Challenges of drug combat

During a visit to Myanmar, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte yesterday discussed with State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi cooperation in anti-human trafficking and fighting narcotic drugs and terrorism, said a press release issued by the State Counsellor’s Office.  

Landslide in Chin State causes temporary suspension of border trade

Trading at Tiddim in Chin State, on the India- Myanmar trade route, has been temporarily suspended due to a landslide in Kennedy mountain.

The landslide occurred on Kalay-Tiddim-Reed route, near Sozan village on Sunday evening and lasted for one day, according to Tiddim township administrator U Khine.

“The landslide occurred at the base of Kennedy mountain as the road in that section is very narrow. With the assistance of four big machines, we are carrying out land-clearing works,” said U Khine.

Kachin CM reports on his government’s endeavours in 2016-17 fiscal year

MYITGYINA: Dr Khat Aung, Chief Minister of Kachin State, on Monday reported on the work of the Kachin state government in the 2016-17 fiscal year, at the second of six regular parliament meetings.

He also reported on drug-related cases, immigration, internal displaced persons (IDPs), tax levy, education, transport, farmland issues, electricity, and the forest and jade industries.

There had been 1,689 drug-related cases involving 2,800 arrests, and 3,807 acres of opium were destroyed between April 2016 and February this year.

Local people fear more than 20 villages may be destroyed by Taninthayi River dam projects

If dams are built on the Taninthayi river, more than 20 upstream villages may be destroyed by flooding, say worried local people who are monitoring the situation.

 In the past, some companies carried out surveys with a view to producing electricity by building dams in Taninthayi, but did not proceed with their plans.

Now GSM Power, based in Thailand, is implementing plans to build dams on the river, bringing objections from local people..

Chaos as large crowd queues for Korean employment forms

Arguments and scuffles broke out among a large number of potential examinees who queued to purchase application forms for EPS-TOPIK Korean Language proficiency exams on Monday.

The forms, on sale for three days in North Dagon Township, will qualify those who pass the exams to be eligible for government contract employment in South Korea.

According to those who eventually bought the US$24 form, the wait was long and chaotic at times.

Striking coffee factory workers demand more privileges from employers

Around 700 factory workers from the Sunday coffee-mix factory went on strike on Monday morning, demanding more privileges, including10 days off during Thingyan.

According to the workers who camped out outside of the factory, their employers have yet to sign employment contracts and provide the proper amount of holidays. They also had eight other complaints they wished to raise.

Amphetamines worth nearly K400 million seized along Maungdaw border

Five Rohingyas were arrested together with stimulant tablets worth nearly K400 million in two cases in the Maungdaw border region in Rakhine State on Monday.

More than 9,700 stimulant pills were confiscated by officers from Maungdaw Township Police Force in Ngakhuya Village, Myomataung Ward, at 7 am on March 20.

FDA penalizes 75 pharmacies over illegal medicine

A total of 75 pharmaceutical businesses have been penalized for selling unlicensed and expired medicines this year, according to the Department of Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Authorities have also destroyed more than Ks 827 million worth of unregistered, fake and expired medicines in Yangon Region and destroyed more than Ks 1 billion worth of unregistered, fake and expired medicines in Mandalay.

Magway Region to hold two-day workshop on federalism

The Forum of Federations plans to hold a two-day workshop on Federalism at the Magway Regional Parliament starting from March 28th, according to the federation.

Riverbank strengthening work 70 per cent complete

Seventy per cent of the riverbank reinforcement work along the Ayeyawady and Chindwin rivers in Magway Region has been finished, according to the regional Department of Water Resources and Improvement of River Systems.