Monday, September 26, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

KBC to appeal to UN rep over Kachin teachers’ murders

Following a rare verdict last week holding Tatmadaw soldiers accountable for civilian deaths, the Kachin Baptist Convention is preparing a letter to urge a similar mea culpa in a separate case.

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Rare bird endangered by Tanintharyi habit destruction

A rare bird species in Tanintharyi Region is in danger of being wiped out as its habitat is eroded by economic development. The International Union for Conservation of Nature says Gurney’s pitta, said to be the living symbol of the peninsular region, is listed as endangered.

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MP wants more detail on foreign loan proposals

A Pyithu Hluttaw MP is demanding more specifics after the government last week recommended taking out two loans from international lenders totalling more than US$200 million.

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Conservation of Magwe forests, Ayeyarwady River a collective duty, says ex-official

Civil society organisations, relevant government departments and the general public must work together to sustainably manage the Ayeyarwady River and conserve forests in Magwe Region, according to U Than Tun, a retired assistant director of the Forestry Department.

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Majority hold out as Sakura garment dispute drags on

Nearly half of the 316 striking Sakura garment factory workers have returned to work, while the remainder are still holding out to see a reduction of the daily production target that was the primary cause of the work stoppage.

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Calls for further protection for migrant workers

Myanmar's preeminent trade union confederation has called on the government to take action to protect migrant workers from exploitation and unfair treatment abroad.

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12 students score Chevening scholarships

A dozen Myanmar students received Chevening scholarships for study in the UK this academic year, the most ever awarded in the country.

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WWF funds education fellowships

An international environmental advocacy group is to give tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships to allow Myanmar students to pursue their studies. World Wide Fund for Nature Myanmar will present the Education for Nature fellowship awards next March.

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After guilty verdict, families of killed Mong Yaw villagers await compensation

In a rare admission of military misconduct, a Tatmadaw court martial has found seven soldiers guilty of murdering Shan villagers during a botched interrogation. But family members of the deceased victims told The Myanmar Times that the verdict, with its minimal prison terms, fell far short of delivering justice for their loved ones.

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Saffron monk calls for poverty ‘master plan’ at revolution’s anniversary

A leader of the Saffron Revolution yesterday called for a “master plan” to eradicate poverty in Myanmar, at an event marking the ninth anniversary of the popular uprising, which was sparked by deteriorating economic conditions in the country.

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