The Myanmar Times
Saturday, 01 November 2014
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Sangha to crack down on bogus monks

Senior clergy have launched a crackdown on mendicants who masquerade as monks to solicit money and food from passers-by, as well as abbots who send novices across the city to collect alms in popular tourist areas.

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Voters to stamp ballots once again

Voters will mark their choice in next year’s general election by stamping the appropriate box, rather than making a tick or cross with a pen, the Union Election Commission has decided. Officials say the reason for the change is to reduce complaints of ambiguity.

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Commission to hold human rights and agribusiness workshop

Land grabs and other issues involving human rights are to be investigated by the country’s top human rights body.

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EU meets civil society to discuss support

Nearly 80 civil society organisations met with European Union representatives in Yangon last week to find out how the EU can support the transition to democracy in Myanmar.

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CSOs to give input on Open Government Partnership bid

Civil society groups will meet this weekend to discuss the government’s plan to join the Open Government Partnership, an international standard to improve government transparency and fight corruption.

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Government requests K2.2 trillion as tax revenue rises 20pc

The Union government has asked MPs to approve an additional K2.2 trillion for the 2014-15 financial year, as it revealed that tax revenues for the year are likely to be 20 percent higher than initial forecasts, pushing the tax to GDP ratio close to 9pc.

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At media forum, judiciary in the spotlight

Cramped courts hidden down back alleys with half-trained staff – that was the picture of the nation’s judiciary that emerged from a frank exchange of views in Nay Pyi Taw recently.

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Civil society reps discuss challenges of transition

Civil society representatives met last week in Yangon to discuss a range of issues central to the transition to democracy, and to the country’s future.

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Student unions vow to continue protests against education law

The All Burma Federation of Student Unions - known as Ba Ka Tha - and the University Students Union have announced plans for more protests against the newly enacted national education law.

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An ownership dispute with a twist

Confusion has emerged over the ownership structure of popular free-to-air channel MRTV-4.


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