Wednesday, September 28, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Blacklisted workers unhireable: activists

Factory owners are circulating a blacklist of about 85 workers associated with trade union activity and the organisation of industrial action. Known activists are finding it increasingly difficult to find employment even as employers are ordered to rehire workers dismissed for union-related activity.

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Northern Yangon squatters notified of impending eviction

Squatters living in five villages of northern Yangon Region have been given a September 5 deadline to clear out of their illegal dwellings, according to a press conference held by members of the affected populations.

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Family murder fuels online rumour mill

Yangon police have sought to quell speculation over the quadruple homicide of a former police officer and three of his family members in Mingaladon township last week, after rumours about possible motives and culprits circulated widely on social media.  

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Yangon MPs will answer your phone calls

Got a problem you think your local MP can fix? On August 27 you can call him or her up and talk about it. Elected representatives from six southern Yangon Region townships will be available on that morning to answer their constituents’ questions.

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Waste-to-energy plant slated for early 2017

A power plant fuelled by garbage will add 300 kilowatts an hour to the Yangon city grid, while at the same time reducing pollution, experts say. The waste-energy factory, due to open next April in Shwe Pyi Thar township, is already 80 percent complete, said U Aung Myint Maw, assistant chief engineer at Yangon City Development Committee.

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Elderly woman freed after three weeks in jail over defamation

A 62-year-old woman was freed on August 22 after spending 22 days in jail for allegedly defaming another woman on Facebook.

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In power play, Yangon University looks in-house

Perhaps at wits’ end over chronic blackouts in the commercial capital, Yangon University is working on two projects that will allow it to generate electricity in-house.

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Vaccine program aims to head off Japanese encephalitis outbreak

Health officials are fighting back against a deadly outbreak of Japanese encephalitis, which has killed 19 people, including four children, since January. The Department of Public Health has launched a program to vaccinate 40,000 people in the hardest-hit locations.

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Religious leaders pray for children ahead of meet-up

A multi-faith gathering calling for prayers for peace and social order for the sake of children was held yesterday, in advance of the 21st-century Panglong Conference, at Chatrium Hotel in Yangon.

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MOEAF members sign code of conduct

As controversy continues to swirl around allegations that the Myanmar government was condoning the “legal trafficking” of migrant workers to overseas jobs, it has emerged that more than 100 employment agencies have signed up to a new code of conduct.

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