Farmers protest government land seizure

Farmers staged a protest[JG1]  against the companies fencing their fields without giving them adequate compensation in Dakkinathiri Township, Nay Pyi Taw.

About 90 farmers in the township claimed they received Ks 100,000 (US$76) per acre of non-arable land and Ks 200,000 per acre of arable land in 2006. A total of 900 acres were seized from farmers in the township.

Though no projects have begun on the seized lands, some companies have started fencing the area, including Eisitan Co and Aung Kaung Kyaw Co.

Petition against Koh Tao verdict sent to Thai embassy

YANGON—A book signed by more than 25,000 people protesting the verdict against two Myanmar migrant workers for the murder of two British tourists in Koh Tao, Thailand, was sent to the Thai embassy in Myanmar on Tuesday.

In December, civic youth organisations collected more than 25,000 signatures from 12 townships around entire Myanmar in protest of the verdict against the two Myanmar citizens, who have been sentenced to death by a Thai court.

Fire breaks out in Ooredoo’s Magway office

A fire broke out in a storage room at Ooredoo Myanmar’s Magway office on the night of December[JG1]  4, destroying air-con units and phone accessories.

No one was present at the office when the fire broke out, and the township electrical department said it will investigating the cause of the fire. There were about 10 motorcycles parked near the office, but they were not damaged.

Electric train to run in second week of January

Yangon—Yangon’s downtown electric train will begin operating in the second week of January, though it was originally expected to open a week earlier, according to Myanma Railways.
“We will make a trial test on January 8, and it will start its first run on January 10,” an official from Myanma Railways said.
A workshop to prepare for the trial run will be held on January 5 at the office of Myanma Railways. The train will run from Wadan Street to Linsadaung and will connect with Kyimyindaing and Pazundaung train stations on the Yangon Circular Line.

Thai death sentences prompt protests in Rakhine State

Residents of Sittwe and Toungup townships in Rakhine State staged protests to denounce the verdict on the Koh Tao murder case on January 3.
In Sittwe, 600 people, including Buddhist monks, staged a peaceful assembly to protest the verdict and the death sentences handed down to two Myanmar migrant workers on January 3.

YCDC to raise rental fees in People’s Square

In order to raise land rental rates on several acres rent out to Natural World Co in Yangon’s People’s Square, the Yangon City Development Committee will draft a new contract in April.
The current monthly rental rate of Ks 35,000 per acre has caused huge losss to the government, according to a report by the auditor-general of Yangon Region for the 2014-2015 fiscal year, which was submitted to the Yangon Region parliament on November 30, 2015.

We must stick to the NCA: RCSS/SSA spokesman

The Tatmadaw and all ethnic armed organisations must adhere to the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) as there might be difficulties in the designation of certain locations in Shan State, said Colonel Sai La, the spokesperson for the Restoration Council of Shan State/Shan State Army (RCSS/SSA).

State-owned newspapers bullish over low cover prices

The state-owned Kyaymon newspaper has boasted that, while some private publications have increased prices, it is still charging just Ks50.

Three private newspapers, including the Daily Eleven and Democracy Today, are planning to increase prices this week, with the wholesale price rising by Ks20 and the retail price by Ks50.

Private publications began to be established in 2012 with many making losses and going out of business in the face of subsidised competition.

371 died on Yangon roads in 2015

There were 1,970 reported traffic accidents in Yangon municipal area last year, leaving 371 people dead and 2,604 injured, according to the No.2 traffic police office.

Police Lieutenant Colonel Aung Ko Oo said: “There is an increasing number of cars with prices declining. Some young drivers do not understand traffic rules. In 2014 about 4,000 people died in traffic accidents. This number is enormous. The country is losing its human resources and we’re asking for co-operation to enforce traffic rules.”

SNLD condemns KIA forced recruitment

The Shan Nationalities League for Democracy (SNLD) has condemned the Kachin Independence Army’s detention of civilians for recruitment, demanding their release.

Civilians from Kutkai and Muse in northern Shan State were forced into joining the KIA.