Sunday, February 14, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

A long wait: HIV treatment advances slowly

The Ministry of Health marked World HIV/AIDS day last week noting the success of fewer deaths and a stabilising infection rate, yet treatment remains an enormous stumbling block. With a dire lack of equipment, specialists and funding, HIV/AIDS treatment is barely reaching half of those who need it in Myanmar, patients and doctors say.

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NLD commemorates National Day with eye to reconciliation

The National League for Democracy marked the 95th anniversary of National Day yesterday with a pledge to honour the legacy of striking university students who launched the unrest that eventually lead to liberation from colonial rule.

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Yangon mayor offers rebuttal on park dispute

The Yangon government has shot back against accusations that it has been leasing public parks on the cheap to business elite.

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Volunteer youth collect trash, merit

At Shwedagon Pagoda, it is a common enough sight – citizens taking up brooms or wash-cloths to keep the compound swept clean and the toilets sparkling. Devout Buddhists do this to acquire merit.

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Central Bank in spotlight over coins

The ire of MPs over the 11.95 percent supplementary budget request from the outgoing government was directed yesterday toward the Central Bank.

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Some Shan IDPs return to their homes

Some 700 civilians displaced by fighting in central Shan State are said to have returned to their homes from Lechar/Laihka township following a lull in the conflict, but many other villagers are afraid to go back because of the danger of landmines.

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Builder submits flyover accounts after MP threat

The Yangon Region government has rejected a proposal to announce a detailed breakdown of the cost of four flyovers before the end of its current term.

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Last group of rescued migrants in limbo

Bangladesh and Myanmar remain at odds over 28 people who were among more than 900 rescued at sea in May, after being abandoned by human traffickers.

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British embassy to help document sexual violence

The British embassy in Yangon is stepping up efforts to help human rights defenders investigate allegations of sexual violence against women, particularly in conflict areas.

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ART provision increases three-fold in five years

More than 101,000 people living with HIV were receiving antiretroviral therapy as of September, an increase of more than three-fold since 2010, says Dr Than Aung, Union minister for health.

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