The Myanmar Times
Tuesday, 16 September 2014
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Expert cautions on ‘land grab’ model

A visiting land expert has warned against falling for the “dominant model” of land grabbing, which sees small-scale farmers replaced by agri-businesses that are in many cases less productive.

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For the poor, change a long way off

Ko Tun Min had worked as a scissor sharpener for most of his adult life. While his wage was not spectacular, it was enough to get by and support his wife and three children – that is, until his regular customers slowly dried up.

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‘Scattered values’ united under Shwedagon

Five leading Buddhist monks delivered sermons to audiences numbering in the tens of thousands at Pyi Thu Yin Pyin public square in Yangon from February 17 to 21, to mark the 2600th anniversary of Shwedagon Pagoda.

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Curfew set for internet shops

Township authorities have instructed internet cafes in Yangon to close by 11pm or face as-yet-unspecified penalties, cafe owners said last week.

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Public submissions called for climate change draft report

The Department of Meteorology and Hydrology is inviting public submissions on the first draft of a UN-backed climate change adaptation report, a spokesperson said earlier this month.

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YCDC to introduce colour-coded rubbish bags

Yangon City Development Committee is introducing a colour-coding system for waste disposal, an official said last week.

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People's Park fountain cinema to open in April

A Fountain at People’s Park in Sanchaung township that will also double as a cinema will be finished in mid-April, the engineer working on the project said last week.

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Fire destroys hundreds of homes

About 1400 people have been left homeless after a fire destroyed almost 340 homes near an industrial zone in Hlaing Tharyar township on February 6.

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Our growing air pollution problem

Concerns are growing over air pollution in Yangon, after monitoring devices last month recorded particulate matter levels 60 percent above the World Health Organisation-recommended maximum.

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Appliances cause most fires: dept

More than one-third of fire outbreaks in Yangon in 2011 were the result of faulty or misused electrical appliances, including a deadly blaze and explosion in Mingalar Taung Nyunt on December 29, a fire department official said last week.

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