Tuesday, January 24, 2017
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Unofficial tenants warned to move off explosive gas pipelines

Several unofficial shanty towns erected around Yangon are at risk of triggering an explosion as they were built above old, unreliable gas pipelines, according to a government official.

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Yangon picks up its trash in volunteer effort

About 100 Yangon residents spent an hour picking up trash downtown yesterday.

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Yangon govt sues Eleven over story implying chief minister took bribe

The Yangon Region government has filed a defamation suit against Eleven Media Group and its CEO U Than Htut Aung after he reportedly used Facebook to elaborate on previously published allegations that implied a quid pro quo involving the region’s chief minister.

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Workers left in lurch by overseas employment agency seek compensation

Eighteen Myanmar migrant workers are seeking additional compensation from the Perfect Company employment agency over what they say is its failure to accept responsibility for the joblessness to which they were subjected upon arriving in Thailand.

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Sailors protest raft of abuses in front of Yangon’s city hall

Over 100 Myanmar sailors staged a demonstration in front of Yangon City Hall yesterday, outlining a litany of grievances for the Department of Marine Administration. Crew members from other countries have an easier time getting promoted through the ranks, the demonstrators said, while the marine department’s cumbersome training obligations and policies hold them back.

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Man charged over online slander of state counsellor

A man who allegedly made disparaging remarks about State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is to face court in North Okkalapa township on November 18, charged under Section 66(d) of the Telecommunications Law for defamation.

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No free pass for student MP

A sitting lawmaker in the Yangon Region legislature isn’t getting a free pass on final exams due to his position, the Department of Higher Education has confirmed, while acknowledging that all government employees enrolled in tertiary study are entitled to certain concessions – within reason.

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Insein inmate resumes studies behind bars

The man is 21 years old, but looks older. He would look older still except for the white shirt and green longyi he wears, which gives him the air of a schoolboy. He is, in fact, doing quite well at his studies. He is also a convicted murderer, serving his time in Insein Prison.

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Mayor: ‘New city’ going forward, imperative for Yangon’s future

The Yangon Region government is pressing ahead with plans in the commercial capital townships of Twante, Seikgyi Khanaungto and Kyeemyindaing for the “new city” development, in line with a broader master plan it has for Myanmar’s biggest city, Mayor U Maung Maung Soe told the regional parliament last week.

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Health authorities seek to tackle Zika threat

The arrival of Myanmar’s first documented case of Zika has prompted health authorities to boost disease control efforts, in a bid to contain its spread.

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