US diplomat calls on Myanmar to accept fact-finding mission

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has urged the Myanmar government to allow the fact-finding mission appointed by United Nations’ Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to investigate alleged rights abuses by security personnel in northern Rakhine State in an attack last October.

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After deadly crash, No. 55 bus line out, No. 90 in

After a deadly crash on July 7, the YBS No. 55 bus line has changed its number to 90, said U Kyi Sein, director of the Taikkyi Thar PPP company.

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Dengue cases surge in Yangon Children’s Hospital in first six months

Cases of dengue fever surged in Yangon in the first six months of the year resulting in the deaths of seven children, as the government struggled to contain the disease, a hospital official said.

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Application process begun for world heritage listing of Shwedagon

Myanmar has taken the first step to have Shwedagon Pagoda listed as a UNESCO world heritage site, Religious Affairs and Culture Minister Thura U Aung Ko told The Myanmar Times on July 3.

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New name of Ma Ba Tha is bid to deceive Ma Ha Na: minister

Changing the name of the banned nationalist organisation Ma Ba Tha to Buddha Dhamma Parahita Foundation so it can continue to carry out its controversial advocacies is deceiving the Ma Ha Na, said the religious minister.

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No settlement in Maha Thanti Thuka monastery dispute

The attempt to settle ownership dispute for Maha Thanti Thuka (Maha Santi Sukha) monastery – which has been closed for 3 years – between State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee (Ma Ha Na) and Penan Sayadaw U Pyinnya Wuntha, has failed, Minister for Religious Affairs and Culture Thura U Aung Ko told The Myanmar Times.

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Student union to be rebuilt in original location

Government officials and some student leaders have agreed to rebuild the iconic Rangoon University Student Union building in its original location, according to U Tint Lwin, a member of parliament representing the Pazundaung township.

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Shop owners decry poor maintenance of Shwe Mingalar

The shop owners of Shwe Mingalar Market decried the regional government and the developer of the market for their failure to properly maintain the facility, which they promised to do when they sold the shops four years ago.

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Ban lifted on going to Malaysia for work

Myanmar has lifted a six-month ban on sending workers to Malaysia, a senior labour official said, as the country struggles with influx of tens of thousands of returning migrants from neighbouring Thailand.

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Police says robbery not motive in the killing of family of four

Police investigators said robbery could not have been the motive in the killing of a family of four in August last year at Shwe Nant Thar village in Mingalardon, hinting the crime could have been the perpetrated by the husband.

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