YCDC to raise rental fees in People’s Square

In order to raise land rental rates on several acres rent out to Natural World Co in Yangon’s People’s Square, the Yangon City Development Committee will draft a new contract in April.
The current monthly rental rate of Ks 35,000 per acre has caused huge losss to the government, according to a report by the auditor-general of Yangon Region for the 2014-2015 fiscal year, which was submitted to the Yangon Region parliament on November 30, 2015.

We must stick to the NCA: RCSS/SSA spokesman

The Tatmadaw and all ethnic armed organisations must adhere to the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) as there might be difficulties in the designation of certain locations in Shan State, said Colonel Sai La, the spokesperson for the Restoration Council of Shan State/Shan State Army (RCSS/SSA).

State-owned newspapers bullish over low cover prices

The state-owned Kyaymon newspaper has boasted that, while some private publications have increased prices, it is still charging just Ks50.

Three private newspapers, including the Daily Eleven and Democracy Today, are planning to increase prices this week, with the wholesale price rising by Ks20 and the retail price by Ks50.

Private publications began to be established in 2012 with many making losses and going out of business in the face of subsidised competition.

371 died on Yangon roads in 2015

There were 1,970 reported traffic accidents in Yangon municipal area last year, leaving 371 people dead and 2,604 injured, according to the No.2 traffic police office.

Police Lieutenant Colonel Aung Ko Oo said: “There is an increasing number of cars with prices declining. Some young drivers do not understand traffic rules. In 2014 about 4,000 people died in traffic accidents. This number is enormous. The country is losing its human resources and we’re asking for co-operation to enforce traffic rules.”

SNLD condemns KIA forced recruitment

The Shan Nationalities League for Democracy (SNLD) has condemned the Kachin Independence Army’s detention of civilians for recruitment, demanding their release.

Civilians from Kutkai and Muse in northern Shan State were forced into joining the KIA.

Low water hinders Kayah hydropower plants

Water levels supplying the Baluchaung hydropower plants in Lawpita, Loikaw Township, Kayah State, have been declining for a month.

Shan attack shatters ceasefire

Clashes occurred between the military and the Restoration Council of Shan State (RCSS), which signed October’s nationwide ceasefire agreement, in Mong Ping Township, Shan State, on December 31 and caused deaths and injuries.

Colonel Sai La, RCSS spokesperson, said the clashes lasted over an hour between the military’s 278 Infantry Regiment and the RCSS, which has small bases in Mong Pu Gyi, Mong Ping Township. He said negotiations were needed to avoid more clashes.

Kachin govt bosses face jade probe

Three Kachin State leaders are being interrogated at the northern command over the rampant digging of jade and the unlicensed import of vehicles and machinery in Hpakant, according to a state minister.

The minister said: “Chief minister La John Ngan Hsai, the secretary and the minister for planning and economy Dr Yi Maung are under interrogation at the northern command. I have not heard about the sacking of cabinet members yet.”

Rakhine party asks Thai king for Koh Tao review

A letter signed by Rakhine National Party (RNP) chairman Dr Aye Maung and 13 MPs was sent to Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej and the Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha requesting a review into the Koh Tao ruling on the two Myanmar migrant workers.

“We request a review about the case,” said Phay Than from the RNP.

NLD aims to end land seizures

The National League for Democracy (NLD) is making preparations to solve land problems in a just and fair manner, according to Nyi Pu, chairman of the party's Central Farmer Affairs Committee.

The committee sent letters to its branches in various states and regions, calling for the collection of any information about land grabbing cases.