The Myanmar Times
Sunday, 02 August 2015
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

No change to law on religious conversion

The bill on religious conversion, whose sponsors say it will support freedom of worship and protect underage girls from forced marriage, will go before the lower house unchanged.

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Minister’s son owes government nearly $10 million: report

Relatives and cronies of ministers under the former military regime owe the government tens of billions of kyat, parliament has been told.

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High-profile foreign brands back minimum wage for all

Big-name clothing brands sourcing from Myanmar have waded into the minimum wage debate, urging its implementation even as their own suppliers dispute the proposed salary and request an exemption from the law.

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Prostitutes’ customers could face prison time

A parliamentary committee has called for customers of prostitutes to face imprisonment under amendments to the 1949 Suppression of Prostitution Act – but not to be caned, as originally proposed by the government.

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Government warns ethnic armies against prolonging ceasefire talks

Failure to finalise a nationwide ceasefire accord within the next six weeks risks setting back the entire peace process until the next government takes office and begins again, the president’s chief negotiator warned armed ethnic leaders yesterday.

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Progress reported on day one

Day one of the resumed peace talks resulted in modest progress with agreements reached on four of the 13 amendments to the draft nationwide ceasefire accord demanded by the ethnic leaders.

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Verification program begins but most migrants frozen out

Myanmar government sends delegation to begin vetting more than 660,000 migrants for eligibility for passports.

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Ten-year prison terms in monogamy law

Bigamists beware: A law passed yesterday means that a man or a woman who conceals an existing union in order to marry again could go to jail for 10 years.

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Chinese smugglers hit with life terms

In an effort to make an example and curtail rampant illegal logging, the Myitkyina District Court metted out the maximum sentence of life imprisonment to over 150 Chinese loggers who were arrested in January along with a major haul of illegal timber and drugs.

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Military bans campaigning on its turf

The Tatmadaw has banned campaigning in military compounds, drawing protests from political parties who say the restrictions would favour the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party, and prejudice a free and fair election.

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