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USDP makes most election complaints in Ayeyawady

The Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) made the most complaints about the election and campaign period in Ayeyawady Region, said chairman Aung Myint of the Ayeyawady regional election sub-commission.

Although the exact number of complaints is not known, the party that made the most complaints is the USDP, according to official records, the chairman said.

Government entities request additional budget of over Ks 2.4 trillion

The Union government has asked for an additional budget of Ks 2.46 trillion for the 2015-2016 fiscal year.

On behalf of the Union government, finance minister Win Shein submitted the additional budget allocation bill at the session of the Union parliament on November 16.

Myanmar internet usage rises before and after election period

Internet use in Myanmar rose to 300 per cent of the average rate on November 8, the country’s election day, and is still on the rise, according to the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology.

Net users expressed concern about slow connections during the election period, and the ministry responded with preparations to ensure strong connections.

Although the connection was slow and sluggish in some areas, the overall connection speed was not notably slow.

Dr. Than Htut Aung, CEO of the Eleven Media Group, barred from going abroad: information ministry is responsible for most of the problems EMG face including being barred from going abroad

CEO of the Eleven Media Group (EMG) Dr. Than Htut Aung was stopped by an immigration officer named Yan Lin Soe at the Yangon International Airport when he was leaving for a trip.
Dr. Than Htut Aung was told that he cannot leave the country and was forced to return from the airport on November 15.

Activists demand prison releases

The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) says all political prisoners should be released to enable power to be transferred smoothly ahead of the next government’s five-year term.

Their release would show the government’s goodwill towards the public and win respect from international observers, the organisation said.

Hunger strikers taken to hospital

All Burma Federation of Student Union (ABFSU) leader Aung Hmaing San and another activist Myo Myat San, who began a hunger strike on October 23 to demand the release of all political prisoners, were transferred to Yangon General Hospital (YGH) on November 13.

Gov’t continues sentencing under Peaceful Procession Act

Five activists from Pyay imprisoned for four months for protesting against PR system

Pyay Township Court in western Bago Region yesterday sentenced five activists, who were sued last year for protesting against Proportional Representation (PR) System, to four months with labour each.

 Moreover, the five activists : U Kyaw Swe, U Kyaw Hsan, U Maung Maung Toe, U Wunna and Ko Myo Thu Htut will also be sentenced to four months with labour under Section 18 Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Procession Act.

Thousands flee Shan battles

 Almost 10,000 war refugees in Loilen District, Shan State, are fleeing battles between government troops and ethnic rebels.

Some were trapped or forced to hide in the forests, sources said.

Wansauce village emptied on November 12 and joined the waves of people flooding to Mong Hsu.

“We heard artillery. We started hearing gunfire three days ago. We’re not sure where the shootings are. We have limited food,” said Ko Soe, a Mong Hsu resident.

Hunger strikers claim they were beaten

 Two students who began hunger strikes at Myingyan Prison were beaten and denied water, they told reporters on their way to a court hearing in the Mandalay Region city.

Pyay protest demands student release

 Political activists and members of the Former Political Prisoners Association and other civil society organisations staged a sit-in protest in Pyay, western Bago Region, yesterday demanding the prompt release of students, many of whom are currently on hunger strike.

It is the second protest at the equestrian statue of Bogyoke Aung San.

"We hereby urge the government to release the students from Thayarwady and other prisons," said an ex-political prisoner, Chit Hsaung from the Thakhin Kodaw Hmine Peace Network.