Villagers fear more Rakhine fighting

Rakhine State is braced for more battles as about 300 war refugees came to take shelter at Sithaung village in Buthidaung Township.

TNLA hails peaceful month

No fighting occurred with government troops this month, said Mai Aike Kyaw, spokesman for the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA).

More than 50 battles occurred between January and March in northern areas of Shan State, he said, adding that the TNLA was expecting to implement a peace treaty with the new government.

50% electricity target set for 2020

An estimated 50 per cent of the population will have access to the electricity by 2020 because of the National Electrification Plan (NEP), reports say.

About 70 per cent of people did not have electricity in 2014 and 84 per cent of them lived in rural areas, according to the World Bank Group’s (WBG) report on powering Myanmar by 2030.
The power grid must be doubled to power 7.2 million more households in the coming 15 years, the report says.

The NEP expects 50 per cent of the population will have access to electricity by 2020 and 75 per cent by 2025.

Industry ministry demands shake-up

High prices for land, raw materials and production expenses are major obstacles to industrial development, according to the Ministry of Industry.

Incompetent quality control, lack of innovation, weak marketing strategies, a shortage of skilled workers, incomplete laws, poor infrastructure and limited capital also hindered industrial growth, it said.

SkyNet in spotlight after new year 'gift'

The President's Office has announced that an unnamed major media organisation, which is presumably SkyNet, tried to give Ks5 million as a new year gift to a leading government figure's assistant.

The only media company that built a Thingyan pavilion in Nay Pyi Taw is SkyNet.

The firm had been warned that it failed to follow “acceptance of gifts” directives, aimed at rooting out corruption, the announcement said.

Roads to be upgraded with foreign loans

Myanmar’s highways will be upgraded between 2016 and 2021, according to the Construction Ministry.

Ten north-south roads measuring a total of 4,704 kilometres and 11 east-west roads measuring 3,811 kilometres will be upgraded to Asean Grade-2 and Grade-3 tar-concrete roads and asphalt roads using the state budget.

State Counsellor inspects Nay Pyi Taw General Hospital

Aung San Suu Kyi, the State Counsellor of Myanmar, visited Nay Pyi Taw General Hospital on April 19, where she met with the patients and encouraged them.

President’s Office spokesperson Zaw Htay told The Daily Eleven that the visit was “nothing special except for an investigation into what are some of the requirements and difficulties faced by our hospitals.”

Aung San Suu Kyi underwent successful cataract surgeries on her right eye on April 9 and on her left eye on 16 April, during the Thingyan holiday.

Chinese company to rent Tigyit coal-fired station

According to Tigyit station chief Win Htay, China-based Wuxi Hua Guang Electric Power Engineering Co Ltd is is in the process of renting the Tigyit coal-fired power station in Shan State.

Win Htay told The Daily Eleven on 19 April: “The contract was signed after obtaining permission from the Myanmar Investment Commission, which was obtained on November 11, 2015. Staff from the station will continue to be employed by the Chinese.”

President and First Lady donate charity in Thongwa Tsp

President Htin Kyaw and his wife Su Su Lwin donated charity to local people in Thongwa Township, Yangon Region, on April 19, though they were not present for the donation ceremony.

Their donations included robes and religious items for Buddhist monks, as well as rice and chicken curry attendees. Local groups presented entertainment programmes.

Myanmar migrants must return to Thailand by April 20

Myanmar migrants who travelled to Myanmar for the Thingyan festival must return to their respective jobs in Thailand by April 20, according to Aung Soe, an official at the Myanmar Embassy in Thailand.

Over 3,000 Myanmar migrants entered Myanmar through the Mae Sot-Myawady road every day during the Thingyan festival.

“They must return to Thailand by April 20. Since they are officially allowed to spend holidays in Myanmar, there will be no trouble passing the border,” said Moe Aung Khaing, the labour diplomat at the Myanmar Embassy.