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Myanmar plans to send workers to Middle East and Taiwan

Myanmar is planning to send workers to Middle Eastern countries including United Arab Emirates and Qatar, as well as to Taiwan, in the coming financial years, said Minister for Labour, Immigration and Population Thein Swe during a meeting about workers’ affairs said.

He said the ministry would implement a plan to find local and overseas opportunities to buy necessary equipment to train about 5,000 skilled workers for vocational training, and to open more vocational training schools and pre-departure training for respective countries.

Two men surrender to police following Mingala Taungnyunt racial incident

Two out of a number of people who were branded as fugitives following the Mingala Taungnyunt racial conflicts on May 9 are now in prison, according to Yangon Regional Police.

Tin Lin Htike and Tin Htay Aung turned themselves in at the township’s police station on Monday.

The police reportedly promptly processed them and sent them to Insein Prison.

Warrants were issued for seven individuals, including five civilians and two monks. The rest of the fugitives are still at large.

Authorities crack down on jade scavengers in Kani

Kani: Authorities have imposed Section 143 of the Penal Code in mining areas of Kani on Monday in a move to clear out jade scavengers.

The announcement was made by Kani township general administrative office, which said jade scavengers were living illegally in Nansibon and Makyankha mines, trespassing in groups to search for jade and other valuable items, as well as urging people to rob and destroy property.

Operators of Illegal cargo-loading trucks to be punished

Container trucks disregard rules by uploading cargo haphazardly along streets, the minister for agriculture, livestock, forestry and energy said at a regular parliamentary meeting on Monday, as he announced a crackdown.

Ahlone Township MP New New Win raised the question during the Yangon Region Parliament at which Minister Han Tun said plans were already underway to punish trucks above three tonnes that illegally load and unload cargo.

Sittwe residents demand resignation of Rakhine Parliament speaker over land grab

About 100 residents and farmers in Sittwe, Rakhine State, demonstrated on Monday, demanding the resignation of the Speaker of Rakhine State Parliament and the return of their confiscated land.

The current Rakhine State government members, the parliament speaker, departmental heads, cities elders and businessmen took the confiscated lands proportionally, according to the protesters.

Myanmar workers have rights violated and face discrimination in Thailand: AAC

YANGON: Some Myanmar workers with factory jobs in Thailand under a memorandum of understanding (MoU) have had their labour rights violated, have not been paid and face discrimination, with some being sacked for no reason, according to the Thailand-based Aid Alliance Committee (AAC).

Since the beginning of May, hundreds of Myanmar workers at factories and workshops in Thailand faced dismissal, were not paid, or were suspended from their jobs without reason.

Rehabilitation work needed in Kani

Kani – Rehabilitation work is needed in Kani township, Sagaing region, where series of strong winds blew in May.

“Locals from Kani have been affected by strong winds recently and we need help to organise rescue and rehabilitation operations urgently from the government. The regional government provided aid as much as they can, but it is not enough for the rehabilitation work,” said MP Tun Tun Naing of Kani Constituency.

Inle lake drying up

One of the country’s premier tourist attractions, the Inle lake, has begun to shrink and some parts of the area are no longer accessible due to less water.

It all started in late March and during the month of May, the temperature gradually increased, causing the water level in Inle lake to decrease.

Moe Swe from Namt Hue village said, “as the temperature is rising, water evaporates more quickly. As there is less water, transporting of commodities becomes more difficult.”

Traffic control center in operation

A new traffic control center launched operations yesterday, according to Colonel Tin Aung Tun, the Yangon Region Minister for Security and Border Affairs, at the regional parliamentary session.

The traffic control center is located near the Planetarium in the compound of the People’s Squares in Yangon. We have assigned duties to six police members, 12 traffic police members and company staff there.”

The traffic control center is aimed at controlling and monitoring the traffic lights in the Yangon.

10 townships picked for free diabetes treatment

The Ministry of Health and Sports will give free medical treatment to patients with diabetes in 10 townships in Yangon, Mandalay, Nay Pyi Taw, Bago and Mon, said Professor Dr Ko Ko of the Diabetics and Hormone Specialist Department.