Sunday, February 07, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Yangon’s deepening housing crisis leaves families on the streets

The number has surged from an estimate of 65,000 at the end of 2013 on government and privately owned land, but no official survey has been done since, U Win Naing, deputy director of housing development in the Ministry of Construction, told The Myanmar Times in mid-January. It has been suggested that there may be as many as 2 million squatters.

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Rights commission slams govt for not helping squatters

Forced evictions in Yangon and Mandalay last month have led to the creation of a “new breed of roadside squatters”, according to the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission.

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A town beyond the law: Hlaing Tharyar

Hlaing Tharyar is a township of fear, beyond police control, say residents.

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Upgraded bus system to kick off next week

A Bus Rapid Transit system, designed to relieve traffic congestion in Yangon and increase the safety of commuters, is aiming to launch the second week of February.

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Child support laws amended

Parliment has revised a colonial-era law that capped child support payments at just K100. Now, husbands sued for alimony will be on the hook for monthly payments of K50,000 per child and can be ordered to financially support their ex-wives as well.

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Farmers told to prepare for drought as El Niño’s stay extended

Just six months after record-setting floods wreaked havoc on crops, farmers are being told to get ready to withstand severe drought. Meteorologists predict it’s likely to be one for the decades.

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Leprosy patients suffer months with no medical care

After nine months without medical care, the posting of a single doctor to a “leprosy village” in Yangon is only a small consolation for its nearly 200 residents.

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YMBA eyes reboot with new admin

With the election of a new central executive committee, supporters of the Young Men’s Buddhist Association are hoping that the venerable but troubled organisation will be able to make a new start.

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Evicted families promised land but face food, supply shortfall

Thousands of families evicted from military-owned land have been promised new plots in exchange for the 560 acres they were allegedly squatting on. The minister for security and border affairs in Yangon said the government has a compensation plan, but was light on the exact details.

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Yangon buses in a feud for gas

A row has flared between Yangon bus owners and the regional transport authority over access to compressed natural gas. Ma Hta Tha, the Yangon Region Supervisory Committee for Motor Vehicles, says it is inviting buses to sign up to receive more CNG, but some owners say they have been kept in the dark.

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