The Myanmar Times
Thursday, 24 July 2014
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Unity Journal rep vows to appeal tough sentences

The CEO and four reporters from Unity Journal have been sentenced to ten years in prison with hard labour each for their role in January newspaper reports that alleged a DDI military facility in Pauk, Magwe, was producing chemical weapons.

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Flower seller children get a shot at education

Dozens of young children who normally sell flowers around Mandalay’s royal moat have been given some much needed days off thanks to a newly launched volunteer organisation known as “Flower Growers Teaching Class”.

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Young people trained to prepare communities for deadly natural disasters

The government has launched a youth volunteer program in Ayeyarwady Region villages to ensure communities are better prepared should natural disaster strike.

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Dalai Lama speaks out on religious violence

The Dalai Lama Sunday reiterated his plea to Buddhists in Myanmar and Sri Lanka to halt violence against Muslims, in a speech to tens of thousands of devotees to mark his 79th birthday.


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Protest politicians agree to found party

A group of 30 politicians – all of whom have been in the past charged for conducting demonstrations without permission – have agreed to form a new political party.

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Lawyers head to China to discuss Letpadaung project

A delegation of lawyers working on land rights and the environment will travel to Bejing this week to consult with a network of Chinese lawyers who seek to aid communities that have been adversely affected by large scale industrial projects.

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U Shwe Mann dismisses NLD 436 campaign

The public campaign on constitutional reform led by the National League for Democracy and the 88 Generation will have no effect on the parliament’s constitutional amendment process, Speaker Thura U Shwe Mann said last week.

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Monks detained in raid likely to get off lightly

New Minister for Religious Affairs U Soe Win has defended the State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee’s decision to raid Mahasantisukha Monastery but said five monks arrested during the raid are likely to face only light sentences.

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NCCT looks to finalise ceasefire in late July

Ethnic leaders are expected to meet at the Kachin Independence Organisation headquarters in Laiza later this month to finalise details of a proposed nationwide ceasefire agreement ahead of further talks with the government.

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U San Sint makes emotional plea for freedom at court hearing

Former minister for Religious Affairs U San Sint has emphatically denied misusing state funds and called on the public and Buddhist monks to help clear his name.

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