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Ks 900 million in contraband declared public property

The court has declared Ks 900 million (US$900,000) worth of illegally imported goods seized from a warehouse owned by Premium Food Service Products to be public property.

In December 2013, a mobile inspection team examined the warehouse and found evidence that alcohol and frozen food found on the premises had been smuggled. More than 87,600 bottles of expensive wine and 1,300 bottles of other alcoholic beverages were confiscated.

Fires incidents increase in Yangon high-rises

In the last few years, the frequency of fire incidents has increased in Yangon’s high-rise buildings.Most of the fires were started by electrical wires, according to Thaw Tar, deputy director of the Yangon Fire Brigade.

“In Yangon, firesbreak out mostly in apartments. Most of the fires were due to electric wire failure. People should use quality [wires]and change them when they are worn out. [Old wires] should not be repaired. Fire extinguishers should be placed where they are easy to reach,” said Thaw Tar.

150 refugees reunited with families

LASHIO – Around 150 people who were trapped in China by the clashes in northern Myanmar and lost contact with their families have now been included on the list of returnees to Lashio.

The Myanmar Red Cross family re-connecting unit opened in Lashio to repatriate people who fled clashes in Laukkaing, Konkyan, Mawdike and Chinshwehaw.

EMG donates cash to 2 elderly women

The Eleven Media Group (EMG) yesterday donated Ks 500,000 (nearly US$ 500) each to two elderly women - one was imprisoned and another is being charged under the Municipal Act Section 27.

Mi Mi Than, a judge from Nay Pyi Taw City Development Court, on February 27 sentenced Tin Hlaing, an 88-year-old woman to one month in prison for violating Section 26 in Nay Pyi Taw Council Region that is directly administered by the President. Moreover, she also charged Daw Nyo, aged 82, under Section 27.

Humanitarian aid urged for war refugees

The Myanmar National Human Rights Commission (MHRC) released an announcement on February 27 urging local and foreign NGOs to provide humanitarian assistance to war refugees from Laukkai.

MHRC also said it is distressing to hear that both sides have suffered heavy casualties since the fighting erupted between the Myanmar army and Kokang insurgents on February 9. It called on both sides to refrain from endangering people lives and properties.

Japanese couple’s money stolen from hotel room

A Japanese couple staying at Shangri-La Residence Hotel in Mingala Taungnyunt Township filed a complaint at the local police station on March 1 after their money (dollars) was stolen from their room, according to the police.

The couple came to Myanmar with business visa and has been staying at the hotel since June. Both went out in the morning of 27 December and came back to the hotel at about 7 p.m. But they noticed on the morning of 28 December that US$1,200 was not in the safety box.

KBC: villagers not involved in murder of Kachin teachers

The Kachin Baptist Convention (KBC) issued a statement on February 28 denying that local villagers were involved in the rape and murder of two Kachin teachers in Kaungkhar village, Pan Sai Township of Northern Shan State on January 19.

The KBC’s report also stated that a 15-member investigating team found that the villagers living in Kaungkhar village were not involved in the rape and murder case.

Students' Boycott postpones their march to Yangon

Students protesting against the education reform bill have decided to postpone the march to Yangon for one day (March 1) because of the nationwide final examinations, said Thiha Win Tin, a student leader.

But she vowed to continue the protest march on March 2.

Students warned against march on Yangon

The Ministry of Home Affairs says legal actions will be taken if students continue protesting while the national education amendment bill is processing through Parliament.   

Four-party talks involving the government, MPs, the students’ Committee for Democracy Education Movement (CDEM) and the National Network for Education Reform (NNER) resulted in the amendment bill for the National Education Law that is now being discussed in Parliament. 

Stop paying bribes, Suu Kyi tells rally

People should not tolerate state corruption and refuse to pay bribes, said Aung San Suu Kyi, the chairperson of the National League for Democracy.

 She was speaking in Danubyu on her way to Hinthada to attend the ceremony of the centenary birthday of her father, Bogyoke Aung San.

“The road to Danubyu via Yangon is better than it was in the past, but it is not quite smooth. Likewise, Myanmar’s reforms have reached a democratic path, but it is not smooth yet,” Suu Kyi said.