Last-minute meeting angers Shan politicians

Politicians and MPs have criticised the last-minute invitation to a preliminary township-level nationality meeting in Shan State on April 19, reports say.

Nay Zaw Naing, chairman of the National League for Democracy in Namhsan Township, said: “They [state government officials] invited me at 4pm and said the meeting would convene at 5pm. I had only one hour to prepare for the meeting where the attendees were going to talk about politics, federalism, equity, economy, social affairs and the rule of law. Why such short notice? I don’t understand.”

Frescoes being repaired in Bagan

The frescoes and bas-reliefs in the Myinkaba cave pagoda in Bagan, Mandalay Region, are being repaired, sources say.

A magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck 25 kilometres west of Chauk Township in Magway Region on August 24 and devastated hundreds of historic pagodas and religious buildings in Bagan.

Canadi Hill in Chin State needs preservation

The Canadi Hill in Chin State needs to be preserved or the surrounding areas might face water shortages in the future, say environmentalists.

The hill, in northern Chin State near Tiddim Township has experienced many landslides since 2015, locals say.

AAPP will launch Blue Shirt Campaign

The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) yesterday announced that a Blue Shirt Campaign would be launched with the aim of releasing all political prisoners.

The campaign will be held on April 21 to mark the third anniversary of the death of veteran journalist U Win Tin, who was also an ex-political prisoner.

Shan villages will enjoy electricity with German loan

Plans are underway to supply electricity to over 400 villages in Loilin and Linkhey districts in southern Shan State following a 30 million euro loan from the German government, according to the Ministry of Electricity and Energy.

 Power is also being supplied across the nation bolstered by a 4.571 billion yen loan from Japan International Corporation Agency.

Police detain seven people including a foreigner over illegal drug trade

Police detained and interrogated seven people, including a fugitive foreigner, in connection with an illegal drug trade in Thaketa and Yankin townships, Police Brig-Gen Kyaw Win of the anti-narcotics task force said.

Myanmar migrants return to their work sites after Thingyan break


Myanmar migrants who returned home to participate in Myanmar New Year Water Festival are now heading back to their work sites in Thailand over the Myawady Friendship Bridge.

Although Myanmar creates job opportunities, the income is not enough for most workers and there is a shortage of employment.

Many workers are now forced to leave their homes and re-enter Thailand after the Thingyan break.

17 die in Yangon during Thingyan

Yangon Region saw 55 car accidents during the four-day

May storm forecast

Another storm is forecast for May, according to Deputy Director Hla Tun at the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology (DMH).

60% annual deaths due to non-infectious diseases