Pathein lecturer jailed for three months

A lecturer from Pathein Technological University involved in the student protests has been sentence by Pathein Township court to three months in prison with hard labour after a ninth court appearance.

700 ‘corrupt’ forestry officials targeted

The government is taking action against 700 employees from the forestry department to tackle timber smuggling, according to Zaw Win, deputy director general of the department.

“The department dismissed more than 2,000 employees under this administration. More than 700 employees are facing action in connection with timber smuggling,” he said.

Anyone found guilty of corruption would face dismissal and indictment, the Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry official said.

Airlines rely on Myanmar customers

Domestic airlines mainly depend on Myanmar travellers as tourist arrivals decline during the rainy season, sources say.

Myanmar has 10 airlines competing to attract customers with cheaper tickets.

Asian Wings started linking Yangon and Nay Pyi Taw this month.

208 refugees taken to Rakhine: MOI

The Ministry of Information has said more than 200 Bangladeshi refugees arrested in Myanmar waters on May 21 have been taken to a temporary camp in Rakhine State.

In a statement, the ministry said naval vessel no.568 found two boats west of Thinbawkway village in Maungdaw Township while on patrol. More than 200 Bangladeshi refugees were crowded on one of the boats. They handed the refugees to the authorities at Angumaw village on May 22.

Forestry boss blames smuggling on Chinese inaction

Timber smuggling has increased under the current administration because of a lack of cooperation with the Chinese and Myanmar’s corruption, says Zaw Win, deputy director general of the forestry department.

Zaw Win told the media at the Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry that bribery among high-ranking officials was common. 

Torrent rips out Shwebo bridge

Torrential rain has destroyed houses and a bridge in Shwebo, in Sagaing Region, residents say.

Two houses on the bank of the Ayeyarwady River were damaged and one was partially washed away by the currents, locals said.

"A bridge over the Kyaukanwar, a tributary that flows into the Ayeyarwady, collapsed with the strong current. Two houses had to be demolished as one of them was partially washed away," said Maung Zaw, a local resident.

2014 census report to be releasedthis month

A report containing the finalised data from the 2014 census will be released on May 29, according to Myint Kyine, director general of the Immigration and Population Ministry.

The report will consist of 65 tables that will explain data on population and communities, the number of migrants into and out of the country, housing, education, business, national identification and births and deathsat every level of government.

Civil servants return to work in Laukkaing

LAUKKAING – Government employees who were originally assigning duties in Konegyan and Laukkaing townships in the Kokant Self-Administered Zone left Lashio yesterday to reassume their duties in their respective areas.

Due to the recent fighting in Kokant, teachers and departmental staff who were assigned different tasks in Laukkaing, Konegyan and Mawhtike townships and nearby villages fled to their respective places of origin.

Protest demands students’ release

MANDALAY – Students from Mandalay Region staged a protest yesterday demanding the release of students and their supporters detained for calling for changes to the National Education Law.

The police crackdown on the protesters in Letpadan Township, Bago Region, on March 10, led to the arrest of numerous students, Buddhist monks and civilians who had joined the campaign.

A protest was led by Mandalay District All Burma Students’ Union.

Timber blamed for border clashes

More fighting between government forces and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) has taken place in Kachin State due to illegal timber extraction, according to sources.

Illegal Chinese gangs are involved in the smuggling of timber from Katha District of northern Sagaing Region and Moemeik and Mabein of northern Shan State to China.