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Smuggler soldiers caught in customs bust

Customs officers have caught an army captain and a sergeant accused of importing illegal goods worth Ks2,500 million, according to Tun Thein, director-general of the Customs Department.
The director-general said: “Two soldiers have been handed back to their units. Action has been taken against both by the army in conformity with the army’s procedures. We also handed over fertilizer bags that can be used as gun powder for explosive devices to the army.”

China asked to rip down border fence

A Chinese fence on Myanmar’s territory must be removed before the government can open an extra border gate, said Dr Pwint San, deputy minister for commerce.
The deputy minister told Parliament that the fence encroached into Myanmar when answering a question from MP Sai Bo Aung about when the new gate at Hosaung near Muse is due to open.

Bosses demand time to set minimum wage

The Myanmar Garment Manufacturers Association demanded time to fix a minimum wage as workers called for Ks4,000 a day at a workshop at the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Yangon.
The minister and deputy ministers for labour, employment and social security, a presidential adviser, worker representatives, employers, international observers and civil society organisations attended the two-day event. 

Shwedagon campaigners claim breakthrough

The Save the Shwedagon organisation is claiming that Yangon Region’s Security Minister Colonel Tin Win and military chief Major General Tun Tun Naung will work for the complete termination of the Dagon City 1 project near the pagoda.

Activists met the regional bosses at Aung San Tawya Tatoo monastery over the weekend.

The clarification by advocate Thein Than Oo at the press briefing over the issue of a lawsuit filed by the Ministry of Information against 17 editors from the Daily Eleven

Good afternoon all. My beloved poets and writers including Bagyi Moe from the literary circle and media people and respected members of parliament, thank you all for being with us at this briefing.  

I will clarify in two parts. The first part is about the law related to this case.

Two die in construction accident

Two people died and 18 were injured yesterday after scaffolding collapsed at the Pullman Mandalay Hotel construction project.

“The scaffolding collapse occurred at a time when workers were pouring a concrete slab. A total of 18 victims have been sent to hospital. Rescue workers are still searching for victims who are trapped under the debris. We find it difficult to rescue those who are trapped as the building is very big. We saw that two trapped workers are dead,” said a Red Cross member.

Briefing of the Chief Editor of The Daily Eleven newspaper on the lawsuit against 17 editors filed by Information Ministry

Ladies and Gentlemen, good afternoon.

The Daily Eleven holds press briefing over Information Ministry’s lawsuit against 17 editors

Eleven Media Group’s CEO Dr Than Htut Aung speaks at the press briefing (Photo – EMG)

YANGON

The Daily Eleven held a press briefing at the Novetel Hotel yesterday over the issue of a lawsuit filed by the Ministry of Information at the Mandalay Regional Court against 17 editors from the newspaper for contempt of court. 

According to the agenda, the Daily Eleven’s chief editor Wai Phyo first briefed about the lawsuit against 17 editors by the Ministry of Information. Advocate Thein Than Oo also provided legal explanations and background to the case.

Green light for Yangon plan

A proposal to implement the “Greater Yangon Strategic Plan 2040” submitted by city mayor Hla Myint has been approved by the regional parliament amid widespread criticism.

MP Win Naing supported the extension plan that covers seven proposed sites measuring more than 0.1 million acres, despite MPs U Kyaw and Dr Nyo Nyo Thin opposing it. 

Myanmar ambassador asked to return BGB sergeant

According to newspapers in Bangladesh, Myanmar ambassador Myo Myint Than has been summoned and asked to arrange for the deportation of the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) sergeant who was detained after a border clash. 

Bangladesh condemned the clash and arrest. 

On Wednesday, Myanmar border forces and BGB fired at each other. One Bangladeshi, who is referred to as Biplob, was injured and Sgt Nayak Abdur Razzak was arrested.