Thursday, May 05, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

U Shwe Mann fights party expulsion

Ousted Union Solidarity and Development Party leader Thura U Shwe Mann says he will keep fighting against his expulsion from the former ruling party, dismissing speculation that he intends to set up a new political organisation or join the National League for Democracy.

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Rakhine chief minister says IDPs from all communities need aid

Rakhine State’s new chief minister says both Buddhist and Muslim communities displaced by conflict need more aid before the onset of the monsoon season.

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Fourteen refugees found abandoned in forest a year after Thai crackdown

More than a dozen refugees abandoned by people smugglers have been found in a southern Thai forest, police said yesterday, almost a year after a crackdown which has forced traffickers to find new routes.

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Ma Hta Tha acts on holiday graft

Transport chiefs say holiday ticket touts have struck again, ignoring stern warnings against overcharging passengers eager to get home for Thingyan. U Nyunt Wai, chair of Ma Hta Tha, the Yangon Region Supervisory Committee for Motor Vehicles, said it had fined 35 bus companies nearly K4 million after receiving dozens of complaints.

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From blogger to MP, Nay Phone Latt talks on land grabs and bribes

A well-known blogger and new National League for Democracy MP, Nay Phone Latt, won a seat in Yangon Region parliament in Thingangyun township in November’s election, becoming one the NLD’s youngest MPs. Born in 1980 as Nay Myo Kyaw, he adopted his pen name for his writings during the former junta.

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Landmine scare rocks Shan trekking hopes

A landmine explosion that injured two foreign tourists and their guide while trekking in Shan State has served as a bleak reminder of the deadly legacy of decades of civil war – just as poorer remote areas of Myanmar were looking forward to an economic boost from the democracy dividend.

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Police find head, body in Pazundaung creek

Police found a headless body and body-less head near a creek in Dawabon township, but said the two don’t belong together.

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U Shwe Mann says he has no plan to set up new party

Thura U Shwe Mann, the former Speaker ousted from the USDP this week, says he has no plans to set up a new party or join the National League for Democracy.

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Landmine blast wounds German tourists, guide

Two German travellers and their local guide were wounded by shrapnel from a landmine in north Myanmar, close to an area of recent heavy fighting between ethnic minority rebel groups, officials said today.

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Daw Suu to meet military, armed groups

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is scheduled today to hold her first meeting since taking office with representatives of the military and ethnic armed groups that signed the nationwide ceasefire agreement, according to a senior general.

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