Prisoners register for matriculation exam

More and more inmates are applying to take their matriculation exam this year, says Insein Central Prison. A total of 31 men and one woman have registered, said deputy director U Myo Oo on October 11.

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Agencies crack down on formalin in food

Officials from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) say they are using surveillance to monitor when formalin is being using in food products at markets.

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State-owned apartment bill in draft stage

“Homes for life” will soon be a thing of the past. The government is drafting a bill to end the system by which state-owned apartments are rented out to tenants who can sublet them to others or pass them on to their descendants.

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Farmers protest low-cost housing project in Yangon

Dispossessed farmers are taking to the courts to retrieve land they say is theirs, mounting a prosecution against construction companies building low-cost housing there.

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Free surgery gives clear vision for Yangon residents

Two hundred Yangonites will be able to see more clearly thanks to the Brightness Journey program sponsored by the Yunan Friendship Foundation and the Visakha Foundation, which is providing free cataract surgery to people in need.

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Yangon chief minister promoted to ranks of NLD’s top leadership

Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein has been promoted to the upper echelons of the National League for Democracy leadership, according to a statement released yesterday evening.

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Muslim men in Yangon face charges for keeping cows without permission

Three Muslim men have been arrested and are on trial for keeping 92 cows in a Yangon field without prior permission, according to officials from the Shwe Pyi Thar township police station.

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Four national human rights commissioners resign over child domestic workers scandal

Four members of the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission resigned yesterday amid a ballooning scandal and seething public backlash over financial settlement arranged in a child torture case.

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Hluttaw mulls partial lifting of Yangon motorbike ban

Motorcycles may soon return to Yangon’s streets, if MP U Yan Aung Min gets his way.

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Myanmar to bring maritime labour laws up to standard

Following its ratification of the International Labour Organization’s 2006 Maritime Labour Convention in May, the Myanmar government is working to bring the country’s seafaring laws up to international standard.

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