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30,000 ‘affordable’ homes under construction

The Ministry of Construction claims it is working with region and state governments to rent low-cost housing to pensioners and those on low incomes.  

People could take loans from the Construction and Housing Development Bank to buy apartments, the ministry announced.

It claimed it was developing nearly 30,000 apartments this financial year for a variety of prices.

30,000 ‘affordable’ homes under construction

The Ministry of Construction claims it is working with region and state governments to rent low-cost housing to pensioners and those on low incomes.  

People could take loans from the Construction and Housing Development Bank to buy apartments, the ministry announced.

It claimed it was developing nearly 30,000 apartments this financial year for a variety of prices.

Central bank vows to fight dollarisation

The Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) will make further efforts to bar the country from slipping towards dollarisation, says its vice-governor Set Aung.

Speaking at the National Management College in Yangon, he told entrepreneurs from the tourism sector about the acceptability of holding and using dollars.

Yangon University asks for increased budget

A budget of more than Ks49 billion is requested by Yangon University for the 2016-17 fiscal year, according to the institution.

It submitted the budget of Ks49.3 billion to the Ministry of Education in April.

A university spokesperson said: “The ministry will allocate the budget after scrutinising the proposed expenditure. No budget allocation has been received yet.”

Its budget was around Ks17 billion for this financial year but a five-storey building is due to be completed on the campus in the coming year.  

Schools failing ethnic children: MPs

Schools were failing children from ethnic minorities who could not cope with an unfamiliar language and hidden fees, claimed regional politicians on the UN Universal Children’s Day.

The government’s offer of free education had failed to prevent many hidden fees and a high-dropout rate, claimed MPs.

Schools were also criticised for parrot-fashion teaching which failed to explain concepts to pupils.

NLD candidate reports fake Facebook page

Aung Win, a victorious candidate from the National League for Democracy, has complained to Hmawbi police about a fake Facebook account in his name which insults religion.

The account, which carries his photo and a similar name, has posted comments attacking the army and Buddhism.

Yangon University asks for increased budget

A budget of more than Ks49 trillion is requested by Yangon University for the 2016-17 fiscal year, according to the institution.

It submitted the budget of Ks49.3 trillion to the Ministry of Education in April.

A university spokesperson said: “The ministry will allocate the budget after scrutinising the proposed expenditure. No budget allocation has been received yet.”

Students in court again

Four All Burma Federation of Student Union (Ba-Ka-Tha) student leaders, Kyaw Ko Ko, Nanda Sit Aung, Lin Htet Naing and Po Po and a supporter Win Kyawt Hmu, were brought to trial at Kamayut court, Yangon Region, on November 19.

At the court, Major Zaw Win, from the township police, sued them under Section 18 of the Peaceful Procession and Assembly Act, which is used to take action on demonstrators who protest without permission.

Jail bullying video goes viral

A video of jail bullying has spread on social media.

The video, called Ma Naw Maye, apparently shows three long-term prisoners in Hpakant police station ordering three newcomers to squat with their hands in the air.

When they collapsed they were beaten.

Deputy Superintendent Naing Win said: “It isn’t Hpakant Police Station. We don’t know which police station it was. They aren’t our cells. Nothing like that happens at our station.”

Tatmadaw seizes KIA brigade HQ

The northern military command has occupied the headquarters of No.8 Brigade of the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) as clashes between the Tatmadaw and the KIA occurred in the mountains southeast of Mohnyin, Kachin State, from November 15 to 19.

The 15th infantry regiment clashed with the KIA about five miles southeast of Mohnyin, with airstrikes in support and artillery.

The clashes left three dead, including a captain, the operational commander said.