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Govt rejects China’s request for timber-based industrial zone in Myanmar

The Myanmar government has rejected China’s requests to purchase timber in log form under a tender system and to build a timber-based industrial zone in Myanmar, said Khin Maung Yi, the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry.

Rumours have circulated recently about Myanmar signing an MoU with China to facilitate the trading and cultivating of timber; they have since been dismissed by the Myanmar government.

More foreign investment foreseen in 2016-2017: MIC secretary

More investment from western countries might be seen in the 2016-2017 fiscal, said Aung Naing Oo, the secretary of the Myanmar Investment Commission.

Aung Naing Oo spoke to reporters during a forum titled “New Myanmar Beyond 2015: The Need for New Paradigm” at Yangon Economic University on January 11.

Temperature to drop around the country: DMH

YANGON—The Department of Meteorology and Hydrology (DMH) under the Ministry of Transport announced yesterday that temperatures would drop in Nay Pyi Taw and four other states and regions in the next few days.

The department also said this January has been colder than in previous years.

YCDC bears responsibility for Mingala Market fire: YCDC member

The Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) bears the bulk of the responsibility for the Mingala Market fire incident, said YCDC member Khin Hlaing (Zawtika) on January 12.

Pathein school investigated for corruption

A school in Pathein is being investigated for corruption and for not meeting local safety standards, endangering the lives of students.

Officials from the school, located in Hle Htauk Kone Villge, Thar Paung Township, Ayeyawady Region, have been accused of embezzling money from the school’s repair fund and neglecting students’ safety. A village resident filed a complaint at the Ayeyawady Region education department on December 16, 2015.

Tatmadaw seeks democracy designed for Myanmar

 

Democracy can only last in Myanmar if it is designed to fit the country, said Commander-in-Chief of Defence Service Senior General Min Aung Hlaing at the Union Peace Conference in Nay Pyi Taw on January 12.

Parliament to leave 14 bills for next government term

Myanmar's Lower House of Parliament ruled yesterday that 14 bills, including the Bill for the Protection of the Constitution, would not be discussed during the term of the current parliament.  

The Lower House decided to send the bills, which were submitted by the Joint Bill Committee, back to the Union Parliament due to a shortage of time to process the bills. The current parliament’s term will expire at the end of this month.

President promises assistance to Mingala Market fire victims

Yangon—President Thein Sein said the government is planning to provide grants of Ks 500,000 or Ks 1 million to each victim of the fire that broke out on January 9 at Mingala Market during a meeting with shop owners on January 11.

He said: “We have a fund to provide victims of natural disasters, but the budget is nearly consumed now. The government will help the victims as much as we can. It is not a loan. The aid will be disbursed in packages of Ks 500,000 or Ks 1 million.”

British Chief of Defence Staff meets top Myanmar leaders

General Sir John Nicholas Reynolds Houghton, the Chief of the Defence Staff of the British Armed Forces, met National League for Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, Vice President Nyan Tun and Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing separately yesterday, according to their respective Facebook pages.

Defeated Union minister drops case against polling officer

The campaign manager for Union Minister Ohn Myint, requested on January 11 that his case against a polling officer be withdrawn from the Kyauktan court. The minister previously filed a lawsuit against deputy polling officer Mya Mya Aye following his defeat in the November 8 national election.