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Proposal to draft law to protect Shwedagon rejected

Yangon Region parliament member Nyo Nyo Thin, who represents Bahan Constituency, proposed that the Yangon Region government draft a law to protect Shwedagon Pagoda from damage caused by nearby construction during the parliament session on June 11. However, the proposal was rejected.

Two education activists hospitalised

Two activists detained at Thayawady Prison in Bago Region were hospitalised at Yangon General Hospital for internal injuries they sustained in custody.

The two activists receiving treatment are Khin Hlaing, 26, and Tin Win, 40. They were arrested on March 10, when the student protest in Letpadan was broken up by police.

Education activists make fifth court appearance

Eleven activists who participated in the Letpadan protest earlier this year to demand amendments to the National Education Law were brought to their fifth trial session on June 10.

The 11 people were arrested for donating food to student protesters. They were granted bail and summoned to the Thayawady Township court every week for their trial.

Inle Lake designated Unesco World Heritage Site

Inle Lake, one of Myanmar’s top tourist destinations, was designated as the country’s first biosphere reserve at the 27th Man and the Biosphere (MAB) International Coordinating Council (ICC) meeting, held at the Unesco Headquarters in Paris on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Unesco MAB programme is an intergovernmental scientific program that aims to establish a scientific basis for the improvement of relationships between people and their environments.

Myeik struggles with dengue outbreak

Tanintharyi Region’s capital Myeik has seen a high number of dengue fever cases and the children’s hospital is struggling to cope.

Many under-16s have been admitted with dengue fever that has reappeared with the start of the monsoon, affecting urban and rural children.

Yangon City area to expand

The area of Yangon City will be expanded in seven places, adding over 100,000 acres to its area, according to Mayor Hla Myint.

The mayor revealed the plan while submitting the “’Yangon City Development Strategy 2040’ to the Yangon Region parliament yesterday.

Myanmar’s commercial city will be expanded in seven steps in order of priority:

1) 17,375 acres east of Yangon;

2) 21,716 acres to the south-west;

BRT line to launch in Yangon

The Yangon Bus Line Public Company will begin operations with Ks 25 billion (US$25 million) in capital.

The government will contribute Ks 10 billion, and the private sector will put up the remaining Ks 15 billion. Shwethanlwin, Shwetaung Group, Diamond Star, Zeya & Associates and Fishery and Marine Products 2000 will each hold a Ks-2 billion share, and the remaining Ks 5 billion-worth of shares will be sold to the public.

Yayku project to resume

Director Zaw Than Thin of the Union Government Office has told the Union Parliament that the old Yayku broadcasting station project in Yangon will resume as planned so as to not damage the interests of the nation.

Myitkyina District court charges Chinese timber smugglers under Public Property Protection Act

MYITKYINA – The court in Myitkyina District, Kachin State, charged 85 Chinese timber smugglers under the Public Property Protection Act. The law carries a sentence of at least 10 years in prison. A total of 155 Chinese nationals were initially arrested for timber smuggling in Waingmaw Township, Kachin State, in early 2015.
 
The 85 Chinese citizens were brought to the Myitkyina District court from the Has Done Township Police Station on June 9.

Local security a major challenge to resettlement of Kachin refugees, says KIO

Restoring local security is a major challenge to resettling Kachin war refugees, said Zaw Taung, the leader of the Kachin Independence Organisation (KIO) conflict resolution team.
 
More than 100,000 residents of Kachin State remain in refugee camps since fighting between the government army and Kachin Independence Army (KIA) resumed in Kachin State in 2011 after a 17-year ceasefire.