Thursday, September 21, 2017

Govt lukewarm to amending med student gender ratio

The government is not keen on amending the 50:50 male-female gender ratio for medical students in the country but would also like to maintain the higher lower mark imposed on medical entrance tests for female students compared with their male counterparts, said Ministry of Education’s deputy minister U Win Maw Tun.

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Myanmar’s working-age population can grow gradually

If a country has a substantial portion of working-age people it is an opportunity for the economic growth, which is called a “demographic bonus”.

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Government to implement mandatory assets disclosure for senior officers

The government has initiated bold steps to stem corruption and improve the efficiency of civil service by urging senior officers to disclose their assets – a key element in the Civil Service Reform (CSR) strategic action plan.

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Hluttaw Speaker calls for urgent action on judiciary

Pyithu Hluttaw speaker U Win Myint has ordered the Pyithu Hluttaw Bill Committee to compile all the facts about problems in the judiciary system by July 21 so that urgent steps can be taken to correct them.

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Thai-Myanmar labour tensions ease

Myanmar and Thailand hammered out a deal to smooth the way for labour recruitment after thousands of Myanmar workers left the kingdom in haste the past week, which almost soured bilateral relations between the two nations.

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Jobs being planned for workers returning home

The government is planning to create jobs for migrant workers who have returned from Thailand due to the new strict labour laws introduced in the kingdom, said Union Minister for Labour, Immigration and Population U Thein Swe.

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Section 66(d) changes under consideration

Amendment to the Section 66(d) of the country’s Telecommunications Law – which critics say suppresses free speech – is under consideration, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said.

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Changes delay enactment of Special Goods Tax Law

The Ministry of Planning and Finance drew up a draft of rules to enact the Special Goods Tax Law, but the Office of the Attorney General of Myanmar (OAG) suggested changes, so the ministry made the amendments and submitted it again to the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw.

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Five groups to sue government over 2008 Constitution

Five groups that support abolishing the 2008 Constitution drawn up by the Tatmadaw government will sue the State, former MP U David Hla Myint said on Tuesday.

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Military offers help in Kathae rebel crackdown

If the Ministry of Home Affairs is unable to crack down on Kathae rebels hiding out in Sagaing Region’s Tamu township, the Tatmadaw will get involved, Deputy Defence Minister Major General Myint Nwe said in Parliament session on Monday.

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