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Negotiations of Govt and ethnic groups to be postponed to another month

The ethnic armed organizations’ special delegation proposed a meeting of government top figures including the president and the ethnic leaders on the inclusiveness of ethnics to be postponed to another month, quoted the ethnics’ letter which was sent to Union Minister Aung Min, the vice-chairman of Union Peacemaking Work Committee.

Government to give land to unemployed farmers

Union government has prepared Ks 500 million (US$416,000) to support jobless farmers with arable lands in Thongwa Township, Yangon Region, according to Soe Min, the Minister for Agriculture and Irrigation.

The project will start in the coming dry season and the aid is just for actual landless farmers.

Factory workers may hire apartments

An apartment project being realised at the Shwelinpan industrial zone, Hlaingthaya Township, will open to factory workers for rent, according to the Department of Human Settlement and Housing Development.

Detainee confess involvement in the attack on EMG’s CEO requested by a military official

The third legal hearing of the two detainees, arrested for an attack on the life of Eleven Media Group’s CEO Dr. Than Htut Aung, was held on August 25 and the next hearing will be on September 7.

The case was filed at the Bahan township court by the police while EMG’s General Manager U Htein Linn acts as plaintiff.

On July 14, Dr. Than Htut Aung’s vehicle was attacked by a group of five people using nuts and slingshots during a stop at the traffic light near Min Lann bus stop on U Chit Maung Road.

Suu Kyi warns ethnic armed organisations not to quickly sign NCA

Ethnic armed organizations should not rush into signing the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) before the Nov 8 general elections, Win Htain, central executive committee member, quoted Aung San Suu Kyi, the chairperson of the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) as saying in her meeting with the Karen National Union (KNU).

Negotiations of Govt and ethnics proposed to be postponed to another month

The ethnic armed organizations’ special delegation proposed a meeting of government top figures including the president and the ethnic leaders on inclusiveness of ethnics to be postponed to another month, quoted the ethnics’ letter sent to Union Minister Aung Min, the vice-chairman of Union Peacemaking Work Committee.

Myanmar central bank mulls additional move to stem kyat fall

The Central Bank of Myanmar is stepping up its efforts to discourage the domestic use of US dollar, with the plan to illegalise dollar-denominated transactions.

According to Win Thaw, deputy director-general with the foreign currency management department of the CBM, the directive demanding all local transactions completed in Myanmar kyat would be issued by the end of this year.

MPs suggest borrowing over 24 billion yen from JICA to upgrade circular train system

Myint Thein, Deputy Minister of Rail Transportation, submitted a proposal to the parliament to accept a loan of 25 billion Japan yen from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for upgrading Yangon’s circular train system project.

The deputy minister submitted made his proposal at the 12th regular session of the first Union parliament held in Nay Pyi Taw on August 24.

ICT to be used to supervise supermarket tax collection

Director General Min Htut of the Internal Revenue Department reported that information and communication technologies (ICT) will be used to inspect whether companies that run supermarkets are actually paying consumer taxes.

Contrary to places such as restaurants and eateries, supermarkets face serious difficulty pasting tax stamps onto every receipt, which has led the public to question whether supermarkets actually pay taxes.

Final amendable voter list delayed until September due to the floods

Director Thaung Hlaing of the Union Election Commission (UEC) said the last amendable voter list, initially scheduled to be released by the end of August, will be released in September due to widespread flooding.