The Myanmar Times
Tuesday, 16 September 2014
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

First women graduate from officer training

The first female military officers in more than five decades graduated from training today in a ceremony attended by Commander-in-Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing.

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Census ends long-standing question on population

Decades of speculation have been brought to an end. Myanmar’s population, estimated in recent years at anywhere from 45-70 million, stands at 51,419,420, the Central Census Committee announced on August 29.

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MPs lead charge as critics slam city plan

The Yangon Region government’s proposal for a massive city expansion project with a mysterious public company linked to Chinese interests has sparked intense debate.

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Government backflips on expansion contract

The Yangon Region government has backtracked on its controversial decision to award the contract for a 30,000-acre city expansion project to a little-known public company, announcing that it would instead conduct a tender.

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More rain likely in September

Coastal areas can expect further heavy rainfall in September, the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology warned last week, ahead of the official end of the monsoon season on October 10.

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MP to take fight against YCDC to Nay Pyi Taw

A regional parliamentarian whose proposal to abolish and re-form Yangon City Development Committee according to the law was rejected says she will take her fight to the national legislature – and possibly the Constitutional Tribunal.

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Taiwan honours troops killed in Myanmar

Taiwan last week honoured tens of thousands of Chinese Nationalist soldiers killed in World War II in Myanmar, many of whom came to the rescue of British troops.

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Human rights less important than ‘nationalism’: senior monk

A Senior Buddhist monk has urged political parties to prioritise “nationalism” – or “the interest of national ethnic groups and citizens” – over human rights.

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Ceasefire to be sent for hluttaw approval: negotiators

The government has promised armed ethnic groups that agreements arising out of the nationwide ceasefire and subsequent political dialogue will be enshrined in legislation, peace negotiators from both sides say.

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Push on for higher alcohol taxes

Health chiefs are planning to rein in alcohol use through a five-point plan to improve the nation’s health – and maybe cut crime. 

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