Sunday, May 29, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Transparency key to gain public support, MOI chief says

Without transparency, a government cannot earn a good public reputation, and ministerial and departmental spokespersons must be answerable to the media, Minister for Information U Pe Myint told senior government officials yesterday.

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Breast cancer campaign launched

Medical professionals have launched a campaign to build awareness about the most common form of cancer affecting women: breast cancer.  

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State counsellor urges avoidance of words ‘Rohingya’ and ‘Bengali’

Speaking for the first time since taking office about the issue of inter-communal violence in Rakhine State, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi told reporters in a press briefing yesterday that she did not support the use of either of the terms “Rohingya” or “Bengali”.

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Increase to medical licensing fees suspended after anger

The Myanmar Medical Council temporary suspended a planned uptick in medical licensing fees after doctors protested the issue, a council official told The Myanmar Times.

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NLD considers religious harmony law

A Law to protect religious harmony is being considered by the new government following failed attempts to pass such a bill in the previous parliament, which instead enacted controversial legislation seen as undermining religious freedoms.

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Yangon Zoo’s elephant show ‘grotesque’, animal rights groups say

As working animals around the region are dying from heatstroke, Yangon Zoo is forcing its elephants to perform strenuous tricks in temperatures upward of 40 degrees Celsius.

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YCDC member presses for urgent municipal election

Continuing the Yangon City Development Committee saga yesterday, ousted member U Khin Hlaing called another press conference to dispute his effectively forced resignation.

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Health advocates call for more methadone centres

Hospitals are refusing to open drug treatment centres for fear of attracting criminals, campaigners say. While residents who live near a methadone therapy program in Yangon say they have seen drug users in the vicinity and they fear to go out at night, advocates have called on health authorities to open more centres because of the growing need.

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YCDC members accept termination

In a sudden reversal less than 24 hours after staging a power grab, Yangon City Development Committee members have agreed to step down.

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Anti-Rohingya protesters hit Ayeyarwady Region

Nationalist protesters campaigned through Ayeyarwady Region’s capital yesterday demanding the government declare Rohingya are not an official ethnic minority.

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