The Myanmar Times
Saturday, 20 September 2014
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Cars instead of footpaths: How Yangon is losing its charm

The Yangon City Development Committee’s misguided efforts to deal with worsening traffic congestion threatens to destroy the unique character of the city’s downtown area and encourage the use of cars.

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Taw Win workers avoid jail over protest march

Six labour representatives from the embattled Taw Win timber factory who were fined K10,000 by Sanchaung township court last week said they had expected to be given jail terms for their role in organising an illegal protest.

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Lawyers preparing to appeal convictions

Members of the Lawyers’ Network are preparing to appeal to the Yangon Region High Court over the conviction of two peace march organisers under section 18 of the peaceful protest law.

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Jailing prompts fresh protests

The jailing of two men who led protests against the confiscation of land in Yangon’s Thingangyun township has prompted others displaced by the land grab to launch a 24-hour protest.

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Lost kingdom: The forgotten royal family

In a modest Yangon apartment, the granddaughter of Myanmar’s last king lives poor and unrecognised by her neighbours.

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Echoes of Gettysburg in Yangon

An event celebrating the 150th anniversary of US President Abraham Lincoln’s famous Gettysburg Address was held by the United States embassy at the Practicing High School in Kamayut township on November 19.

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Police designate tow-away zones

The Yangon City Development Committee and traffic police have established no-stopping zones on 37 streets in Yangon, with the aim of reducing congestion in high-traffic areas.

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Advertising coming to city circle trains

Four companies have won the right to advertise in Yangon’s circular trains, Myanma Railways says – but only the newer cars seem to be drawing the eyes of advertisers.

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Peace process must hear voices of women, says Nobel winner

Peace in Myanmar is needed now after a half-century of civil war and political unrest among ethnic groups, says Liberian 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee.

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Yangon revenue to rise $100m next year

Yangon Region is expected to generate K100 billion more in taxes next year, regional hluttaw members heard last week as they discussed the 2014-15 financial year budget law.

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