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Military commander to be interrogated over murder-rape of two Kachin volunteers

 

Following a request from the Kachin Baptist Convention (KBC), the military commander of No-503 Light Infantry Division, who was present when two Kachin volunteers were killed, will be interrogated on May 18 in Lashio.

The two young women were raped and killed in their home in the compound of a churchyard in Kaungkha Village, Namttaung Village-tract in Muse District, northern Shan State, on January 19, 2015.

Parliament approves appointment of Union Minister for the State Counsellor’s Office

The Union parliament approved the appointment of retired diplomat Kyaw Tint Swe as the Union Minister for the State Counsellor’s Office on May 17.

President Htin Kyaw sent a formal letter to the parliament speaker to appoint Kyaw Tint Swe for the post of Union Minister for the State Counsellor’s Office on May 11, and the speaker notified the parliament about it on May 13. The speaker set a deadline of May 16 to object to the appointment.

Explosion hits India-Myanmar border gate area

 

An explosion occurred yesterday afternoon between dispute areas No 1 and No 2 along the India-Myanmar border, worrying local residents.

Port Authority to collect fines for idle containers

 

Due to the overwhelming amount of containers sitting idle at international ports, the Myanma Port Authority (MPA) has decided to collect fines from their proprietors.

Fines of Ks 5,000 per day for each 20-foot containers and Ks 10,000 for each 40-foot container will be billed to owners of containers that have sat idle for more than two weeks.

Bangladesh sends complaint to Myanmar over border incident

The Bangladesh government sent a complaint letter to Nay Pyi Taw over the recent mortar shell incident and intrusion of Myanmar security forces into Bangladeshi territory on May 16, according to the Dhaka-based newspaper The Daily Star.

In a note verbale sent to the Myanmar government through the Myanmar embassy in Dhaka, the Bangladeshi foreign ministry said the incident of a mortar shell attack targeting a Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) camp on the night May 11 was most unfortunate and totally unwarranted.

Sacked YCDC members denounce pre-election dismissal

 

Dismissed members of the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) and chairmen and members of district and township committees held a press conference at YCDC headquarters yesterday.

They were fired after the YCDC Election Bylaws were amended and passed ahead of the upcoming YCDC elections. Yangon Mayor Maung Maung Soe signed the amended bylaws for electing committee members at various levels of the YCDC into law with Notification No 1/2016 on May 16.

Factory workers fear future fires after two outbreaks

Cement workers at the Sin Min cement factory located in Kyaukse, Mandalay Region, are worried about the possibility of a fire-related disaster after two fires recently broke out in the factory.

The first fire broke out on May 10 at 2am, killing one worker and injuring two in the 40 minutes before it was put out. Then, on May 14, a second fire broke out due to the high temperature in an area of the factory where workers were cleaning.

Yangon needs ‘better land utilisation, city planning’

THE YANGON region government has been urged to improve land utilisation and city planning before urbanisation worsens the city’s living conditions.

Kyaw Latt, an urban planning expert and senior adviser to the Yangon City Development Committee, said hundreds of acres in the city's commercial centre remained unused.

USAID to help govt manage expectations, administrator says

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) vowed to extend all possible supports to Myanmar, to help the country address social challenges.

"In partnership with the people of this country, I identified ways that we can be a partner. We are committed to providing assistance, sharing expertise we have, and being a friend of the country. We tried to figure out how to address some of the challenges," said Administrator Gayle Smith after finishing her first visit.

Shan Youth calls for rehabilitation of conflict areas

The Shan Youth (Yangon) have demanded that the government, military and armed groups help to rehabilitate the lives of displaced people in northern Shan State, reports say.

Their statement on May 15 condemns the skirmishes between the government troops and the Palaung State Liberation Front/Ta’ang National Liberation Army in Kyaukme and Namkham and the violation of human rights during the conflicts.