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Foreigners flock to Indawgyi Wildlife Sanctuary

The number of foreign visitors to the Indawgyi Lake Wildlife Sanctuary has increased tenfold over the last four years, according to a statement issued by Fauna and Flora International’s (FFI) after a workshop onestablishing the area as a Unesco biosphere reserve in early July.

Ks 1.5 billion allotted for DHF prevention and control

A total of Ks 1.5 billion have been earmarked this year for the prevention and control of dengue fever, according to the Public Health Department under the Ministry of Health.

Dengue fever (DHF) has been put on the lists of diseases to be monitored all year round due to a year-on-year increase in the number of cases of DHF transmission.

EMG’s CEO came under attack by unknown assailants

A group of five men attacked the car that Dr Than Htut Aung, the CEO of Eleven Media Group, was driving by using nuts. The attack occurred at the junction of U Chit Maung Road and Ar Zarni Street, Bahan Township, Yangon Region at about 6 pm on July 14.

The well-organised assailants waited in a taxi at the opposite lane and hit the car of the CEO from the close range of two feet with the use of nuts and they aimed at the head of the CEO. The attack damaged the glass of the car, but Dr Than Htut Aung was not injured.

EMG's CEO attacked by unknown assailants

A group of five men attacked the car that Dr Than Htut Aung, the CEO of Eleven Media Group, was driving by using nuts. The attack occurred at the junction of U Chit Maung Road and Min Street at about 6 pm on July 14.

The attackers waited in a taxi at the opposite lane and hit the car of the CEO from the close range of two feet with the use of nuts at the time of the traffic congestion and they aimed for the head of the CEO. The attack damaged the glass of the car, but Dr. Than Htut Aung was not injured.

MP investigates termination of industrial-zone car production

MP Thura Aung Ko from Kanpetlet constituency raised questions about the cancellation of car production in industrial zones and the plan to investigate those involved in old-age car substitution program at yesterday's Lower House of parliament session.

Chan Maung, deputy minister for rail transportation said: “The Ministry of Industry replied that the termination of industrial zone car production should take into account the survival of companies, staffers and their families."

Refugees mount as battles continue in Kachin State

The number of war refugees continued to rise as battles have broken out between the Tatmadaw and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) in Sumprabum, Kachin State, according to the Technology Department of the Kachin Independence Organisation (KIO) and peace agents in Myitkyina.

The skirmishes started on July 11 at Malian Village, and residents from nearby villages fled to an area controlled by KIA Division 1.

Bengalis detained on Saungkauk Island

Navy vessels searched the area around Saungkauk Island (locally called Dei Oo Island) in Tanithayi Region on July 9, after it was discovered that many Bengalis have begun taking refuge there. The discovery was made when a Bengali migrant was rescued two miles northwest of the island on June 30 at 10pm.

The navy found 45 Bengalis from Bangladesh in the area on July 9, 49 on July 11 and eight on July 12.

Upon investigation, the Bengalis were found to be labourers from Bangladesh.

NLD to conduct door-to-door checks on voter lists in Gangaw

The National League for Democracy  will conduct door-to-door checks on the personal information of voters in the three townships of Gangaw District, Magway Region, after the initial versions of voter lists there were found to be full of errors, said NLD members in Gangaw District.  

They said the voter lists in Gangaw, Htilin and Saw townships included dead people on the lists, as well as incorrect fathers’ names, dates of birth, addresses and national registration cards. They also excluded many eligible voters.  

NLD branches told to submit candidates

Nang Khin Htwe Myint of the central executive committee of the National League for Democracy said that the election candidates would have to be submitted to the party’s campaign team by July 23.

She said: “The party has distributed the application forms to the townships. They will have to submit the forms to the headquarters by July 23.”

The candidates would be examined by the CEC examining team and the city elders, Nang Khin Htwe Myint added.

High school student union denounces police scare tactics

The All Burma Federation of High School Student Unions announced on July 11 that it would issue a complaint against authorities for interrogating high school students at the commemoration event in honour of the destruction of the Student Union Building on July 7 in Bogalay Township.  

The announcement said the Bogalay High School Student Union held a memorial service on July 7, and 22 members were given serious warnings by police. Moreover, the parents of four students were called to the police station and asked to sign confessions.