Former President Thein Sein wins 3rd Cosmopolitan Award

Thein Sein, the former president of Myanmar and patron of the Union Solidarity and Development Party, has received the Grand Prize at the Third Asia Cosmopolitan Awards (ACA) in recognition of his contributions to the country's reform efforts and democratization.

The award was presented by the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) in Nara Prefecture in Japan on January 15.

Two deaths by motorcycle killers may be linked

A middle school teacher and a civilian were shot dead by three masked men on motorcycles in Hpakant this week.

While students were assembling in Namahpyit village middle school in Hpakant, on January 18, three masked men entered the school compound riding KANBO-125 black and red motorcycles and inquired about computer teacher Aung Zin Tun, 27.

Chindwin seismically active: report

A report from the Meteorology and Hydrology Department states that moderately strong tremors were detected along the upper Chindwin River in Sagaing Region during January.

A quake measuring 4.5 on the Richter scale around 30 miles southwest of Homalin Township on January 18. The residents said they did not notice.

A 4.8-magnitude earthquake hit Hkamti on January 12 and a 4.3 quake shook Tamanti on January 5.

Two moderate tremors of 5.2 and 4.3 were detected in Kalewa and Mawlaik townships on January 4.

Street vendors attack night market

The street vendors from four townships in Yangon Region staged a protest on Wednesday calling for access to the recently opened night market on the Strand Road.

A couple of dozen protesters demanded the right to return to their original sites, usually on the pavements, denounced brutal arrests of the street vendors and asked to meet the authorities.