Free entrance boosts park visits

Since the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) allowed free entrance to its parks on April 1, visitor numbers have increased by 700,000.

“Over 1.2 million visitors came to the parks in April last year. After free entrance was allowed this April, around 1.9 million visitors came,” said an official from the Department of Playgrounds, Parks and Gardens at the YCDC.

13 fishing slaves fly to Yangon

After being investigated for national registration, 13 Myanmar citizens who were trafficked on Thai fishing boats to Indonesia reached Yangon on May 9 by Malaysia Airlines.

Out of an estimated 535 citizens trafficked to the eastern Indonesian islands of Maluku, only 13 returned and only then via a detention camp in Jakarta.

Two soldiers involved in Ko Par Gyi’s case released

Military Supreme Court has acquitted two soldiers unconditionally as the death of freelance reporter Aung Naing (a) Aung Kyaw Naing (a) Par Gyi broke out in their active service, according to Myanmar Human Rights Commission's announcement released on May 8.

Suu Kyi heads back to Mon State

The National League for Democracy’s (NLD) chairperson Aung San Suu Kyi will resume her postponed trip to Mon State on May 16.

She originally planned to visit Mon and Kayin states from March 27 to 29 and hold public rallies to mark the centennial birthday of her father, General Aung San, but the trip was cancelled after she said she was tired from too much travel and she needed to attend Parliament.

Lashio blast kills child and injures parents

An explosion that took place at a highway bus station inside area 3, ward 12, in Lashio, Shan State, damaged the staff home of Win Aung, a Myo Gone Saung Company employee. His three-year-old son Min Myat Aung died at Lashio General Hospital after sustaining injuries to his cheek, back, stomach and ankles. Win Aung, 30, and the child’s mother, Aye Win, 20, sustained injuries and are receiving treatment at the hospital.

Lab results on child death due next week

Laboratory tests of the tissue sample of the deceased child patient and the drug used to treat him at Pakokku Hospital will be released next week.

Ayeyarwady demands more teachers

Ayeyarwady Region needs more than 2,000 secondary school teachers, 1,000 primary school teachers and renovation work at more than 1,000 schools.

Security alert on Bangladesh border

Myanmar has tightened security along its border with Bangladesh after fighting broke out on May 4 between border troops and a rebel force from the Rohingya Solidarity Organisation.

The fighting took place between milestones 52 and 53 along the border in the evening after the rebel force tried to attack border forces and enter Myanmar from Bangladesh.

A border force officer said two rebels were wounded and four went missing during the fighting, before they fled back to Bangladesh.

Hpakant landslide kills seven relatives

A landslide in Hpakant Region, Shan State, killed seven people on May 7 but there are no reports of causalities in a separate landslide in the region on May 8. 

The bodies of seven relatives were found but no others were uncovered despite a search operation.

The victims were Khin Maung Nyunt, Thein Tan, Thein Han, Thein Naing, Jet Maung Maung, Naing Lin and Kan Gyi Maung. Three of them are brothers and the other four are cousins. 

Temperatures soar in central zones

Deputy director Kyaw Moe Oo of the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology has said some temperatures in central Myanmar have reached 44 to 45 degrees.

“Myingyan reached 44 degrees but dropped afterwards. It then bounced up 45 degrees for two days. Some regions had two to three days of 44 degrees but because it rained in Magway, the temperatures dropped a little,” said Kyaw Moe Oo.