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Two offshore gas fields to pause operations for maintenance

Operations at the Yadana and Zawtika offshore gas fields will be paused for maintenance work, according to reports.

The Yadana project will halt production from April 11 to 19, and the Zawtika project will stop from April 20 to 27.

The Zawtika gas field will continue running while the Yadana project is in hiatus. Gas from the Zawtika field will be distributed to three gas turbines and engines in Thaketa, one turbine in Hlawkar, two turbines in Mawlamyine and three turbines in Thaton.

Detained activists submit list of defence witnesses

Six detained activists, including Nay Myo Zin, have submitted a list of defence witnesses during the 13th court hearing held at Dagon Township Court on April 7.

They have been charged under Sections 505 (B), 353, 147 and 18 for staging a protest in front of the Chinese embassy in Yangon over the killing of Khin Win, a local from Letpadaungtaung.

Workers continue protest after inadequate wage offer

Disgruntled workers from the SUMEC garment factory in Yaytarshay Township, Yayni City, Bago Region, continued to protest  in front of the factory after their employer offered inadequate pay raises.

“The employer has raised our salaries Ks 3,000 per month, which is Ks 100 per day, and he said if we are not happy with what the raise, we can leave the factory,” said labour leader Pyae Sone Aung.

Lower House passes national education reform bill

The Lower House of parliament has approved a bill amending last year’s National Education Law.

The secretary of the Lower House Bill Committee, Saw Hla Tun, said the education reform bill was approved with 131 amendments to existing points and 11 other points inserted in accordance with the demands of student activists.

The amendment bill was approved by the Lower House in Nay Pyi Taw on Tuesday.

Students of ABFSU (Ba-Ka-Tha) stage protest calling for immediate release of all detainees in front of court

The students of All Burma Federation of Student Union (Ba-Ka-Tha) staged a protest in front of Letpandan township court on April 7 demanding an immediate release of the students and supporters detained in the custody as they demonstrated against the national education law in Letpadan during March.

Apart from 69 students and supporters formerly detained at Thayawady Prison, Nanda Sit Aung who is one of the leaders of Ba-Ka-Tha arrested by the police in Yangon was also brought to the third trial at the same time.

No decision on Zalon Hill as a nature park

Although a report suggests that it is feasible to establish a nature park at Zalon Hill located in Nant Khaung Huu Forest Reserve in Bhamauk Township, there has been no decision by local authorities more than a year later, according to the chairman of the survey team.

A 13-member team led by Chairman Aung Shwe presented its detailed analysis to the Management Committee in Bhamauk Township, the Sagaing Regional chief minister and the Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry on February 19, 2014. There has been no reply to date.

Yangon State parliament discusses sub-urban development

The Yangon State parliament has begun discussing the issue of monopolised land areas in the developing sub-urban areas of Yangon and improving the living standards of low-income residents in those areas.

When South Okklapa township representative Myo Min Aung presented the agenda to more rapidly develop sub-urban areas, representative for Bahan township Dr Nyo Nyo Thin replied:

SUMEC workers vow to protest until wage demands met

Disgruntled workers from the SUMEC garment factory in Yaytarshay township, Yayni City, Bago State, will continue striking until their demands for a basic salary of Ks 60,000 per month are met.

The garment workers currently receive a basic salary of between Ks 15,000 and Ks 35,000. They decided to strike when the Union parliament approved a bill to increase public servants' basic salaries to Ks 120,000 per month.

Relief workers temporarily stop operations in Kunlong

Relief workers have temporarily stopped their work at a relief camp in Kunlong Township because no IDPs from Laukkaing Township remain there, sources from the relief agencies say.

Thousands of war refugees fled their homes to Lashio via Chinshwehaw and Kunlong since fighting between the Myanmar Army and Kokang insurgents broke out on February 9. They stopped their relief work temporarily because many IDPs went home for the Thingyan Water Festival, according to Chit Mee, a relief worker.

Hand-pickers, squatters detained in Hpakant Region

Police stations in Hpakant Region on Monday charged 49 hand-pickers searching for jade and 68 others who were allegedly attempting to steal property from land owned by gem companies. 

Hpakant and Lawng Hkang police stations have charged them with trespassing under Section 447 of the Myanmar Penal Code.