Thursday, September 01, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

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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Women demand more involvement in peace talks

If women are not included in peace talks, the concerns and struggles of women living in conflict zones will not be addressed, women’s rights groups and political parties say.

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Children from mountainous villages in Magwe struggle to make it to class

The hardest part of the school day is getting to and from class, children in mountainous Ngape township, Magwe Region, are finding. Swollen streams and slippery, treacherous mountain paths pose a daunting challenge to youngsters before they even get to their lessons.

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Golf course workers protest for employment contracts

Teed off about management’s bunker mentality and under-par conditions, part-time golf course workers in Mandalay have launched a drive for labour rights. Yesterday about 200 staff at Shwe Man Taung golf course in Mandalay Region’s Aung Myay Tharzan township demonstrated in support of their demands.

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Red Cross, NLD youth wing offer free first aid course

A free first aid course will be offered by the National League for Democracy Youth Association and the Myanmar Red Cross Society in Mandalay Region’s Chan Mya Tharsi township, next week.

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Minister admits ‘weaknesses’ in Mandalay’s electricity billing

Domestic electricity consumers in Mandalay are paying for power at industrial rates, they say. The regional minister for electricity and industry, U Zar Ni Aung, has admitted the billing system has “weaknesses” and should be reformed.

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Farmers threaten to ramp up protests over lost land

Impatient at what they say is 20 years of delay, Mandalay Region farmers are warning they will take their protest to the streets unless the government restores their lost land. They say 3000 acres (1200 hectares) were seized in 1995 to build three government institutions, but only 1000 acres were used. They say they have been demanding the return of the remaining 2000 acres ever since.

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