The Myanmar Times
Friday, 29 August 2014
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Govt targets political dialogue in early 2015

Chief government peace negotiator U Aung Min says he wants political dialogue to begin in early 2015, after a nationwide ceasefire agreement is signed later this year.

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Informal talks build momentum for peace

Peace negotiators say they're optimistic a Yangon meeting will be the penultimate round of talks before a ceasefire draft is complete, but ruled out the chance of finalising an agreement in the coming days.

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Heavy rain to continue to end of August

July rainfall in coastal areas up significantly on the 30-year average, with Yangon recording a 38 percent increase on its average of 51.2cm.

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Little joy after Ramadan for Muslims in Meiktila’s camps

Girls and young women in brightly coloured dresses and laden with food parcels, many heavy with vermicelli pudding, dodge the rain in Meiktila.

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Hluttaw stays silent on conflicts

After the latest outbreak of interreligious violence between Buddhist and Muslim communities in Mandalay subsided, President U Thein Sein declared that the incident was incited by an unknown group whose motives remained unclear.

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Draft policy to tackle advertisements for sub-par products

The Ministry of Information has proposed new rules for advertising aimed at cracking down on poor-quality products and fake promotions, but sources in marketing and ad sales say they may prove difficult to implement and harm local businesses.

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Leading Buddhist group under corruption cloud

Leaders of a century-old organisation central to the country’s independence struggle are mired in conflict, leading to the expulsion of central executive committee members and the launching of an inquiry into alleged corruption.

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Ayeyarwady River level rises in Mandalay

The level of the Ayeyarwady River at Mandalay has declined slightly after a rapid rise during the month of July, but officials say it could still reach its danger point.

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Traffic boss calls for tougher punishments

A Nay Pyi Taw traffic police official says community road safety awareness programs have so far had little impact on the number of accidents occurring in the capital.

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Government to receive foreign loans for road repairs

The Pyidaungsu Hluttaw has approved a US$80 million loan from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to upgrade the Maubin-Pyapon road in Ayeyarwady Region, and could get another $120 million for a road in Kachin State.

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