Wednesday, May 04, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Smear campaign launched against defamation lawyer

An activist lawyer says she is being targeted by enemies who set up a fake Facebook page in her name. Daw Nandar Myint Thein, whose Mandalay law firm defends people accused of crimes regardless of their colour, race or religion, called a press conference on December 17 to air her complaints.

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Military MP calls for new terms on ‘cheap’ land leases

US$54 a year for prime space in a high-end shopping centre; $3850 a year for a 553-acre golf course; $4625 a year for a hotel on 1.6 acres of land: These are just some of the cut-price rates for state-owned land that have been revealed to the regional parliament in Mandalay.

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Pyin Oo Lwin flower festival draws tens of thousands

Exotic blooms from China and Thailand will help attract up to 90,000 visitors to Pyin Oo Lwin’s 10th Flower Festival, organisers hope. 

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Off the rails: Walking ban imposed on Gokteik bridge

No walking – and definitely no selfies – on the track, railway officials have warned enthusiasts who like to stroll along the country’s highest rail bridge, which towers more than 100 metres above a ravine in Shan State. Pedestrians have now been banned from Gokteik Viaduct as a safety measure.

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Anger as seven resign from pageant

The jangling belles of the Golden Land are outraged. Seven beauty contestants have publicly condemned a claim by pageant organisers that they were disqualified, insisting instead that they quit of their own accord.

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Uni rector suspended amid bribe accusations

The rector of Meiktila University is facing charges for allegedly taking bribes to the tune of nearly K11 million from a construction company tasked with building a new wing.

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Land tensions rise after talks snub

Already tired of lengthy delays on the promised return of confiscated land, farmers in Pyin Oo Lwin district are now furious officials stood them up at a negotiation meeting.

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Mandalay candidates stay under expense cap

Candidate expense forms have been filed just in time to squeeze past the deadline, with no politician contesting in Mandalay Region reporting over budget.

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Thousands gather for Shan New Year

More than 10,000 merrymakers welcomed in the Shan year of 2110 on December 12 in Pyin Oo Lwin, Mandalay Region.

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Nearly two dozen witnesses called for BBC journalist case

A lawsuit against a local journalist is dragging on despite 23 witnesses coming to his defence, according to his legal team.

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