The Myanmar Times
Tuesday, 02 September 2014
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

UEC considers plea for longer campaign time

Electoral authorities say they are still considering extending the election campaign period from 30 to 60 days at the request of opposition parties, which are concerned about the difficulty of campaigning in remote parts of the country.

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Government to get another shot at Korea loan

Pyidaungsu Hluttaw speaker Thura U Shwe Mann has stepped in to head off a potentially embarrassing rift with South Korea, after MPs rejected a proposal to buy Korean-made farming machinery.

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Mandalay curfew scares off nat festival visitors

The Taungbyone festival used to be buzzing until well after midnight, but the 10pm curfew in Mandalay has put a damper on night-time crowds – and hurt businesses.

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Thousands flee flooding in Bago

Flooding caused by intense rain has driven about 2000 people from their homes in Bago, township officials said there on August 6.

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NGOs focus on sexual health awareness

Health workers and NGOs that focus on stemming the spread of sexually transmitted diseases conducted outreach activities at the Taungbyone nat festival in Mandalay’s Madaya township last week.

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Fresh effort to raise Dhammazedi Bell

A local team said last week it would begin an attempt to raise the fabled Dhammazedi Bell from the depths of the Yangon River over the weekend.

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NLD leader hails constitution petition’s five million signatures

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has hailed the massive show of support for her party’s constitutional reform petition as unprecedented in Myanmar history.

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Rakhine court keeps Muslim activist in jail

Rights groups have condemned the recent court ruling to extend the trial and detention of the Muslim lawyer and activist U Kyaw Hla Aung as “an affront to the rule of law.”

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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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