Wednesday, September 28, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

At 2800 deaths annually, maternal mortality second-highest in ASEAN

Nearly 3000 Myanmar women die annually due to complications related to pregnancy and childbirth, according to a Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population report launched yesterday based on data from the 2014 census.

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Committee for solving land disputes accused of conflict of interest

Farmers are claiming that a government committee tasked with investigating land grabs and resolving disputes has failed in its obligations.

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Nay Pyi Taw residents complain of lack of electricity

Tens of thousands of residents within miles of the nation’s capital are deprived of electricity, even though power lines have been connected, parliament has heard. Amyotha Hluttaw MP U Kyaw Myint Oo (NLD; Mandalay 10) said many complaints had been received from the public about the power supply committees in the villages in Nay Pyi Taw’s Union territory.

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Bill on personal freedoms, security passes Pyithu Hluttaw

Despite objections from military MPs and uncharacteristic dissension from within the ruling party ranks, a bill aimed at protecting citizens’ personal freedoms and security was approved at a Pyithu Hluttaw session on September 20.

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Upper house MPs mull exams board law revamp

The 1973 Myanmar Board of Examination Law enacted under the military regime of General Ne Win should be revoked and replaced with legislation reflecting the country’s changed political landscape, Amyotha Hluttaw parliamentarian U Kyaw Naing (NLD; Yangon 12) told the upper chamber yesterday.

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More work needed to ensure people with disabilities access education: advocates

Government officials have been invited to attend a forum on problems faced by disabled people in Myanmar’s education sector. The forum will be held in Nay Pyi Taw in November and will be run by the Myanmar Special Education Association, an organisation which trains special education teachers.

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Drug surveillance increased in the capital

Police are taking extra precautions to stem the tide of narcotics into the nation’s capital, an official from the Nay Pyi Taw Region Police Force said. The pledge was made following the seizure of hundreds of illegal stimulant tablets from a taxi outside of civil servant housing on September 16.

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Amyotha Hluttaw approves Civil Service Law tweaks

The Amyotha Hluttaw approved an amended Civil Service Law in line with recommendations from the upper house’s Bill Committee at a parliamentary session yesterday, adding a provision intended to encourage a more merit-based system.

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Chainsaw clampdown needed to stop deforestation: minister

Police are to crack down on illegally imported chainsaws in an effort to stanch deforestation. Environmental conservation minister U Ohn Win told parliament on September 19 that state and regional governments have been instructed to exert greater control over the import and sale of chainsaws.

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MP wants more detail on foreign loan proposals

A Pyithu Hluttaw MP is demanding more specifics after the government last week recommended taking out two loans from international lenders totalling more than US$200 million.

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