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U Bein Bridge in urgent need of repair

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U Bein Bridge in urgent need of repair

- The U Bein Bridge will be undergoing a three-year conservation project but before that urgent repairs need to be carried out. Professor Dr Zar Chi Min, from the Technological University (Mandalay) said that the damaged parts of the bridge were repaired with the project team including technicians from Germany for five days from May 8. To perform the project, requirements such as funds, wood and workers need to be met

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New Mingalar Market to begin construction in November

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New Mingalar Market to begin construction in November

- After suffering a devastating fire about one and a half years ago, the location of Mingalar market is now in a good condition to start construction for the new market, said Ko Kyaw Naing Htwe, representative of shopkeepers in Mingalar Market. On May 18, a meeting took place between officials from Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) and shopkeepers from Mingalar Market to discuss the design for the new market

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Tags: Markets | 
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Healthy ecosystems needed for PPP to flourish

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Healthy ecosystems needed for PPP to flourish

- Greater cooperation is required to implement public and private partnerships (PPP) projects to boost development of infrastructure in Myanmar. According to U Pyi Soe Htin, Executive Director of the International Banking Division of Asia Green Development Bank (AGD), although many ASEAN nations have reached developed status in recent decades, there are still nations that lag behind, including Myanmar. He said that there is an urgent need for development of PPP projects to improve infrastructure, transportation and electricity to ensure a uniform rate of development among countries in ASEAN, especially Myanmar

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Burma: Chinese naval ships to conduct joint exercises amid closer ties

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Burma: Chinese naval ships to conduct joint exercises amid closer ties

- CHINA’s defence ministry has confirmed the arrival of naval ships in Burma (Myanmar) to conduct joint search and rescue and communications exercises, after the countries’ heads of state met earlier in the week. The ships arrived in Yangon on Thursday for a four-day visit said military spokesman Wu Qian, fresh off the back of Asean and China agreeing upon a draft framework for conduct in the disputed South China Sea

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Photo exhibition shows ‘the many faces of LGBT Myanmar’

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Photo exhibition shows ‘the many faces of LGBT Myanmar’

- The most powerful part of the new &PROUD photo exhibition is just how well it celebrates simple, everyday moments. In an atmosphere of ongoing discrimination and politicisation around the LGBT community in Myanmar, these moments are too often lost. The exhibit – showing at Myanm/art Gallery until May 23 – features a range of photographers from the established to the (very) amateur

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Smoke-free zones to be designated in public areas

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Smoke-free zones to be designated in public areas

- Public areas in cities across six regions and states will be designated smoke-free zones this year. Dr Than Sein, Public Health Foundation chair, said, “We will designate smoke-free areas in public locations to prevent youths from smoking and to protect from diseases that are caused by passive smoking.” The six regions and states that will have smoke-free zones are Mandalay, Yangon, Sagaing, Magwe regions, Kayin and Shan states

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The digital revolution: from Mandalay to Manchester

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The digital revolution: from Mandalay to Manchester

- World Economic Forum on ASEAN 2017. In the era of the global digital distribution, products made in Mandalay can be sold in Manchester cost-effectively – the key to that economic miracle is the mobile phone. The Myanmar Times spoke to James Song after his trip to Phnom Penh in Cambodia for the World Economic Forum (WEF) on ASEAN 2017. This year, young people, technology and growth are the key themes of the Forum

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Tags: Economy |  Economics | 
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The Voice Daily chief editor, writer face defamation suit

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The Voice Daily chief editor, writer face defamation suit

- A report under Section 66(d) of the Telecommunications Law has been filed by the military against the editor and writer of an article appearing in the The Voice Daily. The article, which is a review of the movie, ‘Union Oath,’ was aired over Myawaddy TV channel, owned by the military. U Kyaw Min Swe, chief editor of The Voice Daily, told The Myanmar Times yesterday that they were informed by the Bahan township police station about the report and that the military had lodged the complaint

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Burma: 80 NGOs urge Thai govt to support press freedom, condemn mining firm

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Burma: 80 NGOs urge Thai govt to support press freedom, condemn mining firm

- A COALITION of 80 NGOs and 30 activists is seeking the immediate withdrawal of criminal proceedings against a Thai journalist facing punishment under the kingdom’s highly-criticised Computer Crime Act for allegedly defaming a local mining firm. In a joint statement, the coalition led by Reporters Without Borders condemned Thai mining company Myanmar Phongpipat Co Ltd for filing the lawsuit against The Nation reporter Pratch Rujivanarong and urged for intervention from the Thai government, saying it should protect press freedom and decriminalise defamation

