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Spillways at 18 dams overflow

Around 18 dams’ spillways are in use due to flooding in Upper Myanmar, according to the Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation Department.

Lower regions face 15 days of flooding

Meteorologist Chit Kyaw is predicting flooding in Lower Myanmar as heavy rainfall makes its way towards the Bay of Bengal.

“Flooding is occurring from Nyaung U to Hinthada, Pyi and Padaung townships. On August 7 and 8, flooding may reduce as it reaches Lower Myanmar,” said Chit Kyaw.

He predicted lower regions would flood for about 15 days.

Red Cross provides flood relief

The Myanmar Red Cross Association is providing aid to flood victims in Sagaing, Magway, Mandalay and Bago regions and Rakhine State.

Its volunteers are also helping to rescue landslide victims in Chin State.

Three flood relief camps have opened in Pyay Township, Bago Region, where water treatment tablets and drinking water are needed for around 5,200 households or 18,700 residents.

619 dropped from blacklist

A total of 619 names have been removed from the 4,000 on the government’s blacklist, sources say.

Thein Swe, minister for labour, immigration and population, said 248 out of 443 nationals were removed from the blacklist along with 371 of the 3,938 foreigners.

The ministry said it would cooperate with other ministries to further reduce the blacklist.

Peace committee must pick Panglong date: Chin boss

It will take time for the non-signatories of last October's nationwide ceasefire agreement to sign up to the so-called 21st-century Panglong conference, according to Dr Salai Hlan Hmone, vice chairman of the Chin National Front, which signed the peace deal. 

The Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee should agree the date of the peace conference, he added. 

The government is trying to organise the conference by the end of the month. 

Deputy minister of agriculture pledges to handle land dispute in line with law

 

Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation Dr Tun Win said land will be settled fairly in line with the law after inspecting the ground condition.

Lower House MP Tin Htwe of Waw Constituency raised a question whether land management bodies are handling cases in line with the 2012 Land Law or not.

Aerial images of ancient buildings banned in Mandalay

 

Taking aerial images of ancient buildings using drones in Mandalay’s ancient culture zone, according to the Department of Archaeology, National Museum and Library (Mandalay).

It is a precaution to prevent damages in ancient buildings, according to the department.

Ma Hta Tha awaits green light to replace old buses

 

Despite the Yangon Region Chief Minister’s promise to be rid of old passenger buses that have been deemed unsuitable for Yangon city, an authority from Yangon’s public transport regulatory body said the plan had yet to be officiated.

Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein has verbally agreed to remove the ban on 19 June at a meeting regarding public transportation in Yangon.

Thai fishing boats may enter Myeik Archipelago: chief minister

 

Fishing boats that are suspended in Thailand are likely to enter Myeik Archipelago, which could harm local businesses,” Taninthayi Region Chief Minister Dr Lei Lei Maw.

“I’ve heard news that fishing boats from Thailand may enter the Myanmar waters. I don’t want to reveal the exact route here. But local business people may get hurt from this,” said Dr Lei Lei Maw.

Upper House approves proposal on eliminating drug abuse, trafficking

 

The Upper House of Parliament approved a proposal yesterday on the elimination of drug abuse and trafficking.

The proposal, submitted by Upper House MP Sai Wan Hlaing Kham, calls for prompt action to crack down on drug trafficking and abuse across the country. It also stresses the need to establish education programmes and rehabilitation centres for young drug addicts wherever necessary.