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Lower House Speaker warns against ‘disruptive’ language

Lower House Speaker Win Myint warned MPs to adhere to regulations that prohibit the use of words that would “disrupt” love and solidarity between ethnicities.

He spoke out after Lin Lin Oo, an MP from Tanai Township in Kachin State, appealed to the parliament to enforce stricter regulations regarding illegal mining operations in mining towns like Tanai and Hpakant.

Govt, military assures ‘special attention’ for Rakhine's Maungdaw

 

Yangon's famous puppet theatre dances onto Asean stage

The rest of Southeast Asia got a taste of Myanmar's unique artistic traditions last weekend as performers from around the region gathered in the Thai capital, Bangkok.

Representing Myanmar at the Asean Recreation Festival was Yangon's famous Htwe Oo puppet theatre. The festival is an annual showcase of traditional performing arts, crafts, sports and games.

Sagaing's Naga zone cut off by rain, poor roads: MP

Poor roads and heavy rain have made the Naga Self-Administered Zone in Sagaing region largely inaccessible, according to MP Sein Maung of Nanone Township.

Govt, military assures ‘special attention’ for Rakhine's Maungdaw

Progress is being made on security issues in the May Yu Hills around Maungdaw, Rakhine, according to the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

Deputy Minister Major General Aung Soe, responding to an inquiry by a Rakhine MP at an August 14 session of the Lower House, said that efforts to clear the area of Muslim insurgents had been heightened in joint operations by the police, border guards, local administrators and volunteers.

Nay Pyi Taw police swoop on unregistered cars

The police seized nine unregistered cars in Nay Pyi Taw on Monday, sources said.

The cars were seized in Pobba Thiri township after a tip-off that unregistered vehicles were being bought and sold at the Ahthit Marn car dealership.

Police have arrested businessman Thein Zaw and charged him with dealing in unregistered cars.

Translated by Aung Kyaw Kyaw

Industry Ministry tests home-grown affordable ambulances

The Ministry of Industry is testing whether affordable ambulances it is building meet the requirements of a tender put out by hospitals.

"We have manufactured two ambulance designs," said Dr Toe Naing. "One is being tested. We expect that one will go into production in about two months' time. We aim to produce affordable ambulances.

"We showed our test-ambulance to medical authorities and listened to their requirements. We tested old cars set to be scrapped to find which could be renovated as useful vehicles."

Yangon shopkeepers seek happy ending to market horror storey

Shopkeepers, the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) and MPs will hold meetings over the contentious construction of a new market, sources say.

The decision over a new market in Ahlon Township, Yangon, would be sent to Parliament, said Hsan Win, a member of the market committee, on Monday.

“We talked about getting back the old spots at the market. But the YCDC officials and MPs did not give a satisfactory answer. Lower House MP U Ye Lwin promised to raise this issue in Parliament.”

Yangon shopkeepers seek happy ending to market horror storey

Shopkeepers, the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) and MPs will hold meetings over the contentious construction of a new market, sources say.

The decision over a new market in Ahlon Township, Yangon, would be sent to Parliament, said Hsan Win, a member of the market committee, on Monday.

“We talked about getting back the old spots at the market. But the YCDC officials and MPs did not give a satisfactory answer. Lower House MP U Ye Lwin promised to raise this issue in Parliament.”

Kachin residents find sanctuary amid latest military clashes

All civilians caught up in fighting in Kasone Region between the Myanmar army (Tatmadaw) and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) have now been rescued, said La Mai Khun Jar of the Kachin State-based Peace Creation Group.

The villagers were rescued on Sunday and are now sheltering at two churches in Namati Township, where the clashes halted on Sunday and Monday.

"We rescued all villagers trapped by the fighting on August 13," said La Mai Khun Jar.