The Myanmar Times
Wednesday, 29 July 2015
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Taxi call centre to choose phones over radio

The crackling of the VHF radio is a frequent soundtrack to a taxi ride in many international cities, but will be absent when Yangon’s first taxi call centre launches.

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Union leaders abstain from court hearing

Two labour union leaders arrested during strikes in February refused to appear for their court hearing yesterday, hoping the act of defiance would reveal what they allege is a sham trial, as well as rampant abuses in the garment sector.

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Taxi stands not a popular solution to end city congestion

Taxi drivers are resisting attempts by city authorities to corral them into taxi stands in a bid to reduce traffic congestion.

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Changing of the guard at Yangon University

Rector U Aung Thu announced he is reluctantly retiring at the end of the month and, under old laws, will be replaced by a government appointee.

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Save Shwedagon Committee leader takes aim at hluttaw

Fresh from its victory over the Dagon City developers, the Save Shwedagon Committee has revealed plans to expand the scope of its activities to other religious sites in Yangon.

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President cancels property projects near Shwedagon

President U Thein Sein has instructed the Myanmar Investment Commission to stop controversial property projects near Shwedagon Pagoda, multiple sources have confirmed to The Myanmar Times, as activists announced plans to intensify their opposition to the developments.

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Charged monks accuse Sangha authorities of misusing power

In another challenge to the prosecution, London Sayadaw, also known as U Ottara, has demanded to know why only he and four other monks are facing charges in the wake of the police raid on Mahasantisukha Monastery.

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At ground zero in Yangon’s dengue fever epidemic

As health officials tally a surge dengue fever cases this year, even the top children’s hospitals struggle to keep up with long lines of patients.

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Lowest traffic fine set at K30,000 in draft law

The days of K1500 traffic fines may soon be over. Following repeated warnings from police that the current fines are too low to be an effective deterrent, the government has published a draft law that would raise the minimum fine to K30,000 and the maximum to K1 million.

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Money invested in bus rapid transit system

Yangon is about to take the first practical steps toward upgrading its public transport system. Armed with a K12.5 billion kitty – K10 billion from the government, and the remainder from private companies – the city will soon lay out dedicated bus lanes, and import the buses that will run along them.

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