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

Labour Exchange Offices opened

Would-be migrant workers can now access information about overseas opportunities and the kinds of jobs available from labour centres newly opened throughout the country, Upper House MPs have heard. Deputy foreign minister U Kyaw Tint told Amyotha Hluttaw on December 12 that 78 labour exchange offices have opened.

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‘Diplomatic zone’ land disputes under scrutiny

Land now occupied by diplomats accredited to the nation’s capital was once owned by farmers, many of whom are demanding compensation for property seized during military rule. The Nay Pyi Taw City Development Committee is putting together teams of government officials to help resolve confusion over who owned what, and how much they should be paid for it, according to committee representative U Min Thu.

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Minister: Drug use a ‘public health problem’

Minister for Health and Sport Dr Myint Htwe told the Amyotha Hluttaw yesterday that his ministry will assist in the fight against illicit drug use by approaching the issue as a public health problem.

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Nay Pyi Taw bus operators told to buckle up

Bus line operators in Nay Pyi Taw are being encouraged to have their passengers use seatbelts ahead of a crackdown on motor vehicle safety protocols slated to begin January 1.

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National environmental policy gets an update

Myanmar will get a new national environmental policy in early 2017, say officials from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation. The retooled version will update the 22-year-old policy currently in place.

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Scuttled proposal willingly withdrawn by ANP MP

A proposal pressing the Union government to take urgent action in northern Rakhine State has been withdrawn after it was shot down in succession by the Speakers of both houses of parliament.

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Drug policy consultations conclude for the year

The third and final round of drug policy consultations between the government, civil society and the United Nations concluded this week in Nay Pyi Taw, laying the foundation for a new policy and related legal reforms in 2017.

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Speaker demands detailed allegations as MPs discuss fraud

An intervention by the Speaker of parliament’s lower house could have the effect of shutting down a debate on possible fraud in the granting of agricultural loans, some MPs say. Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker U Win Myint told MPs on December 6 to include specific details of alleged fraud in their statements, and not to confine themselves to generalities.

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President, military chiefs meet to smooth Myanmar-Malaysia ties

The chief of Malaysia’s armed forces yesterday met with Myanmar’s president and commander-in-chief in an effort to repair fraught relations between the two ASEAN members following recent diplomatic sparring over violence in Rakhine State.

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Paung Laung literary magazine returns after a long hiatus

The formerly prominent Paung Laung Magazine is set to be published once again following a seven year hiatus, the Pyinmana Writers’ Association has announced.

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