Authorities ban swimming in Ngwesaung Beach


Authorities have banned swimming at Ngwesaung Beach during the rainy season due to high tides. However, vacationers are still coming to the beach, sources said.

Backpack factory workers stage protest


Around 1,000 workers from World Wide Value backpack factory have been staging a sit-in protest in the Shwelinpan Industrial Zone in Hlaingtharyar Township in Yangon, demanding 13 points, including a pay increase and workers’ rights.

Officials from the factory failed to satisfy workers’ demands, though protest leaders negotiated with them.

Ethnic minorities share information on deforestation


The average annual rate of deforestation is nearly 600,000 acres, and deforestation rates in the forested areas re higher than that in non-forested areas, said Tin Tun, director of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation, at a workshop on knowledge-sharing among ethnic minority groups in programme to reduce emissions and deforestation in Asia. The workshop was held at the Horizon Lake View Hotel in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.

Local govt to form 10-household groups to curb dengue in Ayeyawady Region


The Public Health Department will form 10-household groups to control outbreaks of dengue fever in Ayeyawady Region, according to an official.

This move came after a coordination meeting on the prevention and control against dengue fever.

Garment factory workers protest over claimed unfair dismissals

More than 600 sacked garment factory workers staged a protest on Sunday to demand their employer reinstate them.

The workers, from Honeys Garment Factory (1) in Zaygabar compound, Mingaladon Township, claimed that they were fired following a dispute with the company over unreasonable working conditions.

Rains fill the lakes in Pakkoku region to replenish drinking water

Heavy rains from the second week of June have filled the lakes in Pakkoko region in central  Myanmar to provide enough drinking water for residents.

 The villages in Pakkoku had experienced shortages of drinking water since March.

“Lakes in our village were hit hard during the dry spell that started in April,” said Nyunt Lwin, of  Myauklukan village.

“We had to buy fresh water for drinking and cooking. Then in mid May, the rains started and we got water in our lakes. This year is better than the previous one.”

Kyauktada office robbed in broad daylight


UPDATE: Two suspects, Myat Thiha Htun and Zwe Man Oo, have been found guilty. The two friends cofessed that they had ran into some financial difficulties lately and decided to rob MK Travel & Tour at a time when they knew Poe Pwint Phyu to be alone. Myat Thiha Htun used to work for the company.

Floods hit Hpakant Township


Four low-lying wards in Hpakant Township and three wards in Lonekhin village-tract were flooded due to heavy downpours.

On June 17, heavy rains hit Hpakant. Flood waters receded quickly, even though a rain-triggered flood hit the township on June 16.

Monywa residents oppose notorious Section 66(D)

More than 100 people, including journalists, staged a protest march in cooperation with civil organizations calling for the amendment of the controversial Section 66(D) of the Telecommunications Law in Monywa Township, Sagaing Region, yesterday.

The protest was held with the permission of the Monywa Township police station.

Black box of crashed military transport plane recovered


Search and rescue teams recovered several parts of the Y-8 military transport plane that crashed earlier this month, including the tail and the “black box”, which is made up of a flight data recorder and a cockpit voice recorder, from the sea yesterday, the Commander-in-Chief’s Office announced