Students' Boycott postpones their march to Yangon

Students protesting against the education reform bill have decided to postpone the march to Yangon for one day (March 1) because of the nationwide final examinations, said Thiha Win Tin, a student leader.

But she vowed to continue the protest march on March 2.

Students warned against march on Yangon

The Ministry of Home Affairs says legal actions will be taken if students continue protesting while the national education amendment bill is processing through Parliament.   

Four-party talks involving the government, MPs, the students’ Committee for Democracy Education Movement (CDEM) and the National Network for Education Reform (NNER) resulted in the amendment bill for the National Education Law that is now being discussed in Parliament. 

Stop paying bribes, Suu Kyi tells rally

People should not tolerate state corruption and refuse to pay bribes, said Aung San Suu Kyi, the chairperson of the National League for Democracy.

 She was speaking in Danubyu on her way to Hinthada to attend the ceremony of the centenary birthday of her father, Bogyoke Aung San.

“The road to Danubyu via Yangon is better than it was in the past, but it is not quite smooth. Likewise, Myanmar’s reforms have reached a democratic path, but it is not smooth yet,” Suu Kyi said.

Tenants flee to suburbs as rents rise

Many tenants are moving to suburban areas due to soaring rents in central Yangon, according to residents.

The average monthly rent in Hledan Township has rocketed to Ks180,000 this year from Ks120,000 last year and Ks60,000 in 2011.

“I cannot afford to pay the rent. I have to spend all of my salary on it. So I plan to move to Hlegu,” said Aye Aye Thin of Hledan.

“Rents are being driven up by an influx of tenants. I have to pay Ks150,000 a month for a ground floor apartment,” said Than Than Aye of Thaketa Township.

Rights are vital, Suu Kyi says

Shaping the future of the country requires the correct procedures and carrying out the wrong actions can lead to an unpleasant fate, says opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

She made the remark during her speech at the centennial birthday celebration of her father, Bogyoke Aung San, in Hinthada, Ayeyarwady Region.

5 students face lawsuits in Kyaukse

Kyaukse Township police have charged five students for demonstrating against the National Education Law, according to sources.

Naing Ye Wai, Kaung Zaw Hein, Aung Min Khant, Ye Yint Paing Hmu and Nyein Nyein Htway took part in a protest against the National Education Law. Township administrator Khin Maung Than has filed a lawsuit against them under sections 18 and 114.

Maubin bank accused of handing out fake note bundles

Maubin – Sheets of white paper were found in money withdrawn from the Maubin branch of the Myanma Economic Bank (MEB) to pay Ministry of Education staff, according to Maubin Township education department.

The report said a deputy education officer and five teachers withdrew the salary for 1,514 staff, worth of over Ks2 billion, without checking the money.

They only counted the number of packages.

Missing Spanish cyclist found

The Spanish cyclist who disappeared from Yangon General Hospital while seeking medical treatment for multiple slashes has been found at Sakura Hospital, according to the police.

"He seemed to be seeking treatment at Sakura without getting permission from Yangon General. We still don't know how he left Yangon General. We believe he chose the hospital that he thought was the best. He is still at Sakura," Lt-Colonel Win Kyi from the Yangon West District Police Force said.

Chinshwehaw calls on residents to return

Chinshwehaw residents have not come back although the town has returned to normality, sources say.

After the fighting between the army and Kokang insurgents broke out in Laukkaing, nearby Chinshwehaw was left deserted with most residents fleeing to China.

The army took control of Chinshwehaw and nearby areas on February 27 and the town is now empty with the markets closed.

Students meet MPs changing education law

The Upper House's parliamentary bill committee has met student representatives in Nay Pyi Taw.

The talks focused on the amendment bill for the National Education Law as well as the main column of student protesters, who say their march to Yangon will restart in March.

"Nine students came to talk. Our main purpose is to discuss the amendment bill and four-party talks we demanded to resolve the issues. We must continue with these talks. There are problems," said Kyaw Ko Ko, chairman of the All Burma Federation of Student Unions.