UWSA to sue journalists over reporting on Panghsang Summit

The United Wa State Army (UWSA) will sue several journalists who they claim reported inaccurately about the objectives of Panghsang Summit held from May 1 to May 6 at Panghsang, Wa Self-Administered Zone, said Aung Myint, the central office secretary of the UWSP/UWSA on May 24.

Severe clashes continue in Mansi

Severe clashes between the Tatmadaw and KIA continue in Mansi Township, Kachin State, according to a local peace negotiation team on May 25.

On May 24, clashes broke out near Nantlinpar Village and Majaryan Village from 9:30am to 3:30pm.

Upon investigation, the clashes between the Tatmadaw and KIA broke out on May 5 due to the Tatmadaw's efforts to crack down on timber smuggling. Throughout the clashes, the military used air strikes and both sides suffered casualties, according KIA affiliates.

Bangladesh stalls over migrant repatriation

Bangladesh is yet to bring back more than 200 supposedly Bangladeshi migrants rescued by Myanmar, according to the border police.

The police said Bangladesh replied that information sent by Myanmar about the migrants was not complete. The police say the migrants were sent to Taungup Township bordering Bangladesh.

UN confirms boatpeople are Bangladeshi

The United Nations has announced that the 208 boatpeople who were saved by the Myanmar authorities and are being held at Ale Than Kyaw village, Maungdaw Township, were from Bangladesh. The UN special adviser on Myanmar Vijay Nambiar visited the group in Rakhine State on May 22. 

Yangon, Nay Pyi Taw voter lists put on display for fourteen days

Voter lists in fourteen townships in Yangon and eight in Nay Pyi Taw Union Territory were set up on May 25 for public viewing. They will remain on display for 14 days, or until June 7.

The Yangon townships included are South Dagon, North Dagon, East Dagon, North Okkalapa, Thingangyun, Thanlyin, Kyauktan, Thongwa, Kayan, Insein, Mingaladon, Shwepyitha, Hlinethaya and Htantabin.

The Nay Pyi Taw Union Territory townships are Tatkon, Pyinmana, Lewe, Ottarathiri, Dekkhinathiri, Pobbathiri, Zabuthiri and Zeyathiri.

Change Constitution or face conflict: UNA

The leaders of the United Nationalities Alliance (UNA) said the 2008 Constitution should be amended in an effort to achieve a genuinely sustainable peace, adding that armed groups would step up operations if no changes were made.

“States must have the right to gain greater autonomy from the government if national consolidation and reconciliation are to be established. Only if a federal union is established can we achieve a genuine, sustainable peace. For that reason, the 2008 Constitution needs to be amended,” said Aye Tha Aung, one of the leaders of the UNA.

Migrants to be expelled in days: Rakhine chief

RAKHINE – The Rakhine State chief minister said Bangladeshi migrants rescued by Myanmar would be repatriated within days.

Maung Maung Ohn told a meeting at Daywar Nadi hall in Maungdaw Township: “We won’t allow the Bangladeshi migrants to stay in Myanmar by opening refugee camps. Our ambassadors are meeting in Yangon to discuss the migrants. There have been negotiations between the border forces of both countries about sending the migrants home. We are going to plan the transfer of those migrants within days.”

Early monsoon batters most of country

Early monsoon rains have broken records across the country with the authorities warning that heavier weather lay ahead.

The southwest monsoon hit Myanmar on May 7 and reached the delta areas in May 20. Low pressure in the Bay of Bengal reinforced the monsoon, bringing more rainfall to lower parts of Myanmar.

Rainfall in Nawnghkio, Mandalay, Pyin Oo Lwin and Sagaing broke records.

Yangon, Ayeyarwady, Bago and Tanintharyi regions and Rakhine, Kayin and Mon state experienced heavy rainfall.

Korea to aid schools and farmers

The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) will assist Myanmar develop four sectors, including education, through a five-year project running until 2019, according to an official from the organisation.

The other sectors are agriculture, human resources and rural development.

“The KOICA will advice on education with the construction of school buildings and teaching systems as well as on other necessary facts,” the official said.

Yangon flood defences fail

Monsoon rains have lashed Yangon, Ayeyarwady, Tanintharyi and Bago regions and Rakhine, Kayin and Mon states with efforts to ease the problem in the former capital having limited effect.

The forecast for Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal is partly cloudy to cloudy, according to the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology (DMH).