Monday, May 02, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Mandalay Thingyan rules eased

Municipal authorities in Mandalay have reversed restrictions on water use for this year’s Thingyan festival. Mandalay City Development Committee will now allow water to be taken from the city’s palace moat, deeming that it would have no effect on supply to homes in the city.

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President signs controversial bill

President U Htin Kyaw signed into law yesterday the hotly contested “state counsellor” bill – legislation that creates a new advisory position for Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, and even explicitly names her in the text.

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China pledges support for new Myanmar government

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi yesterday pledged Beijing’s support for Myanmar’s new government after holding talks with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi that touched on China’s sometimes controversial investment projects, including the suspended Myitsone dam.

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Former Speaker urges review of budget

Former Speaker Thura U Shwe Mann has issued a set of wide-ranging recommendations to the new National League for Democracy-backed government, including a review of the budget and closer scrutiny over tenders.

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Mandalay Region cabinet approved

MPs in Mandalay have approved the new regional government cabinet put forward by chief minister U Zaw Myint Maung on April 4.

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The continued influence of Thura U Shwe Mann

The inclusion of National League for Democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in the list of ministers published on March 22 by incoming President U Htin Kyaw has myriad implications for the governance of the country and the management of the party and of parliament, many of which are yet to emerge. But one result, observers say, is to strengthen still further the influence of former Speaker Thura U Shwe Mann.

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A flurry of foreign ministers on the way

China's Wang Yi was first through the door but Western foreign ministers are also beating a path to Nay Pyi Taw to offer their support to the new government and press for investment opportunities.

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U Gambira’s wife testifies in MDY court

A testimony given by U Gambira’s wife in court yesterday was marred by poor interpretation, according to the 2007 protest leader.

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'State counsellor' bill approved despite military voting boycott

Military MPs rose to their feet in protest and boycotted voting yesterday but it was all in vain as the NLD-dominated lower house today overwhelmingly approved the State Counsellor bill, creating a key new post for Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.

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Former president renounces civilian life, for five days

Former president U Thein Sein has swapped the paso and ditepone (longyi and jacket) of civilian life for the robes of a monk. State media yesterday confirmed that he had joined the Sangha and will reside in a monastery in Pyin Oo Lwin for five days, to April 8.

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