The Myanmar Times
Thursday, 30 July 2015
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Yangon chief minister out of election race

Yangon Region Chief Minister U Myint Swe, a former general with a reputation as a hardliner, will not stand for re-election and intends to retire, a senior official of the Union Solidarity and Development Party announced yesterday.

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Police make record US$106 million drug bust

Yangon police say they have made the country’s largest-ever seizure of narcotics, valuing 2.67 tonnes of methamphetamine tablets found in the back of a truck parked on the city’s outskirts at more than US$100 million.

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Ministry rejects bids for Yegu site

Decision not to select any of the two bids avoids a possible showdown with parliament, which had ordered a halt to the tender.

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After ‘saving’ Shwedagon, monk turns sights on Twante pagoda

Villagers accuse resident monks of breaching the law by living in the pagoda compound for an extended period.

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Senior monk plans to preach to inmates of Insein Prison

Yangon’s Insein Prison will open its doors this week to a leading monk, who will donate food and preach to inmates and staff under social reforms initiated by the government.

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First phase of Coco Island jetty project done

Yangon Region’s most remote corner has just become a little more accessible. Engineers have completed the first phase of a new jetty on Coco Island, intended to make it easier for ships to visit.

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Secretariat welcomes the public on Martyrs’ Day

Yangon residents got a rare chance to explore the long-shuttered and now-decrepit chambers of General Aung San yesterday as the Secretariat Building was made open to the public to mark the 68th anniversary of Martyrs’ Day.

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Yangon air pollution measured just above WHO guidelines

Air-pollution levels in downtown Yangon exceed international standards, city authorities have revealed.

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Missionary university students to get new accommodation

Local and foreign students at Yangon’s International Theravada Buddhist Missionary University (ITBMU) will be able to stay at a new K490 million dormitory, the university authorities announced on July 15.

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US speaks out over recent protest arrests

Following a rash of arrests and convictions of protesters, the US embassy in Yangon has criticised the government’s increasing use of restrictive assembly laws to crack down on political gatherings.

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