Casualties mount as Kokang fighting intensifies

The death toll is climbing in Kokang and thousands are fleeing the region as military sources say the army will step up attacks on rebels in Laukkaing, including in Mawhtike and Gonegyan.

Myanmar's state television reported that three soldiers and two civilians were killed while 27 soldiers and six civilians were injured during the ongoing Laukkaing clashes between February 15-18.

One dead, one wounded in fresh attacks in Laukkaing

The government army is planning to step up its attacks on the Kokang rebels in the Laukkaing, Mawhtike and Gonegyan, soon.

China has sent its border guard forces to China-Myanmar border. Heavy armed vehicles and fully-equipped Chinese soldiers are seen at Chinshwehaw near the border line.  

Robbing gold shops, mobile phone shops and vehicles occurs in Laukkaing

Robbing the gold shops, mobile phone shops and stealing vehicles are occurring in Laukkaing where battles have been taking place and when the region becomes peaceful, the cases will be effectively investigated and arrested, according to Police Brig-Gen Thura Bo Ni, Police Chief of Staff, Myanmar Police Force Headquarters on February 17.

Currently, some people reportedly take advantage of Laukkaing City’s unstable situation and commit robberies and theft cases on houses, shops, and vehicles.

UNA leaders says Peace and national reconciliation couldn’t be built immediately

Leaders of United Nationalities Alliance (UNA) said that there should be good will and peace and national reconciliation couldn’t be built in one day at a meeting held in Yangon on February 17.

Chairman of the Shan National League democracy (SNLD) who is also a member of the UNA acted as chairman and spoke on the occasion.

State of emergency, martial law declared in Kokang region

The Myanmar government declared a state of emergency and martial law in the Kokang Self-Administered Zone in Shan State on Tuesday following heavy fighting between government army troops and Kokang renegades in the Kokang area beginning February 9. 

Fire victims still in need of supplies

YANGON – More than 160 houses were destroyed by a fire that broke out on February 16 in Baloaknyunt Village, which lies across the Hlaing River from Kyimyindine Township, Yangon Region.

About 1,000 fire victims are still in need of supplies. Many of the fire victims have sought temporary shelter at the two monasteries in the village.

Myanmar, Singapore sign affordable housing plan

Myanmar’s construction ministry and Singapore-based Surbana International Consultants (Myanmar) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to draw an affordable housing plan for Myanmar.

“On February 9, we signed an MOU with Surbana to implement a master plan for civil planning and urbanization, including affordable housing projects,” a spokesperson for the Human Settlement and Housing Department said.

Electricity production set to increase this summer

In order to satisfy Yangon's energy needs, electricity production will be increased up to its maximum capacity of 400 megawatts this summer, according to Ministry of Electric Power (MEP).

"Power lines and transformers are in position to boost electricity production. It takes 300-400 MW to light Yangon fully," said an official from the ministry.Electricity shortages are common throughout Myanmar during the dry season."Preparations are underway in both production and distribution," the official said.

Taiwanese company eyes Mon State township for modern overhaul

An unnamed Taiwan-based company has begun surveying Chaungsone Township, Mon State, in southern Myanmar with the intention to build a town there, according to Mon State minister Thet Win.

The township will be upgraded with a shopping mall, residential apartments, a motorway, an industrial zone, a hospital and a port.

‘Voting rights for white card holders contradicts charter’

Granting voting rights to temporary national identity card holders or white card holders is not in conformity with Myanmar’s constitution, Union parliament speaker Thura Shwe Mann was quoted in a message sent by the Constitutional Tribunal on Monday.
The message was sent after parliament requested the tribunal to clarify over its decision to allow white card holders to vote in the national referendum on constitutional amendment.