Wednesday, May 04, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Evicted families promised land but face food, supply shortfall

Thousands of families evicted from military-owned land have been promised new plots in exchange for the 560 acres they were allegedly squatting on. The minister for security and border affairs in Yangon said the government has a compensation plan, but was light on the exact details.

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Yangon buses in a feud for gas

A row has flared between Yangon bus owners and the regional transport authority over access to compressed natural gas. Ma Hta Tha, the Yangon Region Supervisory Committee for Motor Vehicles, says it is inviting buses to sign up to receive more CNG, but some owners say they have been kept in the dark.

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Controversial hospital extension goes ahead

The construction of a controversial 12-storey building in the compound of Yangon General Hospital in downtown Yangon will go ahead as planned, according to the Ministry of Health.

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Local officials arrested for suspected graft

Police who arrested two wanted men in a blaze of gunfire last weekend say they have uncovered a network of corrupt local officials apparently working with the two suspects.

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Insein GTI needs learning facilities

Built 120 years ago, the Government Technical Institute in Insein township, Yangon Region, is about to reopen – but with inadequate facilities, say officials and former students. Insein GTI social welfare association secretary Daw Thuzar Lin says the buildings are in need of repair and lab facilities are inadequate.

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Lawyers struggle to assert independence

It's time to set lawyers free and establish the rule of law in Myanmar, a newly formed organisation of lawyers says. The Independent Lawyers’ Association of Myanmar wants to end government control over the legal profession as a first step toward rooting out the corruption and subservience many associate with the profession.

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Hundreds of families evicted from Mingalardon

Heavy machinery reduced the homes of several hundred families to rubble in Yangon’s Mingalardon township early yesterday, leaving residents in the rain with their meager possessions.

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Farmers fear more rain as unseasonal storms hit Myanmar

Yesterday's unseasonal rain will be back, says the weatherman. The product of strong east winds and a high-pressure system in China, downpours drenched much of the country.

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Three killed in construction site accident

Three workers, including a child, were killed and another three are still missing after a retaining wall under construction at a Yangon monastery collapsed yesterday.

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Police swoop on gang bosses in Yangon

A police crackdown focused on Yangon’s notorious township of Hlaing Tharyar has netted nine suspected criminal gang leaders, including opium smugglers and the owner of a gambling den.

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