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Committee to negotiate with Letpadaungtaung villagers

The committee established to implement the recommendations in the report of the Letpadaungtaung Investigation Committee affirmed that it will continue its work project in accordance with the report and negotiate with the residents, who claim they were inadequately compensated for the land they lost to accommodate the mine project.

100th birthday of General Aung San to be celebrated in Naypyitaw

Lower House MP Min Thu said the 100th birthday of General Aung San will be celebrated in Dakkhinasiri Township of Naypyitaw on January 22.

The event will be held at the Yanaungmyin Pagoda compound, which General Aung San visited twice.
Min Thu said: "The reason we chose the Yanaungmyin Pagoda is General Aung San visited the pagoda twice. Once was before the fight against the Japanese occupants. Another one was before the election to fight for the independence."

District court sentences Taungoo bomber to death by hanging

TAUNGOO – Saw Tun Tun, the perpetrator of a bomb attack in Taungoo that killed two people and injured one, was sentenced to death and a seven-year prison term with hard labour by the district court of Taungoo on January 7.

He was also sentenced to a ten-year prison term with hard labour on July 4, 2014, under the 1980 Explosives Act.

The bomb attack was carried out on October 11, 2013, at the Chan Myae guesthouse in Taungoo. The defendant confessed that he stayed at the guesthouse on October 9 and placed a bomb in room number six that night.

MFSWG to launch sufficiency of food programs in rural areas

YANGON – Myanmar Food Security Working Group (MFSWG) plans to open two food security centres in Kachin and Chin states the availability of sufficient food to rural people, said Dr Ohn Mar Khaing, a founder of the Food Security Cooperation team.

The two centres will be opened within the next six months.

Myanmar Aerospace Engineering University tests drones

Myanmar Aerospace Engineering University in Meikhtila has produced seven drones, which the university is now subjecting to trial runs.

Drones are also called unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVS), which are aircrafts either controlled by pilots from the ground or autonomously following pre-programmed missions.

Irrigation project begins on farmland seized without compensation

Authorities have reportedly begun work on an irrigation project on land that was seized from farmers in Ottarithiri Township, Nay Pyi Taw District, without paying compensation. 

Some villagers say the construction of irrigation canals has started to irrigate about 400 acres of land near Phaung Laung Dam in the township. As a result, their farmlands included in the project area have been destroyed and uncompensated.

Nearly 20,000 affordable flats slated for next fiscal year

Nearly 20,000 new residential flats are slated to open in Yangon, Pathein and Mawlamyine in the 2015-16 fiscal year, according to Department of Human Settlement and Housing Development, Ministry of Construction.

The ministry plans to build ten housing projects comprised of 284 low-cost and affordable apartment buildings with a total of 18,360 flats.

Citizens must be alert as crime rate rise

In a society governed by the rule of law, ordinary people must enjoy the protection of their rights under the law, according to a paper published by the World Justice Project. Moreover, injustices they are facing must be addressed in a peaceful way by judicial bodies. In a society with a sound judicial system, government, political parties and influential people prevent the rights of ordinary people from being violated, the paper says.

Female activist sent to jail in Myanmar

A female activist has been sentenced to one month in jail for a prayer protest for the release of Phyu Hnin Htwe, a student activist who was previously imprisoned.

The activist Tin Mar Yee was given her prison sentence on January 7 by the Chanmyatharsi Township court in Mandalay Region, after being charged under Section 18 of the penal code for protesting without official permission.

Her case had been ongoing since last October.

Farmers fleeing Myitsone Dam face economic challenges

Farmers who fled their lands to make way for the Myitsone Dam project are now struggling to earn livelihoods.

According to the farmers, although homes, roads and access to electricity are available to them, there is no land for farming. They have to travel about ten miles from their village to do farming and cultivation.

Most of the people who have been forced to move oppose the Myitsone Dam project.