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Notorious telecoms law “under discussion”, says communications chief

Talks are being held over people who have been targeted by the notorious telecoms law 66(d), according to Soe Thein, director-general of the Ministry of Transport and Communications.

He told a press conference on Monday that the controversial law 66(d) said a lot of the issues  revolving around the law concerned hate speech, something the legislation was not equipped to deal with.

Permanent Secretary Win Khant said it was a special law initially designed to facilitate developments within the telecommunications sector.

Illegal mining is ongoing in Hpakant

Illegal jade mining and dumping is ongoing  in Uru Creek of jade-rich Hpakant Township though Kachin State’s chief minister recently said no waste dumping was allowed near the creek to prevent environmental damage, said MP Dharchi Lasai for Hpakant Constituency-2.

Kachin State’s chief minister Dr Khet Aung met gems miners in April in Hpakant and told them not to dump waste near the creek. Jade companies are also officially banned from mining within 300 feet from the creek.

Rebels show interest in ceasefire

Fourteen ethnic armed organisations issued a joint statement on April 9 pledging to work toward a ceasefire.
 

Parliaments still weak at lawmaking

State and regional parliaments are still weak at passing laws, according to the Myanmar Centre to Empower Regional Parliaments.
 

Electoral rules need change: activist

To make the 2020 elections more democratic the electoral rules need to be reformed, according to the People’s Alliance for Credible Elections (PACE).
 

Investigation report on former Magway chief minister still in the hands of President Office

Tin Myint, the permanent secretary of the Home Affairs Ministry said the facts about an investigation into the case against former Magway Region chief minister Phone Maw Shwe has been sent to the President’s Office. 

On April 10, the Home Affairs Ministry held a press conference on the government’s one year in office. 

Yangon govt drafts master plan for power supply in industrial zones

Nilar Kyaw, Yangon Region Minister for Electricity, Industry and Transportation said the region’s government is drafting a master plan for full power supply in industrial zones. 

Two prisoners escape from Pyinmana

Two convicted thieves escaped from Pyinmana prison, Nay Pyi Taw, on April 8, sources said.

Four out of 49 prisoners were out of their cells to clean the building when the authorities found that two, Ngwe Thein aka Nyi Nyi and Win Kyaw Htike, were missing. They escaped by climbing a wall to the prison roof.

“It is negligence of the sentry. They shouldn’t let them out of their cells. We will take action against the guards who were on duty at the time,” said Colonel Zaw Khin Aung of Nay Pyi Taw police.

KNU re-elects chairman

The Karen National Union (KNU) has re-elected its current chairman 

Govt prevents landmine clearance

In first four months of 2017, more than 100 landmine blasts have injured several people, says