The Myanmar Times
Saturday, 19 April 2014
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

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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Civilians targeted by Tatmadaw: rights group

The International Human Rights Clinic used a close study of conflict in Kayin State to highlight the ways in which policies at all levels of military command continue to lead soldiers to target civilian populations.

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Novelists and poets criticise new Media Law

Writers have expressed concerns with the country’s new Media Law, saying that including poets and novelists under the same law as journalists will hamper freedom of expression and allow the government too much control over what writers can produce.

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UNFPA affirms census commitment in wake of Rakhine unrest

The United Nations Population Fund has issued a statement reaffirming their commitment to push ahead with facilitating the upcoming census, despite mounting tensions in Rakhine State.

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13-year-old girl killed by "warning shots"

A 13-year-old girl was accidentally killed when Myanmar security forces fired warning shots to disperse mobs targeting international aid groups in a strife-hit western state, police confirmed on March 27.

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UN condemns attacks on INGOs

Members of international community have condemned attacks on INGOs and UN operations in the Rakhine capital of Sittwe and are calling on the Myanmar government to ensure the protection of aid workers in the region.

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