Solo protester against Letpadaungtaung copper mine project detained

Nay Lin Soe (aka Pho Sa Nay), a solo protester against the Letpadaungtaung copper mine project, marched from Yangon to Sagaing Region. He and activist Kyaw Zin were detained at the Sagaing Police Station yesterday afternoon.

However, they were granted bail at around 6pm, the police station reported.

They will be charged under Section 18 of the Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Procession Law on May 24.

Former ABSDF chairmen denied entry visas

Dr Naing Aung and Moe Thee Zun, the former chairmen of the All Burma Students' Democratic Front (ABSDF), both former citizens of Myanmar, have been denied entry visas to visit the country.

“We continuously fought for the release of Daw Suu (Aung San Suu Kyi). We also fought for the release of Min Ko Naing and other political prisoners. But now, no one helps us get visas. We feel sad. We have been living in exile for 27 years to fight for Myanmar's democracy reform," said Moe Thee Zun.

Facebook user probed under Telecommunications Law

A man who allegedly made a fraudulent Facebook account under the name of Nay Myo Wai, the chairperson of the Peace and Diversity Party, was arrested after he posted remarks about the commander-in-chief of defence services and government officials on Monday. He is being investigated under Section 66(d) of the Telecommunication Law, reports say.

Thein Sein holds first post-election meeting with USDP members

Union Solidarity and Development Party chairman Thein Sein met party members for the first time since the last year’s election on May 23 in Yangon.

The former president asked members to keep the party united and to try to make it a party for the people by finding out reasons behind their defeat in the election, said party spokesperson Khin Ye.

The chairman explained the party’s policies for the future and advised attracting younger generations to the party and eliciting the adoration of the people by respecting their desires.

Yangon floods highlight ineffective drainage system

The recent bouts of heavy rain, brought on by Cyclone Roanu, have left several parts of Yangon heavily flooded.

This was the case on May 23, when two hours of rain left places such as Yuzana Plaza flooded by about 1.5 feet of water, which also caused some buses to breakdown, forcing passengers to brave the muddy waters on foot.

Suu Kyi explains ban on ‘Rohingya’

According to State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, the usage of the terms “Bengali” and “Rohingya” is trivial compared to actual conflicts and tensions in Rakhine. She spoke at a press conference with US Secretary of State John Kerry.

Military chief meets US Secretary of State

The Tatmadaw is cautious about its role in ensuring that Myanmar continues on the path toward multi-party democracy and solves the country’s decades-long armed conflicts by peaceful means, said Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing said in a meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.

Health ministry recruits new doctors

The health ministry will recruit new doctors for 1,000 vacant posts under the government’s 100-day initiative.

On April 4, the health ministry recruited 1,000 assistant doctors and research officers and 42 dentists via state-run newspapers.

Hpakant ward administrator shot dead

A female ward administrator was shot dead in the evening of May 22 amid the conflict raging in Hpakant, Kachin State.

An explosion went off at the office of the Sahnni Literature and Culture Department at around 2am on May 22, leaving no injuries but destroying some property, said members of the literature and culture group.

In the evening of May 22, Nandar Hlaing, a ward administrator of Hmawshan village, Seikmu Village-tract, Hpakant Township, was shot dead at her home by unknown armed group.

Ministry of Electric Power and Energy to open petrol stations

The Ministry of Electric Power and Energy is planning to cooperate with a foreign company to sell and distribute petrol and diesel fuel to government ministries and will open petrol filling stations to compete with the private sector, said Thant Zin, director general of the Myanma Petroleum Products Enterprise.

The joint-venture process will be finalised this year, and it will compete with private companies in selling petrol and diesel, he said.