Wednesday, February 10, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Civil societies call for more space at table

Civil society organisations have called for more representation around the negotiating table when the government and ethnic armed groups launch the next stage of the peace process in early January.

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Prison doctor summoned to provide medical evidence in activist’s trial

The court yesterday rejected a request to release an activist on freedom of expression grounds, but did not eclipse the possibility of medical bail.

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Hope for unpaid wages drives repatriated fishermen

Rather than retributive justice, a desire to get their unpaid dues drove 13 Myanmar fishermen back to the site of the crime to provide testimony against captors who had for years enslaved them, they said.

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Tatmadaw to arm police amid security concerns

With the help of the Tatmadaw, police are to be armed to help them fight increasingly violent crime, parliament heard yesterday. Deputy Minister for Home Affairs Brigadier General Kyaw Kyaw Tun told the Pyithu Hluttaw the 38-calibre pistols issued to police were being replaced with more modern military-style weapons.

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Another student activist detained over June protest

Police said yesterday that they had arrested a student activist accused of stirring unrest at a June protest calling for an end to military MPs holding one-quarter of parliament’s seats.

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IOM to help reintegrate trafficking victims

Fisherman who were repatriated to Myanmar following years as indentured labourers in remote Indonesian waters say they are struggling to find work and resume their lives.

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Garment workers protest unpaid wages

More than 200 workers at Htate Tan Myanmar garment factory in Hlaing Tharyar township’s industrial zone 4 have been protesting in support of a demand for unpaid wages since December 14.

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Government eyes K80 billion revenue from phone card tax

The top-up tax is coming back, MPs heard yesterday. Hoping to raise K80 billion (US$61.67 million) in revenue, finance minister U Win Shein told the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw that the unpopular tax, suspended days before its planned introduction last June because of public outrage, would be applied from the beginning of the next financial year.

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Political dialogue framework completed on deadline

After much wrangling, the representatives to participate in the ceasefire’s peace dialogue have been chosen, and just in time to meet yesterday’s deadline.

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Police investigate, dismiss social media rumours

Yangon  police have dismissed accounts widely spread on social media that a city mosque was acting as a hub for an illegal human trafficking network.

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