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Three bomb blasts occur in Sittwe

Bomb blasts occurred in three places in Rakhine State’s Sittwe on the morning of February 24, injuring three people.
Explosions were heard at 4:10am, said police.
 
"One mine exploded behind Rakhine State government Secretary Tin Maung Swe’s house, in front of the Land Records Department Office and in front of the state high court, said the chief of Rakhine State police force Pol Colonel Aung Myat Moe.
 

Five fires hit Yangon in one day

Yangon region saw five fires within a day on February 23 alone, according to officials. 
The fires struck in the townships of North Dagon Myothit, Twantay, Mingaladon, Mayangon, and Shwepyithar. 

Premier Coffee factory workers stage protest march

 
Around 550 workers from the Premier Coffee factory staged a protest march in Hlaingtharyar industrial zone on February 23, charging that the employer was bargaining in bad faith.
 
The protest march was held by the union local formed by the factory workers.
 

"For Profit" water pavilions to make a comeback

 

The highly controversial “for profit” water pavilions may make a comeback during this year’s water festival, according to a Yangon City Development Council (YCDC) official.

Permits for so called “Company Mandat” - private water pavilions were mostly held back last year as part of the government’s effort to keep revelers, mainly youths, in order to keep cases of violence, drug abuse and traffic accidents down.

Myanmar Youth Micro Film Contest Public Show to be held in Yangon

Myanmar Youth Micro Film Contest Public Show will held in Maha Bandoola Park in Yangon from February 23 to 25.

The purpose of holding the contest is to show the public award-winning and good films, to turn out young film directors and help create innovative films, said one of the organisers.

Mandalay to get first elephant museum

 
The first elephant museum will be opened in Mandalay by the end of March, according to Myanmar Timber Enterprise.
The second elephant camp is now under construction in Pyinoolwin Township. The camp reportedly spans 130 acres (52.6 hectares) and will house six elephants from Katha, Sagaing Region.
“We will bring the elephants to the camp in the second week of March. The museum will display elephant skeletons and facts about elephants,” said Aung Myint Htay, manager of the enterprise in Mandalay.

Facts collect for eliminating natural disaster in Kyauk Gyi Township

Kyauk Gyi- With the help from USA Red Cross Association, implementation of reducing of natural disaster was carried out in Kyauk Gyi Township in Bago Region since February 20.

Hlaingthayar, Thanlyin Hospitals to upgrade to teaching hospitals

YANGON- With the aim to nurture qualified postgraduate doctors and house surgeons, the government will upgrade Hlaingthayar and Thanlyin general hospitals as teaching hospitals, according to the Ministry of Health and Sports.
 
The hospitals, located in Yangon’s outskirts, are known for treating many injuries caused by traffic-accidents.
 
The two hospitals are being expanded, with new emergency wards, x-ray rooms, laboratories, operating theatres, and delivery wards. The upgrade includes new buildings in the hospital compounds.

Yoma Bank bomb blast kills two, injures 22 in northern Shan State

A bomb explosion at Yoma Bank on Lanmadaw Street in Lashio, northern Shan State on February 21, killed employees and injuring 22 others people.

Bank staffers Sandar Tun, 48 and Maw Maw, 39 were killed and 22 people were injured, including bank staff, according to an official announcement.

Demand rise for land plots on outskirts of Mandalay

Mandalay – Demand has increased for land plots worth under K50 million located on the outskirts of Mandalay, sources said.