The Myanmar Times
Thursday, 31 July 2014
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

High school to be free in 2015

High school enrolment fees will be abolished in the next academic year, the government has announced. The move follows the introduction of universal free primary and middle school education in recent years.

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‘We will save our Mandalay’: Civil society forms committee to combat violence

Civil society groups in Mandalay have formed a “Peace Making Committee” to help prevent further outbreaks of violence.

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MPs agree to strengthen corruption commission

An amendment to the Anti-Corruption Law that MPs say could give the Anti-Corruption Commission more powers to tackle high-level graft has been passed by parliament’s upper house.

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Learn from mistakes in co-ops, VP tells officials

Vice President U Nyan Tun has urged officials leading the push to reduce poverty through cooperatives to learn from past mistakes.

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Arrests for squatting after village destroyed

Five people who were forced to leave their homes after parts of their village in Magwe Region was swept away by the Chindwin River say they have been charged with squatting by the authorities.

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Thai work permits too expensive, groups warn

A new Thai government program aimed at providing work visas and temporary passports to undocumented migrant labourers is too expensive for many foreign workers to access, activists say.

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Tourism fuelling illegal trade in elephants

Thailand's elephant tourism is fuelling an illegal trade in the animals from Myanmar and putting the country’s wild elephant population at risk, says new report.

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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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