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U Pain Bridge to be renovated

The Mandalay regional government is planning to refurbish the 166-year-old U Pain Bridge due to structural deterioration.

"As the bridge is old and aging, it has started dangerously decaying," Mandalay Finance and Revenue Minister Myint Kyu said. "We are drafting now for major renovation work on the bridge. Specific details will be released this week.

"We will submit the draft to the regional government, and we will be holding a press conference as well. Public suggestions are welcome."

Solar Impulse 2 aircraft to arrive Myanmar

The Solar Impulse 2 aircraft will arrive in Myanmar on March 19 and will in Mandalay for three days, according to Ministry of Transport.

The Solar Impulse 2 aircraft has been marketed as the only airplane of perpetual endurance, able to fly day and night on solar power without a drop of fuel.

Police sue Letpadan residents who supported students

Police are suing nine residents of Letpadan Township in Bago Region for leading a protest of 200 in support of the main boycott student column that authorities surrounded and then violently cracked down on more than a week ago.

"A total of 12 people are to face a charge for illegal protest under Section 18 of the Peaceful Assembly and Procession Law," Letpadan Township police officer Win Zaw said. "Our police station has lodged a complaint with the township court to sue nine of them, as the rest are still at large. The search is on for them."

Nine farmers charged with land disputes released

The Nattalin Township court ordered the release of nine farmers from villages in Bago Region on March 16, after they were found not guilty of charges filed by the Myanmar Army, according to lawyer Ye Lin, who represents the farmers.

Myanmar and China hold emergency meeting

Myanmar's Chief Counsellor and Wang Wai, the Deputy Director of Foreign Affairs for Yunnan Province, met on March 15 to discuss the bombing on Chinese soil that killed five Chinese citizens, according to CCTV.com.

The deputy director said China has provided humanitarian aid to northern Myanmar since the fighting broke out. He pointed out that border areas in China have been faced casualties and financial losses.

Injured monks to sue government

A local resident is suing the Minister of Home Affairs and the police chief of Myanmar Police Force on behalf of two monks seriously injured more than two years ago in the Letpadaungtaung copper mine crackdown, according to lawyer Aung Thein.

Nay Thiha filed the lawsuit at the Sarlingyi Myoma Police Force office on March 11. The two monks were burned on November 29, 2012 while protesting the planned expansion of the mine.

Government trying to divide students: USU

The University Students' Union (USU) is demanding  that the government stop trying to divide the movement protesting the National Education Law and release all students and their supporters who have been arrested.

The government is showing the USU preferential treatment over the All Burma Federation of Student Unions (ABFSU), Zayar Lwin, of the Democracy Education Initiative Committee (DEIC), said during a meeting on Monday. USU members attending the meeting wore black armbands in protest over the continued detention of ABFSU students.

Families prevented from meeting jailed protesters

A week after authorities arrested them in a violent crackdown in Letpadan, scores of student protesters and local residents who supported them in demonstrations against the National Education Law are still unable to visit their concerned families.

At least one student reportedly became ill. Student leader Min Thway Thit has now recovered, says his mother, Khin Khin.

Death toll in Rakhine ferry sinking rises to 55

The death toll has now risen to 55 after 19 more bodies were pulled today morning from the Naungtaw River where the Aungtakun-3 ferry sank at around 7pm on March 13 in Rakhine State, according to the state government.

"The bodies found are decayed. We are working together in search and rescue efforts with other officials from Kyaukphyu District Administration and the navy base there. I also took part in moving the bodies," said Police Colonel Bo Bo Oo from the Rakhine state.

Govt plans to release more detained students

The government plans to release more students who are being detained in Thayawady Prison over the Letpadan clash, says Police Col Win Sein from Bago Region.