Monday, May 30, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Yangon chief minister pledges to rid the city of corrupt governance

Yangon's new chief minister U Phyo Min Thein has vowed to scrub the city of corruption and install a graft-free administration. U Phyo Min Thein spoke with The Myanmar Times from his home in Hlegu township about how he plans on tackling his reform agenda.

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Comedians to escape charge after apology

Four comedians are likely to escape charges of insulting religion after making an apology to a senior monk from a Buddhist nationalist group.

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Report lays bare forestry sector’s ills

Poor law enforcement and weak governance have been blamed for rapid deforestation in Myanmar over the past 25 years, during which time more than a quarter of forest cover has been lost.

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NLD treads carefully over remarks on citizenship

A senior National League for Democracy parliamentarian says the party has raised concerns with religion and culture minister Thura U Aung Ko over his recent comments about Muslims.

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Parliament axes two flyovers

The brief – and expensive – era of the flyover appears to have ended, with the Yangon Region parliament scrapping plans approved by its predecessor for two new bridges.

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Yangon’s illegal residents appeal for end to evictions

Hlaing Tharyar residents who were considered unlawful squatters by the former government are appealing to the new administration to end the policy of violent evictions.

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President signs controversial bill

President U Htin Kyaw signed into law yesterday the hotly contested “state counsellor” bill – legislation that creates a new advisory position for Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, and even explicitly names her in the text.

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China pledges support for new Myanmar government

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi yesterday pledged Beijing’s support for Myanmar’s new government after holding talks with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi that touched on China’s sometimes controversial investment projects, including the suspended Myitsone dam.

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Ex-civil servants dominate Yangon cabinet

Yangon's new chief minister is under attack again, this time from members of his own party who criticised his cabinet appointments.

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US group to help YCDC end dog poisoning

Dog lovers have come to the rescue of Yangon’s population of stray canines, who otherwise would be at risk of death. The city authorities, who still deal with strays under a 1922 law that allows the use of deadly poison, have now signed a three-year agreement with a US-based humane society.

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