Thursday, September 29, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

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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Rakhine commission greeted by jeers and protests

As hundreds of protestors gave Kofi Annan a hostile welcome to Sittwe yesterday, the chair of the newly formed Rakhine advisory commission vowed to work with all sections of the community to end the conflict that has blighted the state, and to help build economic prosperity.

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Anti-foreigner motion on Rakhine advisory body defeated

The Pyithu Hluttaw yesterday voted down an urgent proposal seeking the removal of three foreigners from a recently formed Rakhine State advisory commission that has provoked the ire of nationalists. The failed motion came the same day commission members included former UN secretary general and Ghanaian Kofi Annan travelled to state capital Sittwe for an initial foray into the Rakhine’s thorny political arena.

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Pyinmana police outposts slated

Police outposts will be launched in the capital in an effort to deter crime, a police captain told The Myanmar Times.

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Lewe bridge repairs delayed until rain stops

Funding has already been allocated to repair a Nay Pyi Taw bridge destroyed by flooding, with work slated to get underway in dry season, parliament has heard.

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Alliance wants creation of committee to push for women in peace process

The Alliance for Gender Inclusion in the Peace Process (AGIPP) is demanding that a committee be formed to monitor issues of gender equality and women’s participation in the peace process, including a coming political dialogue.

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Minister promises no blackouts next summer

Tredging out an annual promise that never seems to be realised, the minister for electricity has promised no more blackouts for the summer of 2017.

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Panglong fractures with UWSA delegation’s indignant exit

The second day of the 21st-century Panglong Conference was overshadowed by an early walkout of the country’s most powerful ethnic armed group.

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