Sunday, January 22, 2017
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

MPs’ helicopter suggestion fails to lift off

The Ministry of Home Affairs has decided not to pursue a suggestion by a number of Pyidaungsu Hluttaw MPs that would have seen the government purchase firefighting helicopters with a loan from Poland. Instead, the 50 million euro fund will be dedicated to buying high-tech fire engines and other search and rescue vehicles.

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As tempers flare in hluttaw, MP challenges Speaker to a debate

A Rakhine lawmaker is challenging the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Speaker to a public debate after the two exchanged warning shots over a jettisoned proposal related to the peace process.

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Hluttaw greenlights Greater Mekong Sub-region tourism project

The hluttaw has voted in favour of a proposal by President U Htin Kyaw which would see the country join a tourism coordination project for the Greater Mekong Sub-region.

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Court cases against illegal Nay Pyi Taw City tenants withdrawn

Illegal tenants taking up roadside residence in the nation’s capital have been given a rare reprieve, with the Nay Pyi Taw municipal authority instructed to withdraw the legal complaints it had filed.

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Myanmar to boost its Thai embassy staffing

Three additional labour attachés will be assigned to Myanmar’s embassy in Thailand next year, the labour minister announced yesterday.

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Defence takes biggest slice of greenlit supplementary budget

With relatively minor trims applied to a swathe of ministries, Pyidaungsu Hluttaw has approved the supplementary budget requested by the Union Government to cover the remaining five months of the 2016-17 fiscal year.

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Deputy minister notes ‘worrisome’ rise in child rape cases

An apparent increase in the number of sexual abuse cases involving children is cause for concern, say politicians, amid a push to raise penalties for offenders.

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MP banned for crimes against hluttaw fashion

Parliament's uniform code is strictly enforced, a lawmaker learned yesterday after he was booted from the lower house for not adhering to the fashion standards.

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Poland to give firefighters a boost

Myanmar's firefighters could soon have a new friend in Poland. The European republic will grant a 50 million euro loan (US$53 million) to fund the purchase of modern, high-tech fire-fighting vehicles, equipment and accessories for the Myanmar Fire Services Department, pending parliamentary approval, lawmakers were told.

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Parliamentary commission calls for new water law

Already feeling the combined stresses of climate change and an increasing population, Myanmar’s clean water needs to be protected by a national water policy, parliament was told yesterday.

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