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Farmer activist released from prison

YANGON – Su Su Nway, Chairman of the Myanmar Farmers’ Union, was sentenced yesterday to 15 days in prison with hard labour by the Bago Township court. However, she was released because she had already been detained by police for more than 20 days while awaiting her trial.

Su Su Nway was sued for trespassing by Captain Hein Zaw from No 1 Ordnance Maintenance Platoon Unit in Bago Region in early July.

Black Ribbon Movement opposes militarisation of Health Department

The Black Ribbon Movement of Myanmar (BRMM) responded to a statement made by deputy permanent secretary Sein Win of the Ministry of Health, in which he said the appointment of several former defence ministry officials to posts in the Ministry of Health was to promote cooperation, not control, in providing relief to flood victims in remote areas.

In remote areas, there are very few doctors to go these places, so these appointments had to be made, Sein Win said.

MP questions Yangon Mayor on commercial buildings in public spaces

MP NyoNyo Thin of Bahan Township asked Yangon mayor Hla Myint on the effectiveness of increasing the number of commercial buildings within public areas and whether there are plans for the city council to reduce the amount of such buildings in the coming fiscal year.

USDP explains Thein Sein’s visit to party headquarters

President Thein Sein visited the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP)’s headquarters to explain to the MPs about theparty’s recent transfer of its joint chairmanship. The president did not attend the party’s meeting, so his visit was in line with the constitution, the USDP’s central secretaries told the media yesterday.

The party’s central secretaries Pike Htwe, Than Tun, and Dr MaungMaungHtay met with the press to talk about the president’s visit to the headquarters yesterday.

NLD candidates instructed not to give bio-data

The National League for Democracy (NLD) has instructed its selected candidates not to give their biographical data to SB (Special Branch) police when they are asked to do so, said senior NLD staffer Win Htein.

“They have been asked to do so. If the SB police wants it, they can ask the election commission. We provided their bio-data to the commission. They can ask there. If they want it from us, they can request it at the NLD headquarters. It will provide information,” Win Htein said.

Firemen injured in downtown Yangon fire

Several firemen were injured after a fire broke out on Konzaytan Street in downtown Yangon yesterday evening.

The fire was caused by children’s toy that was charging at the Kindo Purified Water and Home Appliances store on Konezaytan Road in Pabedan Township at 5:50pm. The fire spread to a store that sold several varieties of paint.

Thailand donates relief aid to flood victims

Thailand has donated between 200 and 300 tonnes of food and other relief aid to flood victims in Myanmar via the Myawady border crossing on Saturday.

The Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Thai royal grandchild and other donors contacted officials from Myawady district and the Myawady Border Traders Association’s chairman via the Tak Province administrator to transfer the donated items to the Myanmar government.

Tatmadaw will not attack ethnic armed groups

Tatmadaw, Myanmar's armed forces, announced it has had no intention of launching military operations against ethnic armed organisations, except in the event of encroachments on its territory. The announcement was part of a letter in which President Thein Sein invited all ethnic armed organisations to participate in the signing of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA).

Mandalay-Myitkyina Railway scheduled to resume today

The Mandalay-Myitkyina Railway is scheduled to resume operations on August 17, according to a Station Officer at the Mandalay Railway Station. They had previously been suspended due to flooding.

Tickets are available at the Mandalay Railway Station on August 17.

“In recent days, we started with the plying of freight trains as a test run of the railroad. Starting today, there will be regular train services to Mandalay and Myitkyina, and we are going to sell railway tickets on August 17,” said the Station Officer.

Inaccurate maps hinder land development

Despite the availability of many acres of virgin land, people in Myanmar face difficulty using new farmlands because of errors in land mapping and land grabbing issues, said said Tin Htut Oo, the economic advisor for the President’s Office, on August 15.