Wednesday, February 10, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Ma Ba Tha continues to lead charge against Thai verdict

Hard-line Buddhist monks and their supporters again took to the streets yesterday to protest the conviction of the two Myanmar migrant workers condemned to death for murder and rape on Koh Tao island in Thailand.

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Ministry to sue garment factory boss

A runaway boss is to be sued for failing to attend conciliation meetings aimed at resolving a labour dispute. The Yangon Region labour relations department of the Ministry of Labour will take action against U Min Min, owner of the Htate Tan Myanmar garment factory, for his persistent absences, said deputy director of the department Daw Lwin Lwin Myint.

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Series of small quakes near Yangon under watch

Seismologists are keeping a close eye on a series of small earthquakes shaking Yangon, with the Myanmar Earthquake Committee suspecting they are aftershocks of a larger jolt that occurred on the evening of January 12, blacking out wide areas of the city.

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Facebook unblocks cartoonist’s page

A prominent cartoonist who ruffled feathers with a satirical cartoon of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is now back on Facebook after his page was blocked. Facebook spokesperson Clare Wareing apologised yesterday for the suspension of S Thar Htoo’s account, which arose after complaints from unknown users had invoked the social medium’s authentic name policy.

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Canal repair reduces Yangon water supply

Householders in 19 Yangon city townships are being urged to store water as repair work proceeds on the canal that supplies much of the city’s water. The city’s Irrigation Department will be working on the canal between the Ngamoeyeik dam and the city’s Nyaunghnapin pumping station from January 11 to 13, according to state-owned media.

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President pledges help for shopkeepers after market fire

President U Thein Sein visited Yangon’s Mingalar Market yesterday and met with shopkeepers whose property was gutted after a fire swept through the building on January 9 – the second such blaze in six years.

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Fire guts Yangon Sanchaung homes

Police are investigating a mystery blaze that broke out near Gwa Market in Yangon’s Sanchaung township yesterday morning, destroying 14 homes and injuring five residents.

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Hepatitis survey points to nearly 5 million infected

Nearly 5 million people in Myanmar suffer from a form of hepatitis, health officials say. A nationwide survey conducted last year estimated that about 3.3 million people suffer from hepatitis B and a further 1.3 million live with hepatitis C.

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Complaints against YMBA’s operations continue

Controversy again surrounds the venerable Young Men’s Buddhist Association, whose activities were disrupted for more than a year amid accusations of corruption and misconduct by some senior members.

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Immigration grants new visa types

Entry into Myanmar by foreign visitors, including businesspeople, tourists and students, will get easier starting today.

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