Monday, February 08, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

President bids farewell, will lead USDP again

Months of uncertainty over who will lead the once-dominant Union Solidarity and Development Party ended yesterday when it was confirmed that outgoing President U Thein Sein would return to take the reins when his five-year terms ends in late March.

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Presidential immunity secured

Squeaking through just under the wire, Pyidaungsu Hluttaw yesterday approved a law that would provide for the security of President U Thein Sein when he leaves office, granting him immunity from prosecution for acts committed in his official capacity.

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Parliament rejects military expansion

In what may be its last significant decision, the outgoing parliament yesterday rejected a request from President U Thein Sein to bring immigration under the control of the military.

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Students released for time served

Five of the six students jailed last March in Myingyan, Mandalay Region, have been released after completing their sentences, said local activist U Soe Naing yesterday.

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Migrant workers languish in Malaysian detention centres

Thousands of Myanmar migrant workers are spending months or even years in detention camps in Malaysia waiting for the government to confirm their citizenship status, migrant rights groups say.

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YMBA eyes reboot with new admin

With the election of a new central executive committee, supporters of the Young Men’s Buddhist Association are hoping that the venerable but troubled organisation will be able to make a new start.

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Phil Blackwood leaves Myanmar after being released

More than a year after his ordeal began, New Zealand bar manager Phil Blackwood has left Myanmar. He was pardoned in an amnesty last week after being convicted of insulting religion for spreading an advertisement of the Buddha wearing headphones.

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Evicted families promised land but face food, supply shortfall

Thousands of families evicted from military-owned land have been promised new plots in exchange for the 560 acres they were allegedly squatting on. The minister for security and border affairs in Yangon said the government has a compensation plan, but was light on the exact details.

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Yangon buses in a feud for gas

A row has flared between Yangon bus owners and the regional transport authority over access to compressed natural gas. Ma Hta Tha, the Yangon Region Supervisory Committee for Motor Vehicles, says it is inviting buses to sign up to receive more CNG, but some owners say they have been kept in the dark.

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No second chances for exam sitters

No pressure, kids, but if you fail your exams this year you won’t get another chance, Ministry of Education says.

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