The Myanmar Times
Sunday, 23 November 2014
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

U Aung Thaung put on US blacklist

The United States placed influential Myanmar lawmaker and businessman U Aung Thaung on its sanctions blacklist on October 31, accusing him of blocking key reforms.

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Military firm wins arbitration battle with Fraser & Neave

Myanma Economic Holdings Limited has won a dispute over the ownership of Myanmar Brewery Limited, the military-owned conglomerate has announced, and will now accelerate plans to buy out its joint venture partner.

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WFP signals cut to IDP rice rations

The World Food Programme has warned a cash shortfall means it may be forced to slash rice rations by a fifth to 200,000 vulnerable displaced people in Myanmar, including Rohingya Muslims in desperate camps in Rakhine state. 

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Winter is coming, tempered by El Niño

The return of El Niño conditions is likely to bring rain and warmer than average temperatures over the coming months, says latest forecast from the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology.

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MP proposes another electoral system as NLD opposition firms

Apparently unsatisfied with the eight competing electoral systems already under discussion in parliament for use in next year’s general election, one hluttaw member has come up with a ninth.

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Political talks to take place in President's house

Speculation is rife following a sudden invitation by President U Thein Sein to political and military leaders to attend a meeting at his house on “national reconciliation” on October 31. 

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Hanthawaddy contract awarded to Singapore-led consortium

A US$1.4-billion contract for an airport outside Yangon has been awarded to a Singapore-led consortium, the Department of Civil Aviation has announced, after talks with the original tender winner stalled earlier this year.

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CSOs condemn journalist killing

Civil society organisations are calling for an investigation into the death of journalist Aung Naing Kyaw (Ko Par Gyi), who was shot and killed while in Tatmadaw custody.

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NGOs push for child rights ombudsman

An ombudsman should be appointed to safeguard children’s rights, according to Save the Children International, which last week hosted a Child Rights Governance workshop with civil society organisations, religious leaders and the media.

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High-speed rail planned by 2023

An eight-year upgrading plan could result in a 100-kilometre-an-hour train service between Yangon and Mandalay, parliament heard last week.

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