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Myanmar Postal Service to extend services with Japan’s assistance

Myanmar Postal Services will extend its services with the help of Japan as of April 1 this year, according to Shwe Tun Maung, manager of the Myanmar Postal Office.

Under the new scheme, the Myanmar Postal Office will no longer be under the management of the telecommunications and postal training centre, he said.

“In the past, our post office was under the control of the Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications. We want to run it separately with the help of Japan. We will extend our services,” he added.

Yangon Police struggle to solve serious crimes

Police across Yangon Region have proved unable to solve a startling number of crimes. Many fugitives from the law remain at large.

Police Col Pyae Sone from the Yangon Region Police Force said on March 28: “We are carrying out a project in order to seize these fugitives. As a matter of fact, we could seize escapees every week. We continue trying to seize them.”

In one unsolved case, Mon Lay, also known as Lwin Myo Thuin, beheaded a 36-year-old woman and her nine-year-old daughter in Bawga Ward, Mingaladon Township, on November 19, 2013. He remains at large.

Teams seize billions of Ks in smuggled stones

Mobile inspection teams have confiscated more than Ks 3.59 billion (US$3.59 million) in precious stones from various trade routes since late December 2012 until January of this year, according to the Central Committee for Control of Illegal Trade.

Merchandise containing jade, marble, and mineral powders was seized, and overall, 113 cases were searched.

Student leader transferred to Letpadan police

Student leader Nandar Sit Aung who was wanted in connection with an education law protest in Letpadan and was arrested in Yangon on the weekend has been transferred to Letpadan Township Police Station, township Police Major Phone Myint said.

"He will face a charge in our township as he's a fugitive," the police major said. "We'll bring him to court today or tomorrow. He'll be detained at Thayawady Prison. There is no plan to transfer him (back) to Yangon."

Lack of jobs drives Myanmar migrant workers back to Thailand

Myawady – Many Myanmar migrant workers are preparing to go back to Thailand before Thingyan as there are no jobs for them in Myanmar and their living expenses are high at home, they say.

The New Year Water Festival starts April 14 in Myanmar. A similar Thai water festival, called Songkran, begins April 13 with many businesses shutting down across the country.

Kalaymyo holds demonstration against violent crackdown

Kalaymyo – People in Kalaymyo Township, Sagaing Region, north-west of Myanmar, held a demonstration yesterday (March 30) against the violent crackdown  students, who had demanded the release of fellow students and their supporters.

A member of the Chin Mountain Resources Watch said: “We feel that the government is turning back to dictatorship  as evidenced by the violent crackdown.”

Death toll rises in Hpa-kant mine landslide

HPAKANT- Initial estimates indicate that more than 20 raw jade miners may have been killed after a second landslide this month hit Hpakant, Kachin State on Monday.

The landslide occurred about 3:30 am as night-shift miners were searching for raw jade in an area between Khunkhar and Shansu villages in northern Myanmar. Village elders say the death toll exceeds 20 and many more are missing.

50,000 illegal migrant workers deported in 5 years

Thailand has deported over 50,000 illegal Myanmar migrant workers in five-year period between 2011 and 2015, according to the Myanmar Police Force under the Ministry of Home Affairs.

“Thailand government deported 52,270 illegal migrant workers via the border starting from 2011. The cycle is repeated as the workers entered Thailand illegally and Thai authorities arrested and sent them home,” said an unnamed official from the Special Branch office under the Myanmar Police Force.

People in Monywa stage protest

Monywa – More than 200 people on March 29 staged a protest against the police crackdown on the student protesters on March 10 in Letpadan, Monywa, Sagaing Region.

"We feel angry at the police for cracking down on the student protesters. Such violence should not happen in a democratic country. The authorities are charging the student protesters with several sections. The people should know we staged the protest to denounce the police violent action," a Monywa resident said.

Defence chiefs hold talks

Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, commander-in-chief of the Defence Services, held talks recently with Sir David Richards, former defence chief of the United Kingdom.

The discussions centred on the role of Tatmadaw (Myanmar Armed Forces) in democratic process in Myanmar, the current talks on achieving peace with ethnic groups and relationships between Tatmadaw and the media.