Saturday, February 06, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Riverside dwellers to get new homes

Families living in huts on the bank of the Ayeyarwady River will soon be able to rent affordable housing from the city, officials say.

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Jailed lawyer swears to reveal court failings

Almost two years after he was arrested for a one-man protest against corruption in the judiciary, a farmers’ advocate and former lawyer is getting his day in court. The trial started on January 1.

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Foreigners slugged with Mandalay Hill fee

Trustees at Mandalay Hill have introduced a K1000 entrance fee for foreign visitors from January 1 in order to raise money for planned upgrades at the site.

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Anger as officials decree landmark lake a pond

When is a lake not a lake? Tchaikovsky never wrote the ballet Swan Pond. King Arthur did not receive his sword Excalibur from The Lady of the Pond. Wordsworth never sought his poetic muse in England’s Pond District.

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Released students facing expulsion

Students released from prison on December 22 found, on trying to return to their studies, that they had been suspended, and could face expulsion. The three students, who were freed from Mandalay’s Ohbo Prison after serving three months for staging an unlawful protest, rioting and related offences, say they will take their demand for reinstatement to the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission.

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Freed students defiant

Still defiant, three of the four Yadanabon University students jailed in October on riot charges were released from Mandalay’s Ohbo Prison on December 22. A fourth, Ko Naing Ye Wai, remains behind bars.

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Activists seek to rename Kayah

Kayah State should go back to its former name of “Karenni State”, political activists say. The issue was discussed at the Karenni State Conference, held from December 15 to 19 at Bardo village in Loikaw township, Kayah State.

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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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