Friday, September 30, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Police to file charges after revelations of girls’ abuse, payout spark outcry

Swift backlash against a compensation scheme brokered by the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission in the case of three girls tortured for years as housemaids in Yangon’s Kyauktada township has prompted police to pursue legal action against the accused.

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Majority hold out as Sakura garment dispute drags on

Nearly half of the 316 striking Sakura garment factory workers have returned to work, while the remainder are still holding out to see a reduction of the daily production target that was the primary cause of the work stoppage.

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Saffron monk calls for poverty ‘master plan’ at revolution’s anniversary

A leader of the Saffron Revolution yesterday called for a “master plan” to eradicate poverty in Myanmar, at an event marking the ninth anniversary of the popular uprising, which was sparked by deteriorating economic conditions in the country.

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Prayers of peace offered for war-weary Myanmar

Amid ongoing conflict and in the wake of the 21st-century Panglong Conference earlier this month, religious leaders joined members of civil society yesterday at a Yangon gathering to offer their prayers for peace.

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YMCA to launch free counselling service

The Young Men’s Christian Association has launched a counselling centre in Yangon where people can receive counselling and mental health services free of charge.

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Sakura factory workers will not be paid for protests, production quota up in the air

The Central Arbitration Council altered a ruling from the Yangon Regional Arbitration Council on September 14, upholding a requirement that the Sakura garment factory in Hlaing Tharyar township’s No 3 industrial zone rehire all 316 striking workers but reversing the stipulation that the owner pay them for the month-and-a-half they spent protesting.

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Owner of closed garment factory compensates workers at last

More than two months after the manufacturing operation’s closure, the South Korean owner of Hla Won Htet Tha garment factory has finally paid his 85 former employees in full, according to the Hlaing Tharyar township Labour Relations Department.

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Study finds nearly all Yangon adults can read

Nearly every adult in Yangon Region can read, according to a recent survey organised by the regional education office.

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Rakhine hluttaw to debate state advisory commission

A Rakhine State lawmaker forged ahead yesterday with an effort to continue stoking controversy over the recent formation of an advisory commission for the state chaired by former UN secretary general Kofi Annan.

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Photographer files lawsuit after being assaulted at protest

Photojournalist Myat Thu Kyaw has filed a lawsuit, claiming he was verbally and physically assaulted while covering a demonstration led by nationalists in Yangon Region’s Bahan township on September 11.

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