The Myanmar Times
Wednesday, 22 October 2014
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

MPs agree to join arms convention

The Pyidaungsu Hluttaw last week approved the president’s request that Myanmar become a member country of the 1972 Biological Weapons Convention.

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Ministry of Home Affairs flags softer penalties for drug use

Sentences for those convicted of drug use, which range from five to 15 years, are under review, Deputy Minister for Home Affairs Brigadier General Kyaw Kyaw Tun has told MPs.

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Call for stricter development rules in Bagan after UNESCO meeting

An improved inventory of temples and stricter enforcement of heritage laws is needed for Bagan to be placed on the World Heritage List, a government official said last week following a meeting between the Ministry of Culture and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

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Media forum attendees focus on laws, judiciary

The free flow of information is being blocked by law, media representatives said at a forum in Nay Pyi Taw on government relations with the media.

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Rescue pilot found dead in Kachin

A Myanmar pilot who was missing for over a week after his helicopter lost contact during a relief mission has been found dead in a remote northern forest.

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Ma Ba Tha monks, laymen fight outside North Dagon court

A senior  monk from the Committee for the Protection of Nationality and Religion – better known as Ma Ba Tha – could face criminal charges after he tried to snatch a camera from the hand of the relative of a defendant in a court case, prompting a scuffle between monks and supporters of the defendant.

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Over K1 billion paid out to Bago farmers

Farmers whose crops were damaged due to flooding in August are receiving compensation, Deputy Minister for Agriculture and Irrigation U Khin Zaw has confirmed.

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Former MI general among 3000+ prisoners released

President U Thein Sein has freed more than 3000 prisoners, including at least one former senior member of Military Intelligence who was imprisoned following a purge nearly a decade ago.

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Minister signals shake up to loss making state enterprises

The government will continue to assess the future of loss-making state enterprises, two ministers said last week, after revealing that almost half are losing money.

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Migrant activists send team to assist the accused in Koh Tao

A group of migrant rights advocates based in Myanmar has sent a team of legal advisers to assist two Myanmar men who allegedly confessed to murdering two British tourists on the island of Koh Tao in southern Thailand.

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