The Myanmar Times
Wednesday, 23 April 2014
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Intl community condemns Sittwe violence

Members of the international community have condemned attacks on international aid and UN operations in the Rakhine State capital of Sittwe and are calling on the Myanmar government to insure the protection of aid workers in the restive area.

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Panthay Muslims protect their name

Members of the Chinese Muslim group in Mandalay hope that holding their own census will prove to the government that they should be officially recognised as one of Myanmar’s ethnic groups and help them to bolster their unique identity.

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Pyin Oo Lwin demonstrators call for constitution changes

Pyin Oo Lwin, home of the Defence Service Academy, was the site of protests last week as demonstrators demanded changes to the 2008 constitution, including reducing the provision of 25 percent of military representatives in the hluttaw.

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New weather radars set to be rolled out

Three sophisticated weather radars will be installed in Myanmar within the next three years with assistance from the Japanese government, according to an official with the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology in Nay Pyi Taw.

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Senior monks observe government and international schools in Singapore

Principals of monastic schools, senior monks and project officials from the Monastic Education Development Group (MEDG) as well as officials from the Ministry of Religious Affairs had their own learning experience when they visited two Singaporean schools between March 17 and 22.

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IFC helps to boost tourism

The International Finance Cooperation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, is lending US$80 million to subsidiaries of Shangri-La Asia Limited to expand its hospitality business in Myanmar, the IFC announced on March 26.

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Myanmar aims to become regional aviation hub

While Myanmar looks set to become Asia’s next aviation growth market, the Ministry of Transport revealed last week that it also plans to transform the country into the region’s main aviation hub.


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Inland Water Transport needs to modernise to keep up

Officials from the Inland Water Transportation (IWT) say that development of the country’s water infrastructure is essential to improve the transportation of goods across the country’s domestic waterways.

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MoH ramps up anti-TB activities

The Ministry of Health has launched an expanded three-year program aimed at using anti-retroviral treatments to simultaneously target HIV and tuberculosis patients across Myanmar, Health Minister U Pe Thet Khin said on March 24.

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International groups slam proposed inter-faith marriage law

Human Rights Watch and the watchdog group ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights both released statements last week warning that Myanmar should scrap its proposed restrictions on interfaith marriages, saying the “blatant discrimination” threatens religious freedom and women’s rights.

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