The Myanmar Times
Thursday, 30 July 2015
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

ILO meets factory owner over firings

An International Labour Organisation official met last week with the owner of a garment factory where nine workers were allegedly dismissed for forming a labour organisation.

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‘Now I can stand by myself’

Poverty has haunted Ma Nang Ram, 22, for much of her life. Her parents divorced when she was young, and her mum had to raise Ma Nang Ram and her four siblings in Putao, northern Kachin State, on her own.

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Optimistic, young people turn to business

Young Myanmar are increasingly interested in establishing their own businesses but face significant start-up barriers, private business education providers say.

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Govt looks to rebuild ‘rice bowl’

THE government is aiming for Myanmar to regain its status as the “rice bowl” of Southeast Asia, a senior official said as he pitched the country’s agriculture sector to prospective foreign investors last week.

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Zaykabar files defamation charge against politician over land dispute

Construction firm Zaykabar last week filed defamation charges against a politician assisting farmers embroiled in a land ownership dispute with the company in Yangon’s Mingalardon township.

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Youth, and their votes, hold the key to nation’s future

Progress in Myanmar will not continue without the active participation of its youth. Making up approximately one-third of the population, this demographic will be running the country in about 15 to 20 years and also represents a large bloc of voters right now. Winning elections, therefore, will require parties and candidates to win this youth vote, and winning the youth vote will require an understanding of this group’s voting behaviour and priorities.

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Free bus rides to mark anniversary

Some Yangon buses will carry passengers free of charge on August 20 to mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of Ma Hta Tha, the body the oversees the city’s bus network.

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Govt, ­Singapore Polytechnic sign agreement

The Ministry of Labour earlier this month signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Singapore Polytechnic and Temasek Foundation to train Myanmar’s senior policymakers in boosting workforce development.

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Community urged to join hepatitis fight

Self-help groups and organisations are needed to improve awareness of hepatitis diseases and boost prevention activities, liver specialists said at a ceremony to mark World Hepatitis Day 2012 at Yangon’s Nursing University.

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Road deaths rise in Yangon

The number of deaths recorded on Yangon’s roads rose more than 30 percent in the first six months of 2012, the second significant increase in as many years.

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