Industry Ministry to transfer factories to Defence Ministry


The Ministry of Industry will transfer its factories to the Defence Ministry with the permission of the President’s Office.

The Ministry of Industry announced the move on its Facebook page on December 7, 2015, attracting some popular criticism.

KIO/KIA awaits NLD’s invitation to peace talks


The technical team of the Kachin Independence Organisation/Kachin Independence Army (KIO/KIA) is waiting for an open invitation to peace negotiations from the incoming government, said Daung Kha, the spokesperson for the KIO/KIA.

No presidential pardon on Independence Day


Family members of prisoners waited in the front of prisons around Myanmar in the hope that President Thein Sein would grant amnesty on the Independence Day, which falls on January 4.

During the term of the current government, the president has frequently granted amnesties on red-letter days.

Lawyers' Network slams debarring of political activist

The Myanmar Lawyers’ Network has strongly condemned the disqualification of political activist Myint Aye as a lawyer, describing the move as "unlawful".

Lawyers’ Network issued the statement in opposition to Myint Aye’s debarring at the end of December.

Farmers protest government land seizure

Farmers staged a protest[JG1]  against the companies fencing their fields without giving them adequate compensation in Dakkinathiri Township, Nay Pyi Taw.

About 90 farmers in the township claimed they received Ks 100,000 (US$76) per acre of non-arable land and Ks 200,000 per acre of arable land in 2006. A total of 900 acres were seized from farmers in the township.

Though no projects have begun on the seized lands, some companies have started fencing the area, including Eisitan Co and Aung Kaung Kyaw Co.

Petition against Koh Tao verdict sent to Thai embassy

YANGON—A book signed by more than 25,000 people protesting the verdict against two Myanmar migrant workers for the murder of two British tourists in Koh Tao, Thailand, was sent to the Thai embassy in Myanmar on Tuesday.

In December, civic youth organisations collected more than 25,000 signatures from 12 townships around entire Myanmar in protest of the verdict against the two Myanmar citizens, who have been sentenced to death by a Thai court.

Fire breaks out in Ooredoo’s Magway office

A fire broke out in a storage room at Ooredoo Myanmar’s Magway office on the night of December[JG1]  4, destroying air-con units and phone accessories.

No one was present at the office when the fire broke out, and the township electrical department said it will investigating the cause of the fire. There were about 10 motorcycles parked near the office, but they were not damaged.

Electric train to run in second week of January

Yangon—Yangon’s downtown electric train will begin operating in the second week of January, though it was originally expected to open a week earlier, according to Myanma Railways.
“We will make a trial test on January 8, and it will start its first run on January 10,” an official from Myanma Railways said.
A workshop to prepare for the trial run will be held on January 5 at the office of Myanma Railways. The train will run from Wadan Street to Linsadaung and will connect with Kyimyindaing and Pazundaung train stations on the Yangon Circular Line.

Thai death sentences prompt protests in Rakhine State

Residents of Sittwe and Toungup townships in Rakhine State staged protests to denounce the verdict on the Koh Tao murder case on January 3.
In Sittwe, 600 people, including Buddhist monks, staged a peaceful assembly to protest the verdict and the death sentences handed down to two Myanmar migrant workers on January 3.

YCDC to raise rental fees in People’s Square

In order to raise land rental rates on several acres rent out to Natural World Co in Yangon’s People’s Square, the Yangon City Development Committee will draft a new contract in April.
The current monthly rental rate of Ks 35,000 per acre has caused huge losss to the government, according to a report by the auditor-general of Yangon Region for the 2014-2015 fiscal year, which was submitted to the Yangon Region parliament on November 30, 2015.