Sunday, August 28, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Yangon minister heads back to school

It's back to school for the Yangon Region minister for social affairs, who for years had been prevented from completing his studies as punishment for his activism against the junta government.

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Concrete blocks on Yangon roads to be swapped with steel grilles

Combining road safety with style, the Yangon Region government is to replace the concrete lane markers on the city’s busiest streets with steel grilles starting this month, said Police Lieutenant Colonel Aung Ko Oo of the traffic police.

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President will not attend Martyrs’ Day event in Yangon

Those expecting to see Myanmar’s new president attend the first Martyrs’ Day commemoration since he took office will find themselves disappointed this year, but State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi does plan to again join the main ceremony in Yangon on July 19.

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Nationalist protesters demand govt listen to ‘voice of the people’

Nationalist marched through the rain yesterday demanding the government reverse a decision to refer to self-identifying Rohingyas as “Muslims in Rakhine State”. The protesters said “Bengali” – officially used by the previous government – must remain the condoned terminology.

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Garment factory workers protest for unpaid compensation

Workers from the La Won Htet Tha garment factory in Hlaing Tharyar’s Shwe Linn Ban industrial zone demonstrated on July 8, demanding compensation because the factory suddenly shut down.

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After half a century, students demand govt reveal truth about July 7 crackdown

Students yesterday reiterated their annual call for the resurrection of Yangon’s iconic student union on the anniversary of the day it was dynamited by General Ne Win’s government.

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Nearly 14 road deaths daily in first half of 2016

Road-related deaths are up, with an average of 13.9 people killed each day in the first six months of the year, according to Lieutenant General Kyaw Swe, minister for home affairs.

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After being pulled from Yangon screening, ‘Twilight over Burma’ banned at Thai film festival

A Film censored in Myanmar at a human rights festival last month has now been banned in Thailand, apparently for similar reasons. Twilight over Burma, the story of the wife of Hsipaw saopha (prince) Sao Kya Seng, was one of four films to be abruptly pulled from the Thailand International Film Destination Festival.

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Nationalists protest against Yangon chief minister

Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein was greeted at the airport by a mix of supporters and nationalist protesters yesterday as he returned from a controversial trip to Singapore.

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Govt to inspect land-use permits granted to Hlegu villagers

Parliament has instructed the Yangon government to inspect land-use permits disputed by farmers in Hlegu township.

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