The Myanmar Times
Saturday, 20 September 2014
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

In Nyaung Oo, fields wither as farmers wait for monsoon rains to return

Amid fierce monsoon conditions elsewhere, farmers in Mandalay Region are complaining of drought.

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Officials insist bell must return to pagoda

Archaeological officials have threatened legal action if those claiming to have found the Dhammazedi Bell fail to return it to its former home – Yangon’s famed Shwedagon Pagoda.

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Ethnic leaders want Suu Kyi in on ceasefire

Leaders of ethnic armed groups say they want Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to observe the signing of the nationwide ceasefire agreement and the accompanying political dialogue.

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Parliamentary commission proposes open list PR system

In another step towards introducing the controversial proportional representation (PR) electoral system, a parliamentary commission decided last week to recommend to the Amyotha Hluttaw that an open-list proportional representation system should be introduced for next year’s general election.

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Army will discuss federalism

The Tatmadaw has agreed to discuss the potential formation of a federal army, one of the ethnic armed groups’ key demands in the ongoing peace process.

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President wants civil service to change mind-set over corruption

Corruption is still rife in the civil service, President U Thein Sein has reminded his cabinet colleagues during a regular meeting of senior government ministers at the Presidential Palace in Nay Pyi Taw last week.

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Activists on trial

Two verdicts last week highlight a justice system that is targeting human rights defenders and the government is only paying lip service to reform, a UK group says.

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We need to re-define “political prisoner” rights groups say

Former prisoners of conscience are joining forces to pressure the government to define the term “political prisoner”.

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Over 310,000 in Rakhine State still need aid

Two years after inter-communal violence first broke out in Rakhine State more than 310,000 people are still in need of humanitarian assistance there, says the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

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The miracle maker

Nepalese doctor returns sight to hundreds of people in Myanmar during recent visit where he operated on patients in Yangon and Myeik.

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