Thursday, July 28, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Jetty construction near Botahtaung Pagoda suspended

Parliament has suspended the construction of a jetty near Botahtaung Pagoda in Yangon, which had already been approved by the Myanmar Investment Commission.

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Heavy rain expected this week

Here it comes. The full strength of the monsoon will be visited on Yangon and other parts of the country starting this week, with thunderstorms and heavy rain forecast for the period June 8 to 13.

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Yangon shanty towns defy chief minister’s order

And still they come: Yangon Region authorities are fighting a running battle against the constant proliferation of illegal shanties, which have continued to spring up overnight despite a city ordinance that any new unofficial residents will be arrested.

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‘Pyi Myanmar’ daily temporarily suspends print publication

After three years of printing, Swe Sone Media Group announced on June 3 that it would temporarily cease publication of its Pyi Myanmar daily newspaper.

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Abandoned babies reveal lack of sex education, support for single mothers

During a power blackout on a hot night in May, Ma Thidar Han heard a baby crying at around 9pm in a back lane of Yangon’s Mingalar Taung Nyunt township, where she works as a ward administrator. According to officers at the Yangon Police Headquarters, it was the second baby to be abandoned by its mother in Mingalar Taung Nyunt township in May.

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Central Arbitration Council reduces compensation order

A steel factory defying a labour tribunal’s order to compensate laid off and abused workers was told it can now pay less than the initially ruled amount.

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MPs review Botahtaung jetty project

A new jetty proposed near Botahtaung Pagoda, Yangon, could damage the structure of the building and disturb worshippers, an MP has warned. Seikkan township MP U Tin Maung Win told the Pyithu Hluttaw on June 3 that the government should postpone construction, or even build the jetty somewhere else.

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Gender inequality devalues women’s work: Oxfam

“They think that we are like animals.”

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Govt tears down new shanty towns

The Yangon chief minister is already making good on a promise to crack down on “new squatters” in a bid to end the city’s land-grab fights. As of yesterday, authorities demolished 99 shanties built since the minister’s May 25 announcement.

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Yangon has to face the part-time electricity cut-offs

Decaying power lines – some more than 100 years old – surging demand and long-term neglect, plus a shortage of money, all mean one thing for Yangon residents over the coming weeks and months: power cuts. At a May 31 press conference, Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein laid out what residents can expect as electric company officials try to keep up with demand.

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