Public servant housing projects to begin

The government will develop low-cost housing for public servants across the country, said Kyaw Win, minister for planning and finance, told the private sector development committee and entrepreneurs at the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry.

Student union construction to start next month

Yangon Region’s chief minister Phyo Min Thein says the rebuilding of 

Rebels attack in Kayin

A splinter group from the Democratic Karen Benevolent Army (DKBA) and the Border Guard Force (BGF) have clashed in Hlinebwe, Kayin State, where the no.7 brigade from the Karen National Union (KNU) is based on February 18 and both sides suffered casualties, sources say.

“Troops came to attack us. The army, the BGF and no.7 brigade from the KNU are deployed,” said a major from the BGF.

Six attackers were reportedly killed in action and the BGF said it seized two M16 rifles, a carbine and a heavy machine gun.

Mon chief poised to quit

Mon State chief minister Min Min Oo told the Daily Eleven on February 18 that he would resign in days.

He posted on Facebook: “I will quit from my job. I want to thank everyone. It is normal that all things will be destroyed in the end.” He told the Daily Eleven that it was a relegation announcement.

“I will submit my resignation letter on Monday. Rumours about me have spread around. I don’t want to say anything. I am doing what I should do,” said the chief minister.

Yangon chief denies bus rumours

Yangon chief minister Phyo Min Thien held a press briefing to mark a month after the introduction of the Yangon Bus System (YBS) and denied rumours that he allowed former political prisoners to import 700 buses. 

“It isn’t true that I’ve permitted the importing of 700 buses by former political prisoners. They are doing their best to help the public. It is an attempt to discredit them,” said Phyo Min Thein.

Forestry boss blasts loggers

Nyi Nyi Kyaw, director of the Forestry Department, submitted a paper detailing how illegal logging deprived communities of income, the government of tax revenue and weakened the rule of law.

Untaxed timber pushed down the market price, which acted as an incentive for other loggers to follow the same practice, the department's report said. This further increased losses to government and started a vicious cycle in the market, the paper stated.

Migrants wait for new Thai permits

According to Burmese migrant workers in Thailand, neither country has fulfilled their promise to supply certificates of identification.

FB user sued over road-sweeper claims

A company which imported road sweepers says it has sued a Facebook user for a post comparing the differences in prices for road sweepers.

Taxi drivers rewarded for assassin capture

A ceremony was held in Yangon on February 17 to honour Nay Win, a taxi driver who was shot and killed while 

New committee to reset minimum wage

A committee to set an official minimum wage has been established, replacing an existing body, according to the President’s Office.