Thai employer refuses pay, threatens with gun


On December 4, around 200 disgruntled Myanmar workers demanding overtime payment from their Thai boss was turned away at gunpoint.

The workers from a Tha Kham, a town in Southern Thailand, reported the incident to the Thai authorities that on top of having to work 10 hours per day and threatened with a firearm, they also suffered physical abuse from lackeys of the boss.

Mandalay’s Taungthaman Lake receives fewer visitors


Although the number of tourists to the Taungthaman Lake in Mandalay Region is rising, the current figure is still smaller than that of the same period last year, sources say.

The region’s famous tourist destination had welcomed around 800 foreign visitors daily since October, but it still could not match the previous year’s number yet, said Soe Win, chairman of the Taungthaman Boat Association.

“The travel season coincides with the Bengali issue [in Rakhine State]. We had many cancellations in September. But the number is climbing these months.”

Locals gather crude oil leaked from Chauk pipeline

Chauk – Locals gathered crude oil leaked from a pipeline that became disconnected from its joint in Chauk on December 5 as authorities rushed to clean it up to prevent a fire, according to local sources.
The authorities seized the crude oil from the locals, while firefighters, policemen and staff from the Chauk oil field cleaned the spill.

One killed in traffic accident on Magway-Yenangyaung road

A 12-wheeled truck carrying timber and gunny sacks containing chaff skidded and hit a concrete post owned by MPT, then plunged into a ravine beside Daungnay bridge on Magway-Yenangyaung road after crashing into 15 concrete posts on December 5, killing one woman, according to police sources.

School for orphans burns down in Bago

PYAY- A residential Charity School, with 125 primary students including orphans already facing difficulty in learning, has burnt down in Thinkhayaing village, Gyobingauk Township, Thayawady District, Bago (West).
The fire happened about 5pm of December 5  due to faulty solar batteries, according to the Fire Services Department in Gyobingauk.

MP attacks ‘smelly’ rubber mills

An MP has told the Mon State parliament that “smelly” rubber mills are still operating despite parliament’s approval for them to be moved.
Mya Theingi Maw, representing Mudon Township, said on December 4: “My proposal for moving the mills that are discharging sewage with awful smells was approved in the parliament. But when I saw the mills, they were still running and even preparing for expansion.”

Hlaing Campus wing reopens

The Hlaing Wing of Yangon University, previously known as RC-2, has reopened after 20 years of closure.

More than 1,000 freshmen year students will be attending classes for the 2017-2018 academic years in that wing.

According to an official from the ministry of education, the Hlaing wing was pulled back into the fray as the university needed to accommodate more students, particularly first-year students enrolling in sciences and arts, despite the lack of necessary facilities.

Four civilians being allowed to keep weapons in Shan

Four civilians, including former Lt-General Aung Than Htut and KBZ bank owner Aung Ko Win, are being allowed to keep weapons in Shan State, said Colonel Naing Win Aung, the state minister for security and border affairs during a state parliament session held on December 4.

He replied to a question raised by MP Nyi Nyi aka Nyi Lay Chan of No.2 Pindaya Constituency about whether civilians are officially allowed to keep weapons.

Police warn about acts of terror in Rakhine

The Rakhine State Police Force has warned that extremists may attempt to attack roads, bridges and other targets in the state’s north.

They also asked the public to report anybody seen behaving suspiciously.

“Information on the terrorists’ arrival will be set up in public areas of Sittwe, Buthidaung, Maungdaw and Yathedaung Townships. We heard that the terrorists would make destructive acts in Rakhine State.

‘Aircraft component’ drops on house

A component of an aircraft was accidently dropped on a house in Pathein, Ayeyawady region on December 3, the resident said.

Thet Oo, the house owner, said he heard a loud bang around 6pm and he and his wife then saw a white object on the roof of the kitchen. He went into his house and saw that the object has penetrated the galvanized iron sheeting.

He used a bamboo pole to make the item fall to the ground, and assumed that it was a component from an aircraft.