Thursday, August 25, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

President U Htin Kyaw observes Waso and Martyrs’ Day

On yesterday’s double holiday – Martyrs’ Day and the full moon day of Waso – President U Htin Kyaw donated Waso robes and honoured fallen martyrs in the Dhammayone, a religious community hall in the Nay Pyi Taw Council Office compound.

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Garment workers receive partial severance compensation

After drawn out negotiations, 85 workers from a recently shuttered garment factory in Yangon’s Hlaing Tharyar township received part of their severance compensation yesterday, following their second protest staged over the weekend.

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Two killed in express bus accident on Yangon-Mandalay highway

Two people were killed and at least 25 others injured when an express bus veered off the Yangon-Mandalay highway en route to Taungoo on July 15. The accident took place at about 10pm in Kyauktaga township, Bago Region.

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New Thanlyin-Thaketa bridge planned to reduce traffic congestion

Yangon's regional government plans to resolve traffic problems on the longest bridge in the region by building a new one, which will connect Thanlyin and Thaketa townships over the Bago River. Repairs are also planned for the old bridge.

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Teams organised to compile roster of illegal dwellings

Teams have been formed to compile a list of unofficial residents in Yangon Region as the government attempts to sort out the profusion of illegal settlements in the commercial capital.

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Low-cost housing not going to neediest: MP

Housing authorities need to find a better way of selecting tenants to occupy government-built low-cost homes, MPs say. The traditional method of drawing lots from among the applicants isn’t working, as too many successful applicants promptly sell or lease their apartment.

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Yangon minister heads back to school

It's back to school for the Yangon Region minister for social affairs, who for years had been prevented from completing his studies as punishment for his activism against the junta government.

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Concrete blocks on Yangon roads to be swapped with steel grilles

Combining road safety with style, the Yangon Region government is to replace the concrete lane markers on the city’s busiest streets with steel grilles starting this month, said Police Lieutenant Colonel Aung Ko Oo of the traffic police.

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President will not attend Martyrs’ Day event in Yangon

Those expecting to see Myanmar’s new president attend the first Martyrs’ Day commemoration since he took office will find themselves disappointed this year, but State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi does plan to again join the main ceremony in Yangon on July 19.

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Nationalist protesters demand govt listen to ‘voice of the people’

Nationalist marched through the rain yesterday demanding the government reverse a decision to refer to self-identifying Rohingyas as “Muslims in Rakhine State”. The protesters said “Bengali” – officially used by the previous government – must remain the condoned terminology.

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