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Burma: EU boosts humanitarian support, calls for greater access to Rakhine

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Burma: EU boosts humanitarian support, calls for greater access to Rakhine

- EUROPE’s government has announced an additional €12 million (US$13.3 million) for its humanitarian assistance program in Burma (Myanmar) and called for greater access to troubled Rakhine State after an official visit. The visit by Christos Stylianides, the EU’s Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, is the first by a commissioner from the regional bloc to the troubled northern Rakhine State

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Arresting the dangers of chemicals in food

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Arresting the dangers of chemicals in food

- Is our daily food safe? Food is necessary for survival, an appropriate amount of food for sustenance that is, while excessive amounts are detrimental. As the Myanmar proverb goes “Tan hlin say, Lon hlin bay” (too much of anything is good for nothing), which is something we have been hearing since childhood. But, in recent years, it appears that dangerous chemicals are invading everyday food making it impossible to eat well

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Agro ministry urges more seed production by private sector

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Agro ministry urges more seed production by private sector

- Good quality crop seeds are necessary for the development of Myanmar’s agricultural sector and officials say they will encourage production of diverse crops instead of just paddy. Deputy permanent secretary U Myo Tint Tun from the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation (MOALI) told The Myanmar Times on Monday that “seeds are being produced by state-run operations but demand is higher than supply

Categories: Farming | 
Tags: Horticulture |  Crops | 
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As Myanmar Democratizes, Women’s Rights Lag Behind

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As Myanmar Democratizes, Women’s Rights Lag Behind

- Photo YANGON, Myanmar — Thiri Aung Tin said her boyfriend had persuaded her to elope, then locked her in a dark room for days on end. It was the start of an ordeal of captivity and verbal abuse that lasted more than two years, she said, and eventually drove her to attempt suicide. When he was arrested in February for abduction and wrongful confinement, two days after she reported him to the police, she hoped he would face adequate punishment

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Tags: Women |  Social Issues |  Violence | 
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Farmers protest distribution of old farmlands

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Farmers protest distribution of old farmlands

- Local farmers have protested against the distribution of old farmlands in the Ngamyar village of Ngazun township in Myingyan district, Mandalay Region. During the protest, these farmers also asked the locals to dismiss the regional minister of agriculture and irrigation. Some 300 local farmers in Ngamyar village staged the protest on May 11. Under the current government, the old farms – worked by the local farmers for many years – were apportioned to other farmers as alluvial lands, and hence, the original landowners are losing their plots of land, said farmer U Toe Kywe who is from the same village

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Tags: Farmers | 
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9 drug smugglers killed by Thai troops during gunfight in ‘Golden Triangle’

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9 drug smugglers killed by Thai troops during gunfight in ‘Golden Triangle’

- AN altercation between Thailand’s armed forces and a group of drug smugglers who operate primarily within the “Golden Triangle” has left nine of the latter dead, a senior official confirmed on Sunday. Northern Chiang Rai province governor Narongsak Osotthanakorn told AFP () the fight began in Thailand, about 2km from the border to Burma (Myanmar) He said there were 15 drug smugglers, whom authorities told to halt, but they refused and started shooting

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Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore to offer support for gold exchange market

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Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore to offer support for gold exchange market

- The operators of gold exchange in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore have offered the Myanmar government professional and technical support in order to establish a bourse in the country for trading the precious, according to the Myanmar Gold Entrepreneurs Association (MGEA). In the last two years, the Myanmar government and industry associations have been seeking to set up an exchange market where gold and metal could be freely traded in one place

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Tags: Markets | 
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  • Burma: Chinese naval ships to conduct joint exercises amid closer ties
    Burma: Chinese naval ships to conduct joint exercises amid closer ties

    , asiancorrespondent.com

    CHINA’s defence ministry has confirmed the arrival of naval ships in Burma (Myanmar) to conduct joint search and rescue and communications exercises, after the countries’ heads of state met earlier in the week. The ships arrived in Yangon on Thursday for a four-day visit said military spokesman Wu Qian, fresh off the back of Asean and China agreeing upon a draft framework for conduct in the disputed South China Sea

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  • Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore to offer support for gold exchange market
    Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore to offer support for gold exchange market

