Sunday, August 20, 2017

No settlement in Maha Thanti Thuka monastery dispute

The attempt to settle ownership dispute for Maha Thanti Thuka (Maha Santi Sukha) monastery – which has been closed for 3 years – between State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee (Ma Ha Na) and Penan Sayadaw U Pyinnya Wuntha, has failed, Minister for Religious Affairs and Culture Thura U Aung Ko told The Myanmar Times.

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Student union to be rebuilt in original location

Government officials and some student leaders have agreed to rebuild the iconic Rangoon University Student Union building in its original location, according to U Tint Lwin, a member of parliament representing the Pazundaung township.

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Shop owners decry poor maintenance of Shwe Mingalar

The shop owners of Shwe Mingalar Market decried the regional government and the developer of the market for their failure to properly maintain the facility, which they promised to do when they sold the shops four years ago.

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Ban lifted on going to Malaysia for work

Myanmar has lifted a six-month ban on sending workers to Malaysia, a senior labour official said, as the country struggles with influx of tens of thousands of returning migrants from neighbouring Thailand.

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Police says robbery not motive in the killing of family of four

Police investigators said robbery could not have been the motive in the killing of a family of four in August last year at Shwe Nant Thar village in Mingalardon, hinting the crime could have been the perpetrated by the husband.

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Civil society urges govt to ink UN anti-torture treaty

Civil society groups have urged the government to sign a UN treaty aimed at banning all forms of torture, emphasising that the previous government had made a commitment to sign the convention.

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Action taken against 55 district, township judges

Action has been taken against 55 district and township judges by the Supreme Court of the Union of Myanmar for dereliction of duty, according to the 2016 Court Annual Report.

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MPF sets up retail shops

In a move to combat the sales of counterfeit medicines and drugs, the Myanmar Pharmaceutical Factory (MPF), under the Ministry of Industry, has cancelled its distribution network involving sales representatives.

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Yangon launches clean up, beautification campaign as tourist numbers rise

A multi-sectoral campaign to clean up and beautify Yangon kicked off Sunday in a downtown alley between 31st and 32nd streets, as the country registered a spike in tourist arrivals.

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Journalists call for media freedom

Civil societies and The Protection Committee for Myanmar Journalists staged a protest calling for media freedom in the country and the release of detained journalists.

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