The Myanmar Times
Friday, 29 May 2015
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Farmer burns himself to death in protest against army land grab

A farmer has burned himself to death in protest against the seizure of his land by the military. U Myint Aung, 63, of Yepu village in Taunggyi township, Shan State, died of burns in hospital on May 23.

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Myanmar Navy rescues over 200 “Bangladeshis” at sea

Myanmar’s navy rescued 208 migrants from human traffickers close to the coast of Rakhine State early on Friday, according to officials who said the survivors were all Bangladeshis.

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Farmers quit USDP en masse over land confiscation

Angry farmers are deserting the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party in Bago Region, claiming their local MP broke a promise to help them get their land back.

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Malaysian PM orders search and rescue operation

Malaysia yesterday ordered a “search and rescue” mission for thousands of refugees and migrants adrift in the Andaman Sea, although it remained unclear when and where people would actually be brought to land and given shelter.

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Senior US official presses president over Rohingya crisis

A senior US official yesterday maintained international pressure on Myanmar to deal with the humanitarian crisis facing Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State and help those held at sea by human traffickers.

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US embassy urges caution following attacks in taxis

Warning to US citizens prompted by attempted sexual assault on a female passenger earlier this month.


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Millions driving unlicensed: government

A whopping 30 percent of drivers – about 1.5 million – have no licence, a transport official has revealed, although the number could be even higher.

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Three activists jailed for protests

Three pro-democracy activists were jailed for three months each on May 20 at Kyauktada township court.

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Tatmadaw calls for talks with Kachin

Kachin Independence Organisation leaders are still considering how to respond to an urgent request from the Tatmadaw to negotiate, in a bid to end heavy fighting that broke out earlier this month.

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Lecturer who led protests to face court

Lecturer U Wai Yan Aung will learn today if he has been found guilty of offences in connection with the student marches on Yangon in March.

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