Local students exchange views with foreign counterparts

Students from the United Kingdom and Australia met to exchange knowledge with their counterparts from Myanmar on student unions and education system at Alfa Hotel in Yangon on April 4 and 5.

Students were from Liverpool’s John Moores University, Oxford University and Nottingham University from the UK and the Macquarine University from Australia

69 students, supporters to attend second court hearing

Sixty-nine students and supporters detained at Thayawady Prison will attend a second court hearing at Letpadan Township Court on April 7.

They were charged under five sections at the township court on March 25 following the police crackdown on the main student boycott column.

Over 10,000 Myanmar migrants seek work in Thailand

MYAWADY -- More than 10,000 Myanmar migrants have entered Thailand within the past three months through Myawady Township, Myanmar-Thai border area to work in Thailand under the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

However, Myanmar workers may face difficulties because of Thingyan holidays in both countries, says an official from theFriendship Bridge.

Yangon Region government sees record budget deficit in 2015-2016 FY

Yangon Region Ministry of Finance put forward a budget report for the 2015-2016 fiscal during the meeting held in Yangon on April 2, which reported a deficit of more than Ks 120 billion. This deficit is twice the size of last year’s deficit.

5m in landmine peril, groups warns

The government should officially allow the clearance of landmines as about five million people in Kachin, Kayah, Kayin, Shan and Mon states, Tanintharyi and eastern Bago Region are still in danger, according to the Myanmar Landmine Clearance Initiative. 

Clothes makers demand pay rise

About 700 workers demonstrated in the compound of Sumec Textile and Light Co Ltd’s factory in Yeni, Bago Region, demanding a minimum monthly wage of US$60.

They claimed they lost their rights when the factory was privatised and shifted from producing paper and household goods to clothing.

“The lowest salary is US$15 and the highest is US$35. The government promised an increase. Our salary was raised by only 20 US cents. We demonstrate because of this,” said worker Yin Swe.

Rule of law unravelling, say lawyers

Legal experts have criticised the authorities for charging student protesters and their supporters with Section 505(b) of the Penal Code in addition to Section 18 of the Peaceful Assembly and Procession Law.

Legal experts criticize adding more charges to detained students

Legal experts have criticized the authorities for charging detained student protestors from the main protest column and their supporters with Section 505 (b) of the Penal Code in addition to Section 18 of the Peaceful Assembly and Procession Law in respective townships.

Activist jailed for electricity protest

He was charged with violating Section 18 of the Peaceful Assembly and Procession Law, which is used to take action on demonstrators who protest without permission.

"We demanded the electricity price per unit be Ks35 (3.5 US cents) for the whole country. In other areas, the price per exceeds Ks100. We took to the streets because our country sells electricity to other countries but its people have to pay so much," said protest leader Tin Htut Paing.

Car permit granted under directives of Union Minister at President’s Office, officials says

The registration of cars starting with the number plate (9E/1---) is done under the directives of the ministry of president office No.4, led by Union minister Aung Min, according to an official from the Road Transport Administration Department (Ka Nya Na) under the ministry of rail transportation.