The Myanmar Times
Friday, 29 August 2014
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Kayin government, KNU build refugee homes

The Kayin State government and Karen National Union are jointly funding construction of low-cost homes in Karen National Union-controlled territory to encourage displaced people unable to get official refugee status to return home, a KNU liaison officer said.

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Second survey of Ayeyarwady planned

Environmentalists are to build a detailed picture of the state of the Ayeyarwady River in a three-month survey covering 14 points along its course. The survey is the second of its kind, an official from environmental group Sein Yaung So said last week.

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Mandalay journalists to form union

Citing government “oppression”, journalists in Mandalay are banding together to form a union, organisers said last week. Organising committee member U Min Din, editor-in-chief of Mandalay Khit, said a conference will be convened in mid-August.

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Parliament should listen to petition supporters, says 88 leader

Five million voters cannot be wrong, says 88 Generation leader U Ko Ko Gyi. The democracy activist, whose group has been working with the National League for Democracy to collect signatures for a change in the constitution, wants parliament to pay attention.

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Thai government expands temporary migrant worker permit scheme

Migrant workers in Thailand can now apply for two-month temporary permits at special centres in all of Thailand’s 76 provinces.

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Hundreds gather for 8888 anniversary ceremony

About 200 politicians, pro-democracy activists, students and monks gathered at two sites in Yangon on August 8 to mark the 26th anniversary of the 1988 uprising.

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Pirates of the Ayeyarwady terrorise port communities

River pirates are running rampant on moored boats in Mandalay but ship owners and workers are too afraid to report cases to police or the media, sources in the area say.

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Second protest to be held in support of detained minister

Another protest in the Ayeyarwady delta in support of former Minister for Religious Affairs U San Sint was scheduled to take place over the weekend, organisers said.

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Memories of ’88 live on for activist-turned-businessman

There is little indication that the successful, soft-spoken and thoughtful businessman sitting on a couch in his home on 86th Street in Mandalay Chan Aye Thar San township was a hardened political activist who spent five years on death row.

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The message John Kerry must give Myanmar’s leaders

The US Secretary of State John Kerry is arriving in Myanmar’s capital Nay Pyi Taw on August 9 for a three-day visit. The chief diplomat will meet government leaders and attend a series of meetings, including the ASEAN Regional Forum and East Asia Summit.

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