Friday, April 29, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Bus upgrade offers commuters a reprieve

What is as cool and comfortable as a taxi but almost as cheap as a bus – though a safe bus with polite conductors? The new Bus Rapid Transport system, that’s what. The BRT has launched its new service to favourable reviews from Yangon’s long-suffering commuters last week.

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Fresh arrest for Facebook satire

Perhaps inspired by the draconian measures taken against other social media pranksters, a Yangon resident decided to goad Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing online.

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Road safety campaigner passes away

Myanmar’s nascent road safety lobby has lost one of its strongest advocates.

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Police arrest seller of male sex drugs

Police are on the lookout for peddlers of knock-off sexual performance enhancing drugs. In order to create a safer Valentine’s Day, Yangon officers say they are cracking down on illicit, unregistered and fake sex drugs.

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Polio campaign to target almost 5m children

Striking what they hope will be a death blow against polio, health officials are preparing for a nationwide assault. The Supplementary Polio Immunisation Campaign will take place from February 20 to 22, National Immunisation Day (NID).

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Evicted residents to lobby NLD for resettlement

Residents violently evicted in Mingaladon township last week are to petition the National League for Democracy for a speedy resettlement. They also want an investigation into the violence with which they were driven from their homes.

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Despite rise in deadly accidents, seat belts not catching on

The penalties for failing to fasten your seat belt may include a K30,000 fine and a broken neck.

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Yangon’s deepening housing crisis leaves families on the streets

The number has surged from an estimate of 65,000 at the end of 2013 on government and privately owned land, but no official survey has been done since, U Win Naing, deputy director of housing development in the Ministry of Construction, told The Myanmar Times in mid-January. It has been suggested that there may be as many as 2 million squatters.

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Rights commission slams govt for not helping squatters

Forced evictions in Yangon and Mandalay last month have led to the creation of a “new breed of roadside squatters”, according to the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission.

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A town beyond the law: Hlaing Tharyar

Hlaing Tharyar is a township of fear, beyond police control, say residents.

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