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State owned MNA to start maiden flights to Singapore on August 17

State owned Myanmar National Airlines (MNA) is planning to start its maiden flight to Singapore on August 17, according to sources.

The first airplane hired by the MNA from American company Boeing arrived in Myanmar on June 15. Domestic flights are starting from July 6.

“The maiden flight to Singapore for our airline will start on August 17. We will extend our flight schedules to other countries if we have more aircraft,” said a spokesperson from the MNA.

Pakokku, Chauk students join protest calling Section 436 amendment

Protesters seen near Thakin Phyo Hla Gyi Statue in Chauk (Photo - Aung Thu Nyein/EMG)

University students led the protests demanding the free and fair election and the amendment of the Section 436 of the Constitution in Pakokku and Chauk in central Myanmar on July 10. 

The Section 436 states the necessary of the approval of more than seventy-five per cent of the parliament and the nationwide referendum to amend some important sections of the Constitution. 

Over one hundred people joined the protest which was permitted by the authority for the peaceful assembly. 

World Bank warns of crisis

The world is facing a financial crisis, including the inflation of the US dollar, and Myanmar needs to prepare, according to Abdoulaye Seck, World Bank country manager.

In response to a question asked by the Daily Eleven, Abdoulaye Seck said: “You can’t only look at Myanmar. We are working together with our partners. Overall, the world may face a financial crisis. Myanmar may face this whether it is a domestic or an international effect.

743kg Aung San statue to be erected

It has been reported that a 743kg copper statue of General Aung San will be erected by Martyrs’ Day on July 19 in Kyaukpadaung Township, Mandalay.

“The statue will arrive in Kyaukpadaung on July 10 from Mandalay. This is the result of the effort of patriots for the celebration of Martyrs’ Day. It is 9 feet, 7 inches tall,” said Thet Hlaing from the organising committee, which included political parties, humanitarian groups and monks.

The statue will be taken around the town for two days before being erected at the Sa Khan Thar garden.

 

Land protests continue after jail release

The released Michaungkan protesters have started demonstrating again against land confiscation in Tamwe Township, Yangon, after six months in prison. It was the 11th protest.

Thirty people, including those who were held at Insein Prison until July 2, blocked the gates of Yangon City Hall on Thursday.

Protester Kyin Thein said: “This land is our inheritance. We’ve been demanding to get it back for more than one year. Now we are forced to demonstrate again.”

Bago farmers reclaim land

About 60 people tried to reclaim their farmland in a village in Taungoo, Bago Region, which had been taken by a firm owned by the chairman of the Co-operative Bank.

Kaung Myanmar Aung Company, owned by Khin Maung Aye, had been permitted to do business on the land but had failed to reach an agreement over compensation with the farmers.

“Our farmland and plantations were seized by the Asia Word and Kaung Myanmar Aung companies,” said Kyaw Wai, a famer from Htonebo village.

Military MP seeks clarification on tax law

Regions and states should discuss with the union government on Schedule 5 of the 2008 Constitution as clarity in tax collection would lead to national unity and benefits to the public, said military MP Brig-Gen Maung Maung.
The schedule contains the list of items upon which regions and states can collect taxes, determined to empower regions and states to collect taxes to finance local development projects. 

USDP MP flown to Singapore with haemorrhage

Nay Pyi Taw – MP Aung Thaung from the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party has been flown to Singapore with a cerebral haemorrhage, sparking numerous barbed remarks on social media about the poor state of the nation's top hospitals.

The MP was taken to a 1,000-bed Nay Pyi Taw hospital after fainting at his home in the capital on Wednesday.

He has been transferred to Singapore on Thursday for further treatment.

Students sued for demanding charter change

YANGON – University students face charges from Pabedan Township police for staging an illegal gathering when they demanded changes to the Constitution.

An All Burma Federation of Student Unions member Paing Phyo Min and other students protested in front of Theingyizay market, Yangon, on June 30.

Paing Phyo Min was detained as he marched towards Yangon University to commemorate the 53rd anniversary of July 7, 1962, army crackdown at the campus.

Dams could spark quakes, warns expert

If hydropower dams are built along the Thanlyin or Salween river, it will increase the possibility of earthquakes and if one broke, others downstream could give away, warns seismologist Saw Moe Myint.

The so-called Kyaukkyan fault lies underneath the upper part of the Thanlyin and the dams would mean large bodies of water pushed on the fault and maybe penetrate the rocks. Water would act as a lubricant for earthquakes, said the expert.