Loose screws cause Pathein suspension bridge to dip

The Pathein Suspension Bridge, one of the main points of entry to and exit from Pathein, was temporarily closed yesterday due to the discovery of loose screws on the bridge, which caused part of the bridge to sink by about four inches.

The bridge came unaligned yesterday morning when the screws connecting the main part of the bridge to the attachment leading to the Nhee Pagoda bank came loose.

Stray dog sympathiser sued over dog bite incident

A woman in Khin Oo Township, Shwebo District, has sued a neighbor who takes care of stray dogs after the former’s son was bitten by a dog.

Okkar Aung, 9, was attacked by a stray dog yesterday morning. His wounds required 10 stitches.

The boy’s mother sued Moe Moe, a well-known local benefactor of stray dogs and other animals, as well as her husband, under Section 328 of the penal code for causing harm or having intent to cause harm or offence by means of poison.

Diversion weirs installed to prevent embankment erosion in Magway Region

The Water Resources and Creeks Development Department of Magway Region, under the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation, is building diversion weirs across the regions rivers to protect villages from eroding embankments and floods. The weirs are being built at a cost of nearly Ks 1.5 billion, which will be taken from the Special Find of Magway Region.

The villages in question flooded twice in 2015, leading some to be relocated. However, some villagers cannot move due to their current proximity to their farmlands.

Myanmar embassy rescues over 5,000 citizens from Malaysian detention centres

The Myanmar embassy in Malaysia rescued and repatriated 5,255 citizens from detention centres in the course of eight months, according to an announcement from the embassy.

The rescued Myanmar nationals were detained by Malaysian authorities for overstaying, illegal entry and breaking rules and regulations at 11 detention centres.

YGH staff doubles following capacity upgrade

Health authorities nearly doubled the staff of the Yangon General Hospital (YGH) since it was upgraded to 2,000-bed hospital.

At the present, about 300 and 500 patients are admitted to the hospital’s Out Patient Department daily, and about 1,700 in-house patients are given treatment every day. The YGH was upgraded from 1,500-bed hospital to a 2,000-bed hospital on January 1, 2016.

Long-awaited Yangon BRT system opens

Yangon’s first-ever Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system was commissioned into service yesterday with 18 newly-imported vehicles.

Dr Maung Aung, chairperson of the Yangon Bus Line Public Company, said: “Currently, we cannot focus on huge profits. For the sustainable development of the BRT system, we have to run it as a public company. We worry that it would collapse in a short period of time, like the road transport department, if the BRT system were to be operated by the government.”

Toungoo residents protest against Kaung Myanmar Aung Co land grabs

Residents of Taungoo Township, Bago Region, staged a protest demanding that Kaung Myanmar Aung Co, owned by Co-operative Bank chairman Khin Maung Aye, drop charges against local people, pay compensation and return farmland seized from residents of Ngagarmauk Village.

The protesters marched through the town, chanting and carrying placards at about 10am on February 7 and ended the march around noon.

Namhsan fire ravages entire quarter

A huge fire has destroyed more than 280 houses in the centre of Namhsan, Palaung Self-Administered Zone in northern Shan State.

It started in Khaing Thit Sar wholesale centre in Mingalar ward and burned for nearly 17 hours.

“We knew we needed a fire plan for the town but we have never experienced anything like that," said Kyar Te from Development Auxiliary Committee in Namhsan Township.

Suu Kyi threatened on Facebook

No case has been opened against a Facebook user who posted that he wanted to kill chairperson of the National League for Democracy Aung San Suu Kyi, Major Myin Lwin Than, head of South Okkalapa township police, told the Daily Eleven.

“No order from above has been received about this case. And no suit has been filed against him,” Myin Lwin Than said. 

Two fires erupt on same day

Huge fires destroyed nearly 200 homes on February 4 in Labutta Township, Ayeyawady Region, while Namhsan, northern Shan State, suffered similar levels of damage.

It started at around 8:15pm and was not under control until the following noon, residents said.

“The fire is still burning. It’s the biggest one I’ve seen. Nearly all the houses were burned down along the Kanna Road in the township. It’s very bad,” said resident Sithu Minn.

In Namhsan another huge fire destroyed around 200 houses between 1pm and 8pm.