Suu Kyi leads garbage collection in Kawhmu Township

Chairperson of the National League for Democracy (NLD) Aung San Suu Kyi morning led a garbage collection campaign in Kawhmu Township, which she represents as an MP, on December 13.
She was joined by NLD party members, Kawhmu residents, members of the Daw Khin Kyi Foundation and media personnel, whom she encouraged to join her during the campaign.

Mini-bus plunges into ravine at Pontaung-Ponnya, seven dead

A mini-bus named “Tun Taunk” from Kalay Township, Sagaing Region, plunged into a ravine at Pontaung-Ponnya along the Kalay-Gangaw-Pale Road on December 13, killing seven. The crash was caused by a mechanical error. 

Locals ask actions against increased jade mining in Hpakant within the last months of current administration

Locals from Hpakant region asked for actions against increased jade mining while the end of current administration is approaching.

Locals told The Daily Eleven newspaper that Heavy machineries from China flow into Hpakant Region through Kanpaite route every day and that they are worried about the jade companies recklessly mining in the region.

Police arrest Bulgarian over fake cards

Police arrested a Bulgarian man who stole money from two ATMs using fake credit cards on December 11, according to Police Lt. Col. Kyaw Htut, head of the Western District. 

He was arrested at the City Star Hotel in Kyauktada Township with Ks49.2 million. 

Head of Meiktila University sued for taking a bribe of more than 10 million kyats

Professor Dr. Ko Ko Kyaw Soe Head of Meiktila University is sued by the anti-corruption committee at the Meiktila Police Station for taking a bribe of more than 10 million kyats.

Activist jailed for four months

Myo Thu Htut, an activist who protested in favour of the proportional representative voting system in August 2014, has been given a four-month prison term and hard labour by the Pyay Township Court, Bago Region.

He was also wanted by the police for demonstrating in support of the boycott students, who were jailed for protesting against the National Education Law, in September.

Four warrants were issued for his arrest since he did not stand trial for the procession charges.

Youths banned from collecting rubbish in Nay Pyi Taw

Pyinmana Township Administration Office has banned youths from collecting rubbish from the Nay Pyi Taw township on December 10 as they tried to launch a campaign to mark international human rights day.

The young activists obtained permission from the township authorities for the campaign which included rubbish collecting, putting on posters and handing out pamphlets on human rights.

Judge dismisses EMG appeal to change court

Nay Pyi Taw – Win Kywe, Dakhinna District Court judge, ruled out the appeal of the Eleven Media Group (EMG) to change court on December 10.

Ministry of Information filed a lawsuit against five journalists from the EMG, including publisher Dr Than Htut Aung under Section 500 of the Penal Code for defamation.

Media questions overpass projects

The media is questioning the integrity of the spree of overpass projects in Yangon. 

The regional government has built seven overpasses in three to four years.

Four of them are in Hledan, Bayintnaung, Shwegondine and Myaenigon, and the remaining three are still under construction in Tamwe, Kokkai and the 8th Mile Junction.

The region spent over Ks136 billion (US$104 million) on the projects but they failed to ease congestion.

Congestion worsens on Hpakant-Mogaung road

Rains have damaged the Hpakant-Mogaung road and hundreds of cars are locked in a daily traffic jam, reports say.

The heavy vehicles used in jade mining are the cause of the jam, residents say.

“It takes the whole day to reach the other side. The heavy vehicles take up almost two-thirds of the road. The drivers are also reckless,” said a driver at Mawwun gate in Hpakant, Kachin State.