Thursday, August 25, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Zalone designated a conservation zone

Zalone Mountain is to be declared a conservation zone, MPs have been informed. In response to a question from Sagaing Region MP U Khin Maung Win (NLD; Sagaing 7), Conservation Minister U Ohn Win told the Amyotha Hluttaw on August 15 that the move would now go ahead.

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Environmentalism grows in Pyin Oo Lwin

Fighting back against deforestation and climate change, villagers in Pyin Oo Lwin, Mandalay Region, have been organising groups to bring back the green to their communities. So far five villages have formed sein lan, or green space, conservation groups to preserve natural resources.

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Workers contest Thai court’s ruling

In a case that threatens to turn the spotlight on alleged abuses in Thailand’s poultry farming industry, 14 Myanmar migrant workers are to press ahead with demands for substantial compensation from a factory in Lopburi province.

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Defamation hearing today in ‘big rooster’ Facebook case

The alleged owner of the Facebook account “Kyat Pha Gyi” will stand trial today, more than seven months after he was arrested and charged with defamation for Facebook posts deemed insulting to the military commander-in-chief and former president U Thein Sein, according to the defendant’s lawyer.

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Speeding bus driver kills motorcyclist

A bus driver is facing criminal charges after being involved in a series of deadly collisions in the early hours of August 17. Ko Wai Lin Maung, 37, who lives in Kayan township, Yangon Region, was driving his Fuso passenger bus toward Yangon along Thanlyin Thone Kwa Road near Phayar Gone village when he lost control at speed, colliding with a Hyundai bus ahead of him.

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Heroines, heroes and villains

In the second part in a two-part series, Andrew Sleth takes a look at superheroes and more in Myanmar comics.

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CSOs urge Chinese president to terminate Myitsone project

Sixty civil society organisations (CSOs) in Myanmar asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to stop the Myitsone dam project on the Ayeyarwady River in a letter sent yesterday through the Chinese ambassador in Yangon.

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FM in China with dam project on agenda

Foreign Minister Daw Aung San Suu Kyi met Chinese Premier Li Keqiang yesterday as Myanmar seeks to cement ties with Beijing – long the former military junta’s protector.

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Shan oppose dams on Thanlwin

Over 20,000 residents of communities along Shan State’s Thanlwin River have signed a petition to present to State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, voicing their opposition to various planned hydropower projects in the area.

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Still without invite, Kokang groups willing to attend Panglong

Three ethnic armed groups have announced that they would willingly participate in the 21st-century Pang­long conference, scheduled to start on August 31, despite the fact they have not been extended an invitation.

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