Sunday, February 14, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Military MPs providing check and balance on committees

Military representatives have been nominated for positions in all parliamentary committees so far, and MPs have welcomed their participation.

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Two fires leave hundreds of families homeless

Over 1000 people have been left homeless after fires this weekend blazed through Namhsan in northern Shan State and Labutta in Ayeyarwady Region.

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Political pensions allotted at half the expected amount

Political pensions, lump-sum payouts awarded to MPs for their service, are shaping up to be less than half of the promised K5 million.

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Thura U Shwe Mann appointed to head own legislative commission

Once deemed by leaked US cables to be Myanmar’s “dictator-in-waiting” and eyed as a serious presidential contender, Thura U Shwe Mann has been relegated to the offices of a legislative committee he created.

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Despite rise in deadly accidents, seat belts not catching on

The penalties for failing to fasten your seat belt may include a K30,000 fine and a broken neck.

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Forged passports seized en route to Malaysia

Three women travelling to Malaysia on fake passports were apprehended at Yangon airport.

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"The first point is stability": U Nyi Pu, NLD chair in Rakhine State

The Myanmar Times’ Nyan Lynn Aung interviews U Nyi Pu, National League for Democracy’s chair for Rakhine State and a Pyithu Hluttaw representative from Gwa township constituency 2, also rumoured to be in line for the state chief minister’s post.

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More fighting and more abductions: Northern Shan villages robbed of children

As they put on their new dresses and checked their make-up, Nang Kyan Khan and Nang Htwe Yin were excited about the festival ahead. At 7pm on December 28 the two pre-school teachers said goodbye to their families in remote Mong Paine village and left in a taxi – a rare treat – which the fun-loving 20-year-olds had hired to take them over the rough tracks of northern Shan and into neighbouring Nant Onn. They never made the celebrations.

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Yangon’s deepening housing crisis leaves families on the streets

The number has surged from an estimate of 65,000 at the end of 2013 on government and privately owned land, but no official survey has been done since, U Win Naing, deputy director of housing development in the Ministry of Construction, told The Myanmar Times in mid-January. It has been suggested that there may be as many as 2 million squatters.

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Rights commission slams govt for not helping squatters

Forced evictions in Yangon and Mandalay last month have led to the creation of a “new breed of roadside squatters”, according to the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission.

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