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

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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Over 200 candidates disqualified

A total of 215 candidates will be disqualified for failing to submit campaign expenses, according to the Union Election Commission.

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Daw Suu confirmed speaker posts

Confirming informed speculation about the nominations for parliamentary speakers, National League for Democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi yesterday met with party MPs to reveal the party’s choices. As reported in The Myanmar Times, U Win Myint, a member of the NLD central executive, is to be nominated for the key post of lower-house speaker.

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NZ bar manager Blackwood out of Myanmar

New Zealand citizen Phil Blackwood has left Myanmar, almost one week on from January 22 amnesty that paved the way for his release.

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Close to bottom of corruption index but improving slightly

Myanmar still languishes among the world’s most corrupt countries although its performance has improved slightly over the past year, according to a global review released yesterday.

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Controversial hospital extension goes ahead

The construction of a controversial 12-storey building in the compound of Yangon General Hospital in downtown Yangon will go ahead as planned, according to the Ministry of Health.

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Local officials arrested for suspected graft

Police who arrested two wanted men in a blaze of gunfire last weekend say they have uncovered a network of corrupt local officials apparently working with the two suspects.

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Hluttaw committees inefficient, ignored

In a perhaps belated act of self-assertion, parliament’s neglected working committees have told the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw they need more staff, more information and better access to decision-makers. During the parliamentary term now about to close, the committee system has been badly attended, inefficient and largely ignored, they complained.

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Reduced Rakhine State budget under fire

The incoming Rakhine State parliament will have only half the funds it needs to develop the state, a local MP has complained. The state parliament adopted the 2016-17 budget on January 25, days before it rose to give way to the new parliament elected last November.

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RCSS trusts NLD to carry peace process

Warning that “winning an election alone does not bring democracy”, one of the signatories of the nationwide ceasefire agreement signed by eight ethnic armed groups last year has nevertheless expressed confidence in Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s ability to promote the peace process.

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