Saturday, July 30, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

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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Up to 82% of Mandalay to get electricity in 2016-17 fiscal year

Nearly 400 villages in Mandalay Region will soon be hooked up to the grid.

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Vice president issues farmers temporary land ownership documents

In a first step toward simplifying procedures for reclaiming farmland confiscated under the former regime, the government has issued temporary documents allowing former owners to take back their land.

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Spanish couple in hot water over Buddha image tattoo

A Spanish tourist visiting Bagan with his wife over the weekend found his trip interrupted when police discovered a Buddha tattoo on his leg.

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Sidoktaya braces for another round of floods

Villagers in a remote Magwe Region township are watching helplessly as falling rain and rising water levels threaten a rerun of last year’s disastrous flooding. Sidoktaya township is situated between the Mone and Kyi Ohn Kyi Wa dams – close enough for villagers to see the reservoir levels rising daily.

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Labour officials ask for patience in resolving Panda factory dispute

Workers staging a sit-in over a contract feud at a textile factory have been told to have patience as the dispute could take some time to settle, according to labour ministry officials.

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