Thursday, July 28, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Taung Yoe survey aims to boost lobby for ethnic affairs minister

A survey to count the ethnic Taung Yoe population in Shan State was launched last month, with its organisers seeking to tally enough of their own to qualify the group for an ethnic affairs minister post in state government, according to Taung Yoe Literature and Culture Association patron U Kyaw Htwe from Pindaya township.

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MCDC to get 11 new members

Five new members will be appointed to the Mandalay City Development Committee (MCDC) within the next two weeks, according to the committee’s joint secretary U Thet Naing Tun.

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Laws hard to enforce on unfinished Yangon-Mandalay road

The Ministry of Construction is trying to speed up completion of the notoriously dangerous Yangon-Mandalay highway, and upgrade its safety standards amid the annual rise in accidents.

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Traffic officials seek to battle alarming rise in road deaths

Drunk drivers, people who drive while using their phones and don’t buckle their seatbelts, and motorcyclists who ride without helmets are all contributing to a fourfold rise in the number of road accidents over the past few years, says the government. Now the transport ministry has set up a new body to reduce the carnage on the nation’s roads.

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Cash-strapped Mandalay daily shuttered

Mandalay Alinn Daily News printed its last edition yesterday. Messenger Media, which distributes Mandalay Alinn, the only private daily newspaper in the region, stopped production yesterday due to budget difficulties, said editor-in-chief U Thant Zin Oo.

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Ayeyarwady nears warning level

The Ayeyarwady River reached less than 3 feet below the “danger” level in Mandalay yesterday, swelling Myanmar’s main artery to an extent not seen in more than a decade.

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Flooded Sagaing villages fear impact of polluted river water

As if being flooded out of their houses wasn’t bad enough, residents of Sagaing Region’s Salingyi township now fear waters polluted by mining will destroy their land.

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Sagaing labour protesters punished for civil disobedience

Sagaing workers, facing trial for their protest march to the capital, will be sentenced to a month in prison or a K5000 fine after being held in contempt of court yesterday. The workers irritated court staffers by refusing to take the proceedings seriously and instead staging civil disobedience by yelling out and singing during four straight hearings.

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Sagaing locals fight to save 200-year-old trees

Administrator, spare that tree, officials are being told in Sagaing Region. The regional government wants to widen the road between Monywa and Tharsi-Naung Gyi Aine, which would require felling more than 200 trees that have stood there since colonial days. Local residents oppose the move.

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Mandalay Region dams up for government review

The new government is taking a closer look at five hydropower projects along the Dokhtawady River in Mandalay Region, mindful of the local opposition its predecessor frequently ran into at several proposed dam sites over the years.

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