Sunday, February 14, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

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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Controversial hospital extension goes ahead

The construction of a controversial 12-storey building in the compound of Yangon General Hospital in downtown Yangon will go ahead as planned, according to the Ministry of Health.

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Local officials arrested for suspected graft

Police who arrested two wanted men in a blaze of gunfire last weekend say they have uncovered a network of corrupt local officials apparently working with the two suspects.

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Insein GTI needs learning facilities

Built 120 years ago, the Government Technical Institute in Insein township, Yangon Region, is about to reopen – but with inadequate facilities, say officials and former students. Insein GTI social welfare association secretary Daw Thuzar Lin says the buildings are in need of repair and lab facilities are inadequate.

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Lawyers struggle to assert independence

It's time to set lawyers free and establish the rule of law in Myanmar, a newly formed organisation of lawyers says. The Independent Lawyers’ Association of Myanmar wants to end government control over the legal profession as a first step toward rooting out the corruption and subservience many associate with the profession.

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