Tuesday, September 27, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Farmers displaced by Bago railway to be compensated, line still suspended

Farmers whose land was confiscated to build a railway to nowhere are to be compensated, parliament has heard. Bago Region’s Pyay-Paukkhaung railway, closed “temporarily” in 2013 after running for only three years, will remain closed for now because it had been operating at a substantial loss, said Transport Minister U Kyaw Myo.

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President emphasises minorities’ voices

President U Htin Kyaw highlighted the importance of recognising the voices and rights of minorities in a formal address read out on his behalf yesterday at a ceremony in Nay Pyi Taw to mark International Democracy Day.

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Rejection of Rakhine advisory body approved by state hluttaw

A proposal rejecting the legitimacy of the Rakhine State Advisory Commission and its activities was approved by the Rakhine State legislature yesterday during a hluttaw session, in a vote of questionable practical significance.

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Anti-human trafficking taskforce self-evaluates

The Anti-Human Trafficking Taskforce is evaluating its past decade of work and preparing for its third five-year project, which will start in 2017.

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Teen maid returns after abuse, no pay in Malaysia

An 18-year-old woman has returned home after a brief stint working in Malaysia as a maid for no money while suffering physical beatings, the Myanmar embassy said.

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48 laws must be enacted as priority: legal commission

Myanmar needs to enact 48 laws as a matter of priority, the Legal Affairs and Special Cases Assessment Commission has told parliament, with legislation aimed at tackling violence against women at the top of that list.

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Bus compound entry fee hurting mechanics

Mechanics at Nay Pyi Taw’s Bawga Thiri Highway Bus Compound say recently imposed vehicle entrance fees are costing them business and are calling for an exemption.

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Upper house MPs object to removal of ban on protest inducements

An upper house lawmaker is challenging a decision by the lower chamber to remove a provision of the Peaceful Assembly and Procession Law making it illegal to incentivise individuals to join a demonstration.

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President: Kofi Annan can tackle Rakhine woes

President U Htin Kyaw yesterday expressed his confidence that the newly formed Rakhine State Advisory Commission can solve long-entrenched sectarian tensions in the western state.

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MPs want ethnic languages taught during school hours

Lawmakers discussed a proposal yesterday to include ethnic languages lessons in the last 45 minutes of the school day, rather than outside typical classroom hours.

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