Thursday, July 28, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

After long delay, religious census data proves less ‘sensitive’ than anticipated

Long-awaited census data on religion,kept hushed for nearly two years for fear it would “shatter” stability,was finally released yesterday.The numbers were met with relief,scepticism and, mostly, confusion, as the data reflected notably miniscule changes in balance since the previous counts despite the lapse of decades.

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BBC reporter walks free after judge halves sentence

An imprisoned reporter for the BBC’s Myanmar-language service was released yesterday after a judge in Mandalay Region commuted the three-month sentence. Ko Nay Myo Lin was imprisoned following an altercation with a police officer last year during student protests.

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Escaped fishermen ask officials to save those still enslaved

Eleven former slaves who recently escaped a fishing village in Tanintharyi Region’s Yephyu township have asked government officials to save the rest of the human-trafficking victims in the area.

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One man’s fight to save the lake

In a bamboo stilt house surrounded by kayaks, bicycles and other trappings of nature tourism, Zwe Zaw Zaw Hein is teaching village children about the value of their local environment, a desperate bid to save the wildlife rich expanse of Indawgyi Lake from destruction.

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Golden promises turn sour in Indawgyi

A Myanmar Times investigation reveals the country’s largest lake could shrink by one-third within 10 years as illicit gold mining in the area around Indawgyi reserve pollutes the lake, threatening endangered species and denting hopes of UNESCO recognition.

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Rakhine govt launching thrice-delayed 100-day plan

“Better late than never”, residents of Rakhine State might well be saying after the state government reveals its “100-day” initiatives today, having postponed the public disclosure three times previously.

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Workers fear police raids, as pink card deadline looms

With the deadline to register for temporary work permits swiftly approaching, migrant workers in Thailand say they are being subjected to a rash of police raids.

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Culture minister eyes permanent 8888 memorial

The 8888 memorial hall – commemorating the 1988 student uprising – may soon become a more permanent fixture, the Union minister for religion and culture said.

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Search for fabled Dhammazedi Bell continues

They seek it here. They seek it there. They seek the elusive Dhammazedi Bell everywhere.

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Fault slip under Myanmar could see massive earthquake, study warns

Faults lurking under Myanmar, as well as Bangladesh and India, could produce a magnitude-9.0 earthquake, according to a new study by Columbia University geologists.

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