500 men deployed to Maungdaw schools

The Rakhine State Education Department has assigned over 540 primary school teachers, aged under 35, to serve at schools  on the Maungdaw border.

The new teachers would be given military training if needed, the authorities said.

The teachers arrived in Maungdaw on January 14 where the Rakhine education  administrator, Aung Kyaw Tun, gave a speech.

Maungdaw education chief Ohn Myint said: “It is necessary to use male, not female, teachers."

Yangon network buses to get special fuel

The supply of compressed natural gas (CNG) will be only for public buses in the new network, Yangon Region's chief minister Phyo Min Thein told a press conference.
“We held negotiations about the supply of CNG. Any buses that are not included in public transport system cannot use the CNG. I am not saying all vehicles will be using CNG but some trucks and taxis already run on CNG,” he said.

UN envoy tours Rakhine hotspot

Yanghee Lee, the UN special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, visited the Kotankauk police outpost in Rathedaung Township, which was allegedly attacked by militants last October, and Buthidaung prison. 
She spoke to the police for about 30 minutes about the attack and met Muslims in Chainkali village. After that she met ethnic Rakhine representatives and visited the Chainkali refugee camp.

3,000 volunteer for bus launch

More than 3,000 volunteers have signed on to help commuters cope with public transport upheavals in Yangon.

The volunteer workforce consists mainly of students as well as MPs and members of civic groups.

A meeting at the regional parliament reportedly attracted more volunteers but registration was cancelled at 3,000. 

The volunteers will be equipped with shirts and 500,000 flyers have been printed detailing the new routes. 

Thai govt donates $2m to Rakhine

Pisanu Suvanajata, the Thai ambassador to Myanmar, has donated US$2 million to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for humanitarian assistance in Rakhine State.

Foreign minister Aung San Suu Kyi received the donation.

The ministry reported that the donation would be handed to the Rakhine State government committee for distribution.

EMG lawyers question Yangon govt

Lawyers representing the Eleven Media Group's CEO and chief editor charged with the controversial Section 66(d) of the Telecommunication Law questioned the plaintiff at Friday’s hearing at Tamwe Township court.

CEO Dr Than Htut Aung and Wai Phyo were charged on November 9 by Yangon Region's government over an editorial “A year after the Nov 8 Polls” written by Dr Than Htut Aung.

They were held in Insein Prison until Tamwe Township court granted Ks50 million bail to the pair on January 6.

Govt hopes to draft 'eLottery' law

The state lottery office says an "eLottery" can be only be introduced after a law is enacted to enable foreign cooperation.

The subsidiary of the Internal Revenue Department added that it was working on what could be done for the eLottery before the law. It said there were no domestic firms with experience of running a digital lottery, meaning international cooperation would be needed.