Conflict flares between military and SSPP/SSA in Wan Hai

Although the Shan State Progress Party and Shan State Army (SSPP/SSA) abandoned its Wan Hai headquarters in southern Shan State as a gesture of peace, clashes with the Myanmar Defence Services, or Tatmadaw, continue to rage in the area. The Tatmadaw attacked the SSPP/SSA from October 15 to October 18, said Col Sai La from the SSA at about 5pm on October 18.

Yangon New Town Project to proceed with people’s needs in mind

The Great Yangon Project consists of at least two new town plans, including the one on the other side of Kyimyindaing, and these will be implemented only when the new government is formed after the election, said Dr Toe Aung, the project director of the Yangon New Town Project.
He spoke at the Real Estate Conference 2015 held at UMFCCI, Yangon, in the beginning of October.

USDP leader reported over fake Suu Kyi photo

A Kangyidaunk voter has alerted the police to a joint general secretary of the Union Solidarity and Development Party who is accused of uploading a digitally manipulated photo of Aung San Suu Kyi, chairperson of the National League for Democracy, on his Facebook page.

The page named “Thu Thu” posted a fake photo with a caption saying: “Model Suu, who will compete in 2015.” The alleged account owner is Than Tun, the joint USDP Kangyidaunk general secretary in Ayeyawady Region.

Activist defamed on FB: friend

A friend of Chaw Sandi Tun, whose arrest caused an internet storm, has told the Daily Eleven that a fake defamatory Facebook account has appeared.

Lu Lat said the page, “We love Chit Thamee”, is posting misinformation about Chaw Sandi Tun while pretending to be in support of the detained 25 year old.

EMG boss attackers back in court

YANGON – The seventh hearing of the two detainees, who were being arrested for an attack on the Eleven Media Group’s CEO Dr Than Htut Aung, was held at the Bahan Township court on October 16.

The next hearing will be on October 30.

Bahan police commander Khin Maung Kyi told the court that the military security affairs team would reveal the whereabouts of Than Htike Aung, the third suspect in the case.

Red Cross flood fund arrives

The Myanmar Red Cross Society (MRCS) said nearly 3.5 million Swiss francs (Ks4.7 billion) has been received for rehabilitation efforts in flood-hit regions after the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) requested an emergency fund.

The MRCS will work with the IFRC to provide a year’s humanitarian assistance to Sagaing Region and Rakhine and Chin states.

YCDC offers to house squatters

With the November 8 election looming, the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) says it will issue grants to 383 households squatting in South Okkalapa, North Okkalapa, Thaketa and Dawbon townships in Yangon, according to its Town Planning and Land Management Department.

The department has made a list of squatters, with 383 households qualifying for grants. 

Anti-NLD protest rejected

San Tin, who requested permission to hold a 300-strong protest against the National League for Democracy’s campaign in Thandwe, has officially retracted his submission, according to Thandwe Township’s police Captain Khin Zaw.

The main reason for the withdrawal was, according to the law, such a protest required a minimum of five days to process.

Shadaw security ramped up

Political parties are raising concerns about the possibility of a reduced number of polling booths in Shadaw Township, Kayah State, where union minister Aung Min will compete, as new security checkpoints at the entrances to the town question residents.

Four hurt in Magway avalanche

The landslide near the Kaungmon toll gate at the Ayeyawady Bridge in Magway Region injured four civilians and damaged a motorcycle on Thursday, according to the township administration department.

A motorcycle en route to Magway from Minbu was buried beneath the landslide. Two female riders were injured. Two other females on another motorcycles were also hurt.

It took rescuers more than an hour to arrive at the scene. The Kaungmon Company has been criticised for weak safety measures on the road.