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Over 5,000 tons of illegal timber seized in Sagaing within five months

Authorities confiscated over 5,000 tons of illegal timber together with related equipment and arrested over 600 suspects in Sagaing Region

Telecom reforms poised to speed up

 

IN A BID to improve its transition to the digital economy, Myanmar will accelerate reforms in the telecommunications sector by strengthening its legal framework, said a senior official at the Myanmar Connect 2018, which kicked off yesterday.

SoeThein, director-general of Posts and Telecommunications Department, said Myanmar would soon try to enact the new laws that are much needed for development of its telecom industry.

A low pressure area may intensify into a depression within 36 hours: DMH

The low pressure area over the East-central Bay of Bengal may intensify into a depression

Thinbawkway villagers request military chief, CM for land relocation

KISSAPA- Even though Thinbawkway village was demolished over two months ago, there was no new land plots alloted for the now homeless villagers to live in prompting them to sent a letter yesterday to the Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services and Rakhine State Chief Minister.
 

Techilek rain causes temporary closure of border markets

TAUNGGYI- As the Techilek-Maesai creek in eastern Shan State started swelling due to heavy rains yesterday, shops in Thai-Myanmar border markets have been closed temporarily, according to the locals from Tarchileik.
 
The torrential rain poured down since yesterday morning and it caused Maesai creek to overflow and flood the markets situated along the creek and border bridge between Myanmar and Thailand.
 
Those markets get swamped yearly when the flooding occurs as the markets were built upon under watershed area.
 

MR to resume suspended services after test-run

 

Myanmar Railways (MR) has conducted a test run on BR-305 Bridge between Swa and Myochaung, according to the MR’s statement.

Due to the collapse of a spillway of Swa dam on August 29, resulting floods damaged the BR-305 Bridge between Swa and Myochaung. Military-owned city buses transported passengers that travel via Yangon-Mandalay train every day when the MR is repairing railroad sections damaged by floods.  

Myanmar to send fishing workers to Thailand this month

 

Myanmar will officially send workers for the fishing industry in Thailand in the third week of September, according to the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population on September 18.

The labour minister of Thailand came to Myanmar in late August and offered to recruit Myanmar workers for the undermanned fishing industry in Thailand.

22 escapees from Hpa-an jailbreak rearrested

 

The police had re-arrested 22 out of 41 inmates who escaped from Hpa-An prison on September 19.

A police officer from Eaindu region police station said: “Acting on the tip-off by locals from Eaindu village, the police yesterday re-arrested an escapee who was hiding in the rubber plantation at the entrance to Eaindu village. The joint team comprising of police, Tatmadaw and border guard forces, is conducting extensive manhunts for the remaining escapees.”

Ministry to crackdown on MLM

 

Consumer Affairs Department at the Ministry of Commerce issued a statement on September 18 that it would take legal action against Multi Level Marketing (MLM) businesses under Section 5 of the Important Goods and Services Law.

The department issued this statement after exercising the rights given by the Union government. This order will take effect as from the day the statement is issued.

Ongoing problems in garment industry discussed

A meeting involving Action Collaboration Transformation (ACT), government, employers and worker representatives took place at Sedona Hotel in Yangon on September 17 to discuss ongoing problems in garment industry.