000 Buddhist Sunday schools over the next five years, nearly quadrupling the current number. A rise in Buddhist nationalism has increased demand for Dhamma schools to instil the “right way” of living, according to the foundation. In the past few years, Sunday schools have been opened around the country. In Myanmar’s dry zone, a shortage of funding is proving an obstacle for the Magwe Dhamma Schools Committee.

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Experts aim for a quieter Inle Lake

Noise from boats in Inle Lake could be reduced by half, creating a calmer environment for tourists and local residents alike, experts say.

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Police colonel addresses child abduction rumours, human trafficking

On the night of January 14, in Aung Myay Tharzan township, Mandalay Region, a man was beaten to death by a frenzied mob who suspected him of stealing a child. Police say no children have been abducted, and more must be done to stop the spread of false rumours and get the truth out.

The Myanmar Times interviewed Police Colonel Thet Naung on the latest situation.

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U Wirathu condemned and warned over hate speech video

An official of the Ministry of Religious Affairs has cautioned that a graphic video posted on social media by nationalist monk U Wirathu dramatising the rape and murder of a Buddhist woman by Muslim men could lead to court action.

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