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Thousands vote at embassy in Singapore

Thousands of workers in Singapore queued in front of the Myanmar embassy to cast votes in advance from the early hours of October 15.

Some arrived at the embassy hours before it opened and many took a day off work to cast their votes during office hours.

Myanmar expats in Singapore have until October 18 to vote.

More than 34,000 expats applied to vote, including more than 20,000 in Singapore.

Unlawful hospital building confiscated

Mandalay – The Mandalay City Development Committee seized the Royal Rose Hospital after it was found distributing pornographic adverts and employing unregistered Chinese “doctors”.

Khin Maung Tin, secretary of the committee, said: “We only permitted them to build a five-storey plaza not a seven-storey hospital. Since they have infringed the conditions of the licence, we confiscated the land and building.”

Attack on NLD reported to UEC

Kyu Kyu Than, the leader of the National League for Democracy electoral campaign team in Kachin State, said the attack on the party’s Chipwi candidate would be reported to the Union Election Commission.

She said: “We were carrying out a presentation with a projector when an armed group came and hit us. They destroyed the cameras and motorbikes. The case has been filed with Chipwi police. The attackers were Zahkung Ting Ying’s son. We will complain to the UEC directly.”

NLD slam 'fake' Suu Kyi photos

Digitally manipulated images of Aung San Suu Kyi, chairperson of the National League for Democracy, embracing a person from another religion, are being distributed in some villages in Khin-U Township in Shwebo district, Sagaing Region, according to the township's NLD office.

The allegedly fake images appear to be an attempt to give a false impression of her religious sympathies.

Outrage over Facebook arrests

 

KNU opts out from NCA signing

The Karen National Union (KNU) announced on Monday that it would opt out from the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) signingtomorrow if fighting continues in the northern areas in Myanmar. 

The announcement was issued on Monday as a response to an invitation sent by Union Minister Aung Min on October 7, 2015 to Naw Si Phora Sein, the vice chairperson of the KNU.

Shwelinpan flats priced at Ks 6 million

The low-cost Shwelinpan apartments have been priced between Ks 6 million and Ks 9 million (US$5,000-$7,500) and will be sold to industrial workers exclusively, according to the Shwelinpan industrial zone managing committee.

The whole apartment block consists of 1,560 flats, and the project’s first phase is expected to be complete within this year.

Yangon’s squatter population remains high

 

More than 270,000 squatters live in 33 of the 45 townships of Yangon, and 96,000 of them are in Hlaingthaya Township, according to the Yangon City Development Committee.

The committee said those who dwell on the private property are not included in the list.

Dagon Seikkan Township ranks second with 51,000 squatters, and is followed by Shwepyitha Township with 20,000. Squatters inhabit over 44,000 houses in the city.

Woman charged, jailed for insulting military on Facebook

 

Chaw Sandi Tun, who has been charged with insulting the military in a satirical post on Facebook, was put on trial at the Maubin Township court in Ayeyawady Region yesterday before being sent to Maubin Prison. Her Facebook post likened the colour of the army's newly redesigned uniform to that of Aung San Suu Kyi's dress.

Landslides in Mawchi kill 28, displace 1000

Landslides in Mawchi Mine Region, Hpasaung Township, Kayah State, caused by heavy rain, killed 28 people as of 3:30pm on October 13.

“Another 10 people were found dead underground today, so the death total is now 28. More bodies are still being looked for,” said an Anglican priest in Out village.