The Myanmar Times
Thursday, 30 July 2015
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Chinese smugglers hit with life terms

In an effort to make an example and curtail rampant illegal logging, the Myitkyina District Court metted out the maximum sentence of life imprisonment to over 150 Chinese loggers who were arrested in January along with a major haul of illegal timber and drugs.

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Military bans campaigning on its turf

The Tatmadaw has banned campaigning in military compounds, drawing protests from political parties who say the restrictions would favour the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party, and prejudice a free and fair election.

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Ministry rejects bids for Yegu site

Decision not to select any of the two bids avoids a possible showdown with parliament, which had ordered a halt to the tender.

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BBC reporter denies assault charge

A BBC reporter charged with assaulting a police constable says he acted to save the officer from being knocked down.

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Visa-free travel to Thailand to start in September

Travel between Thailand and Myanmar will soon become easier for citizens of the neighbouring nations who will no longer need a visa if arriving by air for trips of 14 days or less, according the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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Home affairs ministry defiant on political prisoner definition

Despite opposition parliamentarians’ efforts, the push for an official definition of “political prisoners” isn’t picking up traction with the government, which maintains that there is neither a need nor a plan to establish the term.

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Earthquake shakes Bago Region

A slight 4.7-magnitude earthquake jolted some townships in Bago Region yesterday morning, but no damage was reported.

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University rector preps for election

Outgoing Yangon University rector U Aung Thu says he has accepted an offer from the National League for Democracy to join the party and contest the November elections.

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Commission rejects request for more time on candidates

With the countdown to the November elections well under way, the National League for Democracy expressed fears yesterday that the party did not have enough time to select its candidates and submit its official lists.

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Ethnic political parties seek alliance with NLD

An alliance of ethnic political parties has formally proposed joining forces with the National League for Democracy for the November 8 general election.

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