Petition for death sentence to child rapists to seek 300,000 signatures

The petition to back death penalty for rape and murder cases including child rapes will continue until 300,000 signatures are received.

A ceremony to collect public signatures took place for the second time in front of Pinlon Market in Hlinethaya Township, Yangon Region, on March 4.

Gov’t plans three hydropower projects in Sagaing region


$380 million earmarked for national HIV eradication project


The Ministry of Health and Sports is planning to spend US$380 million (508.1 billion kyat) for a project to make a big dent in HIV nationally, in cooperation with other donor organizations.

The National HIV Eradication Strategic Project (2016-2020) honours a political pledge and is intended to build on the success of the National Strategic Project-2.

Agricultural sector contributes to 30 pc of GDP


The socio-economic status of most farmers remains low even though the agricultural sector accounts for about 30 per cent of the GDP, President U Htin Kyaw said in his message to the ceremony to mark the Peasants’ Day which falls on March 2.

More suspects arrested over Sittwe bomb blasts

The number of suspects arrested in connection with the Sittwe bomb blasts has reached nine, according to the police.

On the morning of February 24, the bomb blasts occurred in front of Land Records Department Office, near Rakhine State High Court and in the back of Secretary of Rakhine State government Tin Maung Swe’s house. The security members could defuse three unexploded hand-made bombs.

Violence against the women increases in Kalay Township

KALAY- The rate of violence against the women already increased in Kalay Township, Sagaing Region, comparing previous years, according to Lu Lu San, an official from Dawn Action on Women’s Network (DAWN).

Vehicles carrying stones and sand destroy roads near Gaw Yan Gyi Island

PATHEIN- Due to drive of vehicles carrying sand and stones, rural roads in Kywechaing and Nanthapu villages near Gaw Yan Gyi Island are being destroyed, according to the locals.
Government is now planning to implement a community-based tourism project on Gaw Yan Gyi Island in Ngayokekaung in Ngaputaw Township, Ayeyawady Region.
However, some locals and entrepreneurs are now doing illegal sand digging and stone production on the mountains and sand banks near Gaw Yan Gyi Island and their works caused damage of rural roads.

Construction Ministry to conduct surprise checks

With the aim of having transparency and reducing corruption, the Construction Ministry plans to conduct surprise checks on construction work and check standardisations, in cooperation with resident representatives of the Construction Sector Transparency Initiative, said its deputy minister Kyaw Lin at the session of Union Parliament on February 26. 

48pc of prisoners linked to narcotic drugs

The total number of prisoners in Myanmar has reached between 60,000 and 80,000. About 48 per cent of them are serving prison terms due to the use of a narcotic drug, or other drug-related reasons, according to the new National Drug Control Policy. 
About 70 to 80 per cent of prisoners in Myitkyina and Lashio are drug users. This may cause a heavy burden to finance and management of prisons, the new policy says. 

Four suspects remanded over Sittwe bomb blasts

Four people suspected of Sittwe bomb blasts were remanded at Sittwe Township court on February 26.