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Student leader remanded

Lin Htet Naing (also known as James), a leader from the All Burma Federation of Student Unions (ABFSU), has been remanded at Kamayut Township Court.

He is the husband of Phyo Phyo Aung, a female activist detained since the crackdown on protesters against the National Education Law in March.

He will be tried together with other activists, Nanda Sitt Aung, Yadana Su Po Hlaing (aka Po Po) and Kyaw Ko Ko today (November 5).

82,500 names added to Taungoo voter lists

Election monitors say the final voter lists for townships of Taungoo District, Bago Region, include more names than the previous ones.

The lists announced on November 2 included 82,536 extra voters, the monitors said.

They also said some polling stations in the district had insecure polling booths during advance voting and the public had reported feeling unable to vote in secret.

Operators promise good mobile services during election

The Directorate of Telecommunications has told Myanma Posts and Telecommunications (MPT), Ooredoo and Telenor to prepare decent mobile services for the November 8 election.

“We’ll try our best to offer quality services and make sure there are no connection problems. If there are any technical difficulties, we’ll fix them as soon as possible. Since we have our own gateway, we can promise the best and fastest data connection,” said Thiri Kyarnyo, Ooredoo Myanmar spokesperson.

7 students on hunger strike to free political prisoners

The number of detained students to go on hunger strikes to demand that authorities free political prisoners reached seven on November 4. The detained students and their supporters were brought to the court that day[u1] .

Aung Hmine San, Than Htike, Myo Myat San, Ko Mar Naw, Phyoe Dana, Swe Lin Tun and Kyaw Swar Lin are on hunger strike.

Myanmar ruling party denies sacking rumour

 

The Union Solidarity and Development Party denied Wednesday the rumour that it expelled Thura Shwe Mann.

Kyaw Thura, head of Public Relations Department of the USDP, told media that rumours are rife as the polling date draws near.

Rogue gold miners will not be approved: MMEF

The Myanmar Mineral Entrepreneurs Federation (MMEF) in eastern Shan State will not approve any more companies to mine in Nahailon Village, Techilek, Shan State.

Wa armed group willing to cooperate with NLD

The United Wa State Army (UWSA) vice chief-of-staff Shauk Min Hlyan said yesterday that his organisation would cooperate with the National League for Democracy (NLD), led by Aung San Suu Kyi, and will invite them to visit the Wa special region.

Shauk Min Hlyan spoke at a press conference after the final session of the second Pangkham summit of the ethnic armed groups held in Pangkham, the de facto capital of the Wa special region.

158 Myanmar fishermen return home from Indian detention

Over 150 Myanmar fishermen, who were arrested in India for passing through its ocean territory, returned to Myanmar in the afternoon of November 2.

Most of the fishermen were arrested by India’s Navy for fishing near the Andaman and Nicobar islands, which are Indian territories.

After being released from prison, the fishermen had to stay in a rehabilitation camp before they were repatriated by the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement following bilateral negotiations.

Mining companies in Techileik pay over Ks 290 million for ruined village farmland

Mining companies in Techileik have had to pay a total of Ks 290 million to compensate villagers for their ruined farmlands over the last three years, according to the Mining Businesspeople’s Association of Shan State (East).

From December 2012 until the end of September 2015, mining companies paid the compensation at the instruction of the Mining Businesspeople’s Association of Shan State (East).

Fake NLD news distributed Wetlet Township

WETLET—Leaflets and VCDs containing false news on the National League for Democracy (NLD) and its chairperson have been distributed in Wetlet Township, Saging Region. The materials make untrue claims about the party’s policies regarding Myanmar Muslims. 
The Wetlet NLD chapter has reported the incident to the Union Election Commission (UEC).