The Myanmar Times
Tuesday, 21 October 2014
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Over 200kg of heroin seized in Shan State

Myanmar authorities have seized more than 200 kilograms (440 lbs) of heroin on their side of the infamous "Golden Triangle", arresting three men armed with guns and a grenade launcher.

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New bill to get tough on ship pollution

An update to the Merchant Shipping Act with clauses to tackle pollution from cargo ships has been sent to the Attorney-General ahead of its formal submission to parliament, says an official from the Ministry of Transport.

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Govt wants reforms acknowledged, UN resolutions to stop

The government has made the case that progress on recent reforms mean the international community should stop its annual resolution on Myanmar’s human rights record and drop the country from its broader human rights agenda.

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Germany develop bank funds Taunggyi road project

A German government-owned development bank, KfW, is giving US$8.8 million to upgrade roads leading into Taunggyi in southern Shan State.

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Search continues in Kachin State for missing Thai helicopter

The search is intensifying for a Thai helicopter that disappeared with three people on board while searching for two mountain climbers.

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Rehabilitating Rakhine State's mangroves

The 540-acre plantation in Rakhine State's Gwa Township is an example of one very local attempt to save a fast disappearing global ecosystem. 

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Military issues hold back progress on ceasefire deal

Hopes for signing a nationwide ceasefire in October have dimmed, with government, Tatmadaw and ethnic armed group commanders still wrangling over a range of military and related questions, negotiators said at the end of five days of intense discussions last week.

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Both sides insist no deadlock in talks

Last-minute proposals to adjust the text of the draft ceasefire agreement have made it unlikely that the deal will be signed in October as hoped.

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Rights body shake-up under fire

A former member of the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission has questioned the legality of a recent commission reformation amid concerns that some of its more outspoken members have been jettisoned.

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Government stands by citizenship pilot project in Rakhine despite protest

Rakhine State officials insist a citizenship scrutiny project in Myebon township has not been suspended, despite media reports to the contrary and protests from local Rakhine residents.

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