Sunday, January 22, 2017
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

MPs criticise Yangon govt for budget cost increases, lack of input

Members of the Yangon Region parliament have criticised the regional government over what they claim is a failure to consult and cooperate with MPs on newly released 2017-18 budget figures.

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Strand Road backed up by new shipping policy

A new policy limiting container transport to nighttime rounds has gotten off to a rocky start, causing a major traffic jam along Strand Road yesterday that continued into the afternoon.

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Street vendor holdouts, YCDC on crash course over relocation plan

Tensions are mounting between Yangon City Development Committee and the commercial capital’s street vendors, as a small contingent refuses to move stalls from their locations on Anawrahta Road.

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Hluttaw OKs Japanese loan to fund Thanlyin bridge

In spite of concerns raised by lawmakers on the wisdom of accepting large foreign loans for commercially viable projects, the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw overwhelmingly voted yesterday in favour of receiving more than 31 billion yen (US$283 million) from the Japanese government to fund the construction of a new bridge over the Bago River.

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Kofi Annan urges restabilisation of Rakhine amid ongoing violence

Rakhine State Advisory Commission head and former UN secretary general Kofi Annan has urged the government to focus on restabilising Rakhine State amid ongoing violence that has freshly displaced thousands and driven a further “wedge” between Buddhist and Muslim communities.

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‘White flag’ marchers in Yangon urge end to conflict

Peace activists in Yangon held a “white flag” march yesterday calling for an end to the country’s civil war, with around 50 people joining the procession through the commercial capital’s downtown area.

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Plastic factory strike targets increased wages and workplace safety

Nearly 300 workers from the Shwe Mi plastic factory in Hlaing Tharyar township’s industrial zone have been on strike for over a week, demanding an increase in wages and an improvement in other employment conditions.

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MPs to mull Japan’s soft loan offer

Parliament will decide this week whether or not to accept a 94 billion yen (US$824 million) soft loan from Japan for a range of capital projects, including aid to farmers, building roads and bridges for rural development, expanding electricity distribution, upgrading the Yangon-Mandalay Railway and improving Yangon’s water supply.

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Kachin youth need more information on HIV, STD transmission: report

HIV/AIDS is ravaging rural Kachin State as most residents feel they have little or no access to confidential counselling, condoms, or information about sexually transmitted diseases. Many do not even realise condoms can protect them, say local youth organisations.

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Police release CCTV after robbery

Police have published CCTV pictures of two suspects and made a public appeal for information in the wake of a daylight armed robbery at a money changer in Yangon’s Sanchaung township.

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