Monday, May 02, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Nationalists rally against US embassy’s use of term ‘Rohingya’

A crowd of nationalists swarmed the United States embassy in Yangon yesterday, denouncing the country for using the word “Rohingya” to refer to a Muslim group in Rakhine State in a recent statement.

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Mingalardon provides free dialysis

Mingalardon Specialist Hospital is providing free kidney dialysis for people with HIV.

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Ma Hta Tha acts on holiday graft

Transport chiefs say holiday ticket touts have struck again, ignoring stern warnings against overcharging passengers eager to get home for Thingyan. U Nyunt Wai, chair of Ma Hta Tha, the Yangon Region Supervisory Committee for Motor Vehicles, said it had fined 35 bus companies nearly K4 million after receiving dozens of complaints.

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From blogger to MP, Nay Phone Latt talks on land grabs and bribes

A well-known blogger and new National League for Democracy MP, Nay Phone Latt, won a seat in Yangon Region parliament in Thingangyun township in November’s election, becoming one the NLD’s youngest MPs. Born in 1980 as Nay Myo Kyaw, he adopted his pen name for his writings during the former junta.

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Peace activists call on authorities to intervene over Shwedagon incidents

Interfaith peace activists are calling on Yangon’s new regional government to respond to a campaign by nationalist monks to evict Muslim vendors from the area of Shwedagon Pagoda, the nation’s spiritual epicentre.

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Yangon chief minister pledges to rid the city of corrupt governance

Yangon's new chief minister U Phyo Min Thein has vowed to scrub the city of corruption and install a graft-free administration. U Phyo Min Thein spoke with The Myanmar Times from his home in Hlegu township about how he plans on tackling his reform agenda.

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Comedians to escape charge after apology

Four comedians are likely to escape charges of insulting religion after making an apology to a senior monk from a Buddhist nationalist group.

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Report lays bare forestry sector’s ills

Poor law enforcement and weak governance have been blamed for rapid deforestation in Myanmar over the past 25 years, during which time more than a quarter of forest cover has been lost.

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NLD treads carefully over remarks on citizenship

A senior National League for Democracy parliamentarian says the party has raised concerns with religion and culture minister Thura U Aung Ko over his recent comments about Muslims.

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Parliament axes two flyovers

The brief – and expensive – era of the flyover appears to have ended, with the Yangon Region parliament scrapping plans approved by its predecessor for two new bridges.

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