The Myanmar Times
Sunday, 21 December 2014
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Myanmar maintains position on list of world’s least developed countries

Myanmar has again been named one of the world’s least developed countries in a report from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) – a distinction the government is reportedly working toward shedding.

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UNICEF to study education for disabled

The United Nations Children’s Fund is planning to boost education for children with disabilities, its Myanmar representative announced last week.

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Government backs down on highway bus GPS plan

The government has delayed the introduction of a global positioning satellite (GPS) system on the highway bus network following complaints from bus owners that it will do little to improve safety.

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South Korea contributes US$22m to rural development efforts

South Korea is supplying Myanmar with US$22 million for the New Village Project, a five-year plan aimed at introducing rural development and poverty reduction schemes in 100 villages throughout the country.

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Rector criticises government dhamma publications

A senior Buddhist expert has criticised an office of the Ministry of Religious Affairs for issuing unauthorised commentaries on Buddhist doctrine.

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Permanent resident policy takes shape

Foreign professionals, technicians and investors, spouses of Myanmar citizens, and former Myanmar citizens who renounced their nationality after seeking asylum overseas will be eligible to apply for permanent resident status from December 29.

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Govt pledges closer cooperation along India’s troubled border

Efforts to tackle illegal activities – including insurgency and drug trafficking – along Myanmar’s border with India will be stepped up, Deputy Minister for Home Affairs Brigadier General Kyaw Zan Myint said last week.

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Calls grow louder for repeal of Unlawful Association Act

The Unlawful Association Act is harming public participation in the peace process because people are too scared to interact with ethnic armed groups, say ethnic leaders and activists who are calling for it to be repealed.

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Dolphin tourism sets a new course

Irrawaddy dolphin tourism is set for a revival, with authorities offering a three-day course in freshwater dolphin behaviour and conservation, including a one-night field observation trip.

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More blocks hit streets as YCDC marks bus lanes

Concrete blocks were laid out at regular intervals on one of Yangon’s main roads last week by the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) to beef up newly marked bus lanes.

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