The Myanmar Times
Thursday, 03 September 2015
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

US speaks out over recent protest arrests

Following a rash of arrests and convictions of protesters, the US embassy in Yangon has criticised the government’s increasing use of restrictive assembly laws to crack down on political gatherings.

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Minimum wage plan prompts hundreds of complaints

The deadline for objections over the government-proposed minimum wage elapsed this week with an outpouring of complaints, according to the Yangon Region Committee on the Minimum Wage.

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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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