KIA denies Tatmadaw land seizure

Kachin Independence Army spokesperson Maj-Gen Naw Bu has denied reports that the Tatmadaw took over Inkhayan Hill, which is near the KIA headquarters in Laiza. He confirmed that the clashes between the KIA and the Tatmadaw ceased from October 2 to 4.

Neither side fired on the other for two weeks while the 21st Century Panglong Conference was being held. However, clashes resumed from September 11 to October 1 at Inkhaya Hill, north of the Laiza headquarters of the KIA.

Company fails to pay fine for late traffic light installation

The company contracted to install 154 modernised traffic lights in Yangon Region has failed to pay the fine for not meeting its deadline, said Yangon Region MP Kyaw Zeya from Dagon Constituency-2 on October 4.

He spoke during a discussion on a proposal submitted by MP Sandar Min from Seikkyi Kanaungto Constituency-1.

Disease kills 5 in Naga SAZ

Sagaing Region, Oct 4

A disease has infected more than 500 people and killed five in Nan Yon Township, located in the Naga Self-Administered Zone in Sagaing Region, reports say.

MP Sein Maung of Nan Yon Township said: “The disease is uncontrollable. Four medics are stationed at Taga Village, where the disease is spreading. Three children and two adults have died.”

The patients’ symptoms include high fevers and coughing. The disease has yet to be identified, but it is not contagious,” said the MP, quoting the medics.

2,000 displaced by Tatmadaw-RCSS/SSA clashes

Nearly 2,000 (people have been displaced by renewed clashes between the Myanmar Defence Services (Tatmadaw) and the Restoration Council of Shan State/Shan State Army (RCSS/SSA) in Mongkai, Shan State.

Lower House MP Sai Hsaing Mong from Mongkai Township discussed the clashes in parliament on October 4, pointing out that both of the belligerents are signatories of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA).

Yangon MP urges action against illegal foreign businesses

Yangon Region MP Win Maung of Hlaingthaya Township submitted a proposal on October 4 calling for action against foreign business owners who do not follow investment laws.

“This country is inviting foreign investment for the sake of national growth. Businesses should be educated to obey the law, and those that violate our laws and commit corruption will be penalised for the sake of the rule of law,” he said.

Myanmar-India border gates close after shooting

After a shooting on Sunday, the two gates on the Myanmar-India border have been closed, sources say.

The Nan Phalon Market, near where the shooting took place, has been deserted.

“Gate 2 in front of the Nan Phalon Market is closed. Even the security guards deserted it. The gate between Gate 1 and Gate 2 is also sealed. There is no business at the market. I’m not sure how long it will take until the situation is back to normal,” said a shopkeeper at the market.

Casinos thrive in Myawady

The number of casinos in Myawady, Kayin State, is growing, according to local sources. Casinos are heavily restricted by Myanmar law, and gamblers around the country are frequently arrested by police.

The Maw La Min Casino is the first of its kind to advertise publicly by erecting a billboard in Ward 5.

Kayin State MP Thant Zin Aung said: “I have told the state government about the casinos. I think I have to say it again since they have begun operating publicly.”

Lower House rejects USDP proposal on education negotiations

The Lower House of parliament turned down a proposal submitted by the Union Solidarity and Development Party urging the Union government to hold all-inclusive basic education talks. The proposal was rejected yesterday with 151 votes in favour, 230 against and eight abstentions after 17 MPs debated it.

Lower House MP Dr Maung Thin from the USDP submitted the proposal, which called for the creation of a better basic education law that would reflect the views and suggestions of the public.

Yangon govt to import motorcycles for traffic police

The Yangon Region government will import 100 motorcycles for traffic police in an effort to alleviate traffic congestion in Yangon Region, said Police Lt-Col Aung Ko from the No 2 Traffic Police Force in Yangon.

The Yangon Region government has put the purchase of up to 220 traffic police motorcycles out to tender. The authorities hope the newly equipped traffic police will clear traffic congestion and take action against traffic rule violations.

The first phase of the project will include the import of just 100 of the motorcycles.

Man kills 15-year-old housemate in Hlaingthaya

A 15-year old boy was killed by his flatmate at the Kyansittar housing complex in Hlaingthaya Township, Yangon, on October 3, according to police.
Wai Yan Win Myint was treated at Hlaingthaya Hospital after receiving more than 20 knife wounds. The brother of the deceased said the perpetrator, Maung Maung Myat, attacked Wai Yan Win Myint with a knife at around 5am and then fled the scene.
The boy’s father was notified of the attack at 8am that day, but Wai Yan Win Myint had died before the father arrived at the hospital.