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Mourners of slain EMG reporter demand justice

 
Family members of Soe Moe Tun, a slain local reporter for Eleven Media Group, fellow journalists and local people assembled December 13 at the Kanthaya monument in Monywa, Sagaing Region to demand that authorities and bring his killer to justice.

Child’s death not caused by JE vaccine: health ministry

 
The death of an eight-year- old Yangon resident is unrelated to the Japanese Encephalitis (JE) vaccine that he had received, said the Ministry of Health and Sports.

MEB to grant medium-term loan to SMEs

The Myanmar Economic Bank said it will expand its medium-term loans program to cover more medium-sized enterprises in addition to the small businesses that now receive the majority of loan approvals. 
 

Fire destroys over 150 shops in Nettankwin market

 

Taungoo – Over 150 shops from Nettankwin market in Kyaukkyi township, Taungoo district, Bago region were destroyed when a fire broke out in the evening of December 12.

Authorities are still investigating the cause of fire. The blaze lasted for nearly two hours and was finally put out around 9.30pm.

US embassy protest monk denied bail

 
A monk who protested alone in front of the US embassy in Yangon has had his appeal rejected by a court during his fourth trial session.
Sayadaw Parmaukkha was sued under section 505(b) for an unauthorized protest he conducted.
 

Typhoon-prone Myanmar set to see more disasters, minister says

 
Myanmar has been hit with powerful typhoons 11 times in the past 40 years and the numbers are only going to climb, the Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement,  Dr. Win Myat Aye, said.
 
He made the comments at a workshop on disaster damage control and prevention on December 12.
 

Two Reuters journalists arrested under Official Secrets Act

 

Htauk Kyant police station has filed a lawsuit against the two Myanmar reporters working for the Reuters under Section 3 of the Myanmar Official Secrets Act 1923, according to the Information Ministry.

Smuggling of timber logs into China continues

 
Although the smuggling of timber logs from Kachin State has declined, timbers from northern Shan State are now being illegally taken into China, according to sources close to the smugglers.
 

Ministry of Health and Sports to build more staff housing

 
The Ministry of Health and Sports is planning to build more housing for its staff in the 2018-19 fiscal year.
 
The ministry will temporarily stop building  new hospitals for one year – apart from those hospitals and clinics that are still under construction and those that are necessary to build.
 

Senior General Min Aung Hlaing visits Lumbini

 
Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, who is on a goodwill visit in Nepal at the invitation of Nepalese Chief of Army Staff General Ranjendra Chhetri, visited Lumbini Park, the birth place of Buddha in Lumbini, on Tuesday.