The Myanmar Times
Tuesday, 04 August 2015
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Draft press council election rules block unregistered groups

Industry associations that do not formally register with the government would have no voice in election.

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NGO vows to assist rejected candidates

An electoral NGO has said it will keep a close eye on whether the Union Election Commission rejects any of the candidates to be selected by political parties in advance of the November 8 election.

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Ethnic groups seek common ground

Ethnic groups under the umbrella of the United Nationalities Alliance (UNA) launched their third annual conference in Yangon yesterday with the aim of focusing on the peace process and agreeing on a future political dialogue with the government.

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Opposition joins farewell for MP U Aung Thaung

More than 100 people attended the funeral of former ruling party strongman U Aung Thaung, one of the country’s most controversial political figures, at Yangon’s Yayway cemetery yesterday, with opposition figures among those paying their respects.

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Myanmar retains second-to-worst spot on US trafficking list

After a four-week delay and a leaked ranking controversy, the US released its 2015 Trafficking in Persons report last night, keeping Myanmar positioned one notch above the worst offenders.

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Proposed minimum wage gains traction with employers

After initial rejection and amid some continued reluctance, most employers are now ready to accept the K3600 a day minimum wage, provided a few conditions are met, the Ministry of Labour said.

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Kayin State government green-lights first B&Bs

Kayin State is set to welcome the country’s first official bed and breakfasts, officials say – even before the legal regulations for licensing are put in place.

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Consumer protection to be beefed up

Mandalay is not Asia’s dumping ground, say the city’s consumer advocates.


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UEC blames voters for unchecked lists

Voters are to blame if they lose their right to vote by failing to check the voters’ list, even if the list is defective, parliament heard.

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Ethnic parties dismiss the vice president seat as only ‘for show’

Ethnic political parties are showing little interest in the post of vice president in the next government although – or perhaps because – it has been set aside for an ethnic politician, political analysts are saying.

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