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Tenders invited for flyover

Yangon – Yangon regional government has invited tenders from domestic companies to construct a Y-shaped flyover at Tamwe junction.

The flyover, containing four-lane and two-lane roads, will be built in the next fiscal year.

It is expected to cost Ks22.5 billion, funded from the regional special budget.

727 ‘Bangladeshi’ migrants arrested: navy

The Myanmar Navy claims it has arrested about 727 boat people, alleged to be Bangladeshis entering Myanmar waters, near Pyapon Township on May 29.

Myanmar on defensive at refugee summit

Myanmar has hit out at its critics over the regional migrant crisis, telling a conference in Thailand that "finger pointing" would not help.

Htin Linn, director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told the summit on boatpeople held in Bangkok that the United Nations should check its facts.

The Thai authorities have found mass graves of migrants in abandoned camps near the Malaysian border and claim they are cracking down on human trafficking networks.

Election bosses flexible on voter lists

Mandalay Region's election commission says it will try to allow those who are not included in voter lists – because they have no official household list – to vote by registering them as temporary dwellers.

New 10,000 notes fuel inflation fears

The Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) will start issuing upgraded 10,000 kyat banknotes, the country's highest-denomination note, with effect from July 1 despite deficits in state spending for four consecutive years. 

The circulation will not affect existing 10,000 notes issued in 2012, which will remain legal tender. The new notes would enhance security status and improve quality, offer a longer life span and help prevent counterfeiting, the CBM said.

Yangon groups stage protest against UN statements on boat people

Members of several religious and nationalist groups staged a protest in Yangon on May 27 to denounce statements issued by the UN and various international media regarding the boat people stranded in the Andaman Sea and Malacca Straits. About 200 protesters and journalists attended the protest in Yangon's Tamwe Township.

An interview for notorious 90’ elections with Gandhi Hall Declaration reader Khin Maung Swe and MC Sein Hla Oo

The current opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) won 392 seats in 485 designated constituencies at the multi-party democracy general election held on May 27 in 1990 and the number of members of parliament accounted for more than 80 percent. Unfortunately, the parliament could not be called within 60 days. Meanwhile, the State Law and Order Restoration Council issued 1/90 Notification on July 27 in 1990.

UWSA to sue journalists over reporting on Panghsang Summit

The United Wa State Army (UWSA) will sue several journalists who they claim reported inaccurately about the objectives of Panghsang Summit held from May 1 to May 6 at Panghsang, Wa Self-Administered Zone, