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 A yover begins totake shape
It’s a welcome sight or Yangon’s beleagueredcommuters: theShwegondaing overpassis beginning to takeshape. Work began onthe the north-southyover in December2012 and is expectedto nish by the end o this year, accordingto developer CapitalDevelopment Ltd, which is working with Japan’sJFE EngineeringCorporation on theproject. The 420-metre,our-lane bridge isexpected to cost K13 billion, or aboutUS$13.4 million.
Presidential adviser sues13 farmers for trespassing
CB Bank chairman and presidential advisory committee member U Khin Maung Aye is embroiled ina land dispute in rural Pyin Oo Lwin, where he has asked police to press charges against 13 armersor cultivating land that was conscated rom them in 1996 or a cofee plantation.
People’s Parkcentre scaled back
Public opposition has promptedmunicipal authorities toinstruct a developer to reducean unnished handicratscentre in Yangon’s People’s Park rom three to two levels.
NGOs issue freshwarning over draftassociation law
International groups have warned that the drat law  breaches internationalconventions, including theUniversal Declaration o Human Rights.
Hluttaw told torestart debate onbill to remove MPs
Th election Commission hassent a letter to speaker Thura U Shwe Mann asking him toresume discussions on a billthat would allow constituentsto remove their MP, whichrepresentatives argue couldcreate instability.
Airline tie-up plansawait green light
 A proposed deal that wouldsee Japan’s All Nippon Airlines buy a 49 percent stake indomestic carrier Asian Wings– oten linked to tycoon UTay Za – was revealed earlierthan anticipated and is yet toreceive regulatory approval.
Workers stand on a columnon the Shwegondaingflyover on August 27.
SEPTEMBER 2 - 8, 2013
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Kayleigh Long
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The font that launched a thousand ships
The creator of the muchmaligned Comic Sansfont has spoken out against critics, advising thatthey “get a hobby”. Typographer Vincent Connaresaid that he created Comic Sans in 1995 whenworking on a Microsoft comic program. Theprogram featured a dog character called Rover,forebear to the everannoying and rarely helpfulClippie the paperclip. He found the deployment ofTimes New Roman in the dog’s speech bubblesincongruous. “Dogs don’t talk like that,” he said.With this in mind, he went on to create ComicSans. Speaking with font.com, Connare said hewas proud of the fact that Twitter’s head designerannounced that the majority of its server spaceis used by complaints about airlines, ComicSansand Justin Bieber.
Dunkin’ Donuts in hot water
Human Rights Watch has called on the independentlyowned Thai franchise of Dunkin’ Donuts towithdraw an advertisement for its new “CharcoalDonut”, calling the promotion “bizarre and racist”.The campaign features Dunkin’ DonutsThailand CEO Nadim Salhani’s teenage daughterwith her hair in a 50sstyle beehive and her facepainted black, save for bright pink lipstick. Theaccompanying slogan on the posters and TV commercials reads “Break every rule of deliciousness”.While the ad has proved controversial, NadimSalhani said he didn’t see it as a big deal.“Not everybody in the world is paranoid aboutracism,” said Salhani. “I’m sorry, but this is a marketing campaign, and it’s working very well for us.”
Soldiers’ wills made available online
 Some 280,000 wartime wills and personal lettersfrom soldiers are slated for an online releaseahead of next’s year’s WWI centenary, as part ofan initiative from the UK’s Ministry of Justice.The original documents that survived arepreserved in 1300 boxes inside a temperaturecontrolled warehouse in Birmingham, and havebeen carefully digitised. Members of the publicwill be able to search the database for a will leftby serving soldiers between 1850 and 1986, fromthe Boer War to the Falklands, for an access feeof £6. All soldiers were required to complete willsbefore going to the front line so that their estatecould be dealt with in the event they lost their life. 
No mountain Htoo high
 An expedition to Myanmar’s remote Gamlang Razi inKachin State is reportedly around a week away fromreaching the summit, according to a satellite phonedispatch from expedition leader Andy Tyson.A topographic map from 1945 drawn by the USand Russia indicates Gamlang Razi could stand asmuch as 90 feet taller than Mount Hkakabo Razi,which is currently considered the highest mountainin southeast Asia. A sophisticated GPS device will beplaced at the summit, in order to ascertain whetheror not this is the case.The expedition is sponsored bythe Htoo Foundation.The company’s billionaire chairman Tay Za, oncebranded a “notorious henchman” by US Treasury,is no stranger to highaltitude adventures, havingnarrowly survived a helicopter crash in Kachin inFebruary of 2011.
Article from
The New Times of Burma 
, April 17, 1947
Election commission pusheshluttaw to decide on ‘recall’ bill
THE Union Election Commission hasasked Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker Thura U Shwe Mann to resume discussionon a proposed bill that would giveconstituents the chance to removetheir parliamentary representative.The Pyithu Hluttaw decided on August 23 to suspend discussiono the bill until the end o the year, when a recently ormed constitu-tional review committee is expectedto nish its work.The decision came at the end o a heated debate between elected rep-resentatives, who said the bill wouldmake it too easy or constituents toremove an MP, and military MPs, who argue that to not pass the law isunconstitutional.The bill, proposed by the commis-sion last August, could result in MPs being unseated i a mere 1 percent o  voters in their constituency opposedthem, as specied in section 396(b)o the constitution. A similar provi-sion was included in the 1947 and1974 constitutions.But MPs told
The Myanmar Times
last week that the electioncommission has written to Thura U Shwe Mann and said it believesthat the debate should continue. Itargues that just as all citizens havethe right to vote or their choice o representative, they also have theright to “recall” their elected repre-sentative under section 369(b) o theconstitution.During the debate on August23, Pyithu Hluttaw Bill Committeemember U Soe Moe Aung said thecommittee believed that section396(b) o the constitution and sec-tion 10(j) o the Union Election Com-mission Law should be reconsidered.“The committee ound that x-ing a minimum o 1pc o the original voters is a negative rather than posi-tive approach or a country practis-ing parliamentary democracy,” hesaid.In other democracies, the barrieror recall is much higher. Accordingto the report, in the US state o Cali-ornia a recall vote requires action by a minimum o 12pc o the voters, while in some other US states it is ashigh as 40pc.Pyithu Hluttaw representative UMaung Toe said that a minimum o 1 percent was too easy to get. “Eve-ry MP knows it is not suitable,” headded.Military MPs disagreed, however, with Colonel Tint San accusing UMaung Toe o violating section 130 o Pyithu Hluttaw Bylaw, which statesthat no one shall break the provi-sions o the constitution. Another military MP, Colonel My-int Ko Ko, said the 1pc was just toinitiate an investigation into the con-duct o an MP.Colonel Myint Tint San said a pro-cess was needed to recall MPs to en-sure there were checks and balanceson the three branches o power. Hesaid the constitution granted parlia-ment the right to impeach memberso the government and judiciary.Representative U Ba Shein saidthe constitutional review commit-tee was likely to propose a higherpercentage o voters sign a peti-tion to initiate the recall processrather than remove the provisioncompletely.
– Translated by Thiri Min Htun
Attemptto close‘Times’parentcompany‘bizarre’
THE editor-in-chie o 
The Myanmar Times
has dismissed an attempt by major shareholder Dr Tin Tun Oo to wind up its parent company, MyanmarConsolidated Media, as “bizarre”.The winding-up notice was pub-lished in state-run media as a credi-tors’ winding-up.Ross Dunkley, who co-ounded thecompany in 2000 and is also its man-aging director, said it was unclear why Dr Tin Tun Oo would want to shutdown a protable company.However, he conrmed that thecompany’s oreign investors have beenattempting to nd a new partner topurchase Dr Tin Tun Oo’s 51 percentstake, which he acquired in 2005.“What is he asking or? We simply don’t know. The action initiated by his lawyer is strange. We are mystied why Dr Tin Tun Oo would attempt to wind up the company,” Mr Dunkley said.“I can only describe their actions as bizarre.“MCM Ltd has been trading prot-ably or years, so why would this manseek to make a problem or the compa-ny at a time when he knows very wellthat we are attempting to nd a buyerto take his shares?”Mr Dunkley said that i the attemptto close the company is successulabout 350 people would lose their jobs.“I would have thought that coop-eration at this time would yield the best result. I don’t see a rush o en-quiries rom people wanting to part-ner up with him, so why should heinterere with my legitimate attemptsto keep the company stable and a go-ing concern and to protect the wel-are o the 350-odd sta we directly employ here.“This is most peculiar. I just hopeDr Tin Tun Oo comes to his senses andallows this whole thing to progress toits logical conclusion, to a time whenDr Tin Tun Oo has been paid outhandsomely prior to new investors be-ing introduced into the company.“Ater all, he hasn’t done too badly until now.”
– Staf writers
Activist Daw Naw Ohn Hla to appeal sentence
 ACTIVIST Daw Naw Ohn Hla plansto appeal a two-year jail term handeddown or organising an illegal protestagainst the Letpadaung copper minein Monywa. She was ound guilty o inciting unrest and sentenced on Au-gust 29 – just three days into the trial– ater reusing to cooperate with theproceedings, her lawyer said.“The trial started on August 27  but the next day she reused to cometo court and the police used orce to bring her there. She did not say any-thing during the trial. On August 29,the judge announced the punishmentor her,” said U Robert San Aung, a member o the Lawyer’s Network whoassisted Daw Naw Ohn Hla.He said he plans to submit an ap-peal against the verdict next month,adding that he was disappointed thatthe judge had allowed undercover in-telligence ofcers to take photos in thecourtroom while the trial was takingplace.“The judge did not stop them romtaking photos even though I don’tthink they should be allowed to do so,”he said.Police arrested Daw Naw Ohn Hla and nine other women during a pro-test on August 13. The nine others were released ater signing a guaran-tee to not reoend.However, Daw Naw Ohn Hla wascharged with incitement under sec-tion 505(b) o the Penal Code.Residents said they believed thesentencing was a warning rom thegovernment to stop their campaignagainst the mine but vowed to contin-ue pushing or an end to the project –and the release o Daw Naw Ohn Hla.“We are conducting a protest cam-paign in the project area to mark thenine-month anniversary o the govern-ment crackdown on us [in November2012]. We also urge them to releaseDaw Naw Ohn Hla. We will continueto push the government until she isreleased,” said U Aung Than Myo o Tone village.On November 29, 2012, police broke up a protest camp with incen-diary smoke grenades in a pre-dawnraid, leaving almost 100 – includingmany monks – injured. Another activist, Ko Han Win Aung, whom police have also accused o in-stigating unrest, said he was not sur-prised by Daw Naw Ohn Hla’s sentence.“We and also Daw Naw Ohn Hla have spent many years in jail. Westand or the interest o the people. We’ll continue to struggle against thisproject.“Police told me they charged her because she called or the amendmento the 2008 constitution,” he said. “It’sunair and the government should notdo this.”
Naw Ohn Hla waits in a police cell during her trial in Monywa.
Photo: Han Win Aung
Commission asks speaker to resume debate on bill that would allow constituents to remove their MP

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