    , mmtimes.com

    The operators of gold exchange in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore have offered the Myanmar government professional and technical support in order to establish a bourse in the country for trading the precious, according to the Myanmar Gold Entrepreneurs Association (MGEA). In the last two years, the Myanmar government and industry associations have been seeking to set up an exchange market where gold and metal could be freely traded in one place

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    Tags: Markets | 
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Health

  • Immunization clinics available in 98 hospitals
    Immunization clinics available in 98 hospitals

    , mmtimes.com

    Hospital-based immunization clinics have been opened in 98 hospitals, which have 100 beds or more throughout the regions and states starting in the month of May. Dr Myint Htwe, Union Minister for the Ministry of Health and Sports (MOHS) said hospital-based immunization program is one of the priorities of his ministry. Speaking at the launching ceremony of the program at Yangon Children’s Hospital on Friday (May 5), he said that “some hospitals such as this one and Yangon Central Women Hospital had been providing routine immunization programs in the past

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Family & Parenting

  • Thai soap angers family of Myanmar’s last king Thibaw
    Thai soap angers family of Myanmar’s last king Thibaw

    , straitstimes.com

    YANGON (AFP) – The family of Myanmar’s last king hit out on Sunday (March 12) at a Thai soap opera inspired by the palace intrigue of their ancestors, accusing Thailand of double standards in how it treats another country’s royals. Soe Win, the great grandson of Myanmar’s last monarch King Thibaw, told AFP his family were angered by “A Lady’s Flame”, a new hit prime-time soap that recounts a bloody dynastic power struggle

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    Tags: Family | 
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Society & Culture

Religion & Spirituality

Entertainment & Arts

  • Documentary reveals the challenges of being a woman artist
    Documentary reveals the challenges of being a woman artist

    , mmtimes.com

    It is no secret that gender discrimination is pervasive in Myanmar. Even those in the highest of positions are not exempt – and the arts are no different. Women artists in Myanmar face a double challenge of being taken seriously and respected as both an artist and as a woman. Though Myanmar has a long history of women contributing to the arts, the works of many important female figures has gone largely unreported

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    Tags: The Arts |  Artists | 
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Farming

  • Farmers facing jail time to file appeal
    Farmers facing jail time to file appeal

    , mmtimes.com

    Ten farmers who have been sentenced to 16 months’ imprisonment by Nawngcho township court on April 24 for refusing to vacate land that has been confiscated will file an appeal against their sentencing, said a farmer activist U Myo Win. In 2013, 364 acres of land from Nan Lin Kham village were seized to start a state-owned coffee plantation project which was not completed

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    Tags: Farmers |  Judiciary |  Trials |  Sentencing |  Civil Actions | 
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Travel & Recreation

  • Ulu Muda wildlife under threat
    Ulu Muda wildlife under threat

    , thestar.com.my

    PETALING JAYA: The Ulu Muda Reserve in Kedah, which is already facing risk as a water catchment area, is in danger of having its wildlife poached. Poachers and hunters from as far as Laos and Myanmar have been detected in the forest, which is one of two places in Peninsular Malaysia where the spotted leopard is found. Researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) from Oxford University have found evidence of poaching during their recent 18-month study on the population of clouded leopards in the area

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Law & Crime

Books & Literature

  • A little R&R: Rent, read, repeat
    A little R&R: Rent, read, repeat

    , mmtimes.com

    As cities go, Yangon is quite literary. With book vendors lining Pansodan road and pop up stalls surrounding the perimeter of the Secretariat, it’s easy to stumble upon a good book whilst strolling downtown. Still the city is without a system for lending and sharing books. That is until now. The Yangon Book Plaza, which was founded late February this year in Lanmadaw Township, is now initiating a rent, read and return system to promote literacy throughout the city

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    Tags: Reading | 
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Life & Style

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Real Estate

  • Squatters in Sittwe township relocated to new homes
    Squatters in Sittwe township relocated to new homes

    , mmtimes.com

    Illegal residents in Set Yone Su ward, Sittwe township, Rakhine State have been resettled to Min Gan ward following arrangements by the regional government, said Set Yone Su ward administrator U Nyunt Win. “The squatters were previously living in the old cemetery. Now, the government has issued land grants for the veterans’ staff housing,” he said. The regional government has allocated 6 acres of land in Min Gan ward to the illegal residents from Sittwe, Mrauk-U, Rathedaung, Kyauktaw, Ponnagyun and Pauktaw townships

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    Tags: Real Estate Markets |  Squatting | 
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