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Suu Kyi to campaign in Thanlyin

The National League for Democracy’s chairperson Aung San Suu Kyi is due to hold a rally in Thanlyin, Yangon Region.

Suu Kyi submitted her candidate registration on July 29 for a Lower House seat in Kawhmu Township, southern Yangon, and the scrutiny process is due to be carried out today (Friday).

She is due in Thanlyin at 3pm for the process and then will hold an election rally.

Election commission branches should have conducted scrutiny procedures on all candidates by August 27.

Security tightened on Thai border

After the August 17 Bangkok bomb, the Myawaddy-Mae Sot border has seen a fewer travellers and stricter security forces at both ends, reports say.

“The Myanmar nationals returning from Bangkok have fallen, maybe because of the heightened security,” said a police officer at the Myawaddy Friendship Bridge.

“The vehicles to Thailand have been inspected more thoroughly than before,” said a Myanmar expat in Mae Sot.

Red Cross calls for crisis flood fund

YANGON – The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is planning to provide aid, including vocational training, in flood-hit regions through an emergency fund.

It is asking for a US$4.1-million emergency fund to provide relief and rehabilitation aid to Magway and Sagaing regions and Chin States.

Hlaingthaya MP demands more police

Hlaingthaya Township, on the outskirts of Yangon with a population of nearly 700,000, lacks security and its MP, Kyaw Myo, has called on the Yangon Region parliament to increase the police budget.

He said current police numbers were inadequate and called for urgent action.

Embassy warns migrants to avoid central Bangkok

The Myanmar Embassy in Thailand has warned its citizens to avoid 10 possible bomb targets, which includes most central areas of Bangkok.

It said migrant workers, civil servants studying at Thai universities with the government’s programme, students studying in Thailand, visitors and health tourists should avoid sites listed by the Thai government.

Man charged under five sections appears in court

A man charged with swearing and defaming religion in front of a police station appeared at the Sangyoung Township court in Yangon on Tuesday.

The head of the Sangyoung Township Police station said: “The accused is remanded in custody at today’s court appearance. The court will start interrogating him on September 1. He appeared at the court as he is in good health. Currently, he is being kept in Insein Prison. He has been charged under five sections, including the defamation charge.”

NLD unconcerned over hacking of Lower House email server

The National Leagues for Democracy is not worried for its MPs amid rumours of hackers revealing the personal affairs of MPs that are obtained from their emails, according to Kyi Toe from the NLD.

Students on trial for opposing military seats in parliament

Zeyar Lwin and Paing Ye Thu, members of the University Students Union (also called Ta-Ka-Tha), appeared for the fourth time at Kyauktada Township court in Yangon yesterday, where they are being tried for leading a protest demanding constitutional amendments and the abolishment of the 25 per cent of parliamentary seats reserved for military appointees.

The students were charged under Section 18 of the Peaceful Assembly and Procession Law and Section 505(b) of the Penal Code.

MP calls to stop regular parliamentary sessions

Thein Tun, a member of the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) representing Kyaunggon Constituency in Ayeyawady Region, submitted an urgent proposal to adjourn regular parliamentary sessions to the Lower House on August 18.

The MP submitted the proposal to allow other MPs to return to areas that were stricken by natural disasters over the last three months and in order to prepare for the election, which will be held on November 8.

Farmer activist released from prison

YANGON – Su Su Nway, Chairman of the Myanmar Farmers’ Union, was sentenced yesterday to 15 days in prison with hard labour by the Bago Township court. However, she was released because she had already been detained by police for more than 20 days while awaiting her trial.

Su Su Nway was sued for trespassing by Captain Hein Zaw from No 1 Ordnance Maintenance Platoon Unit in Bago Region in early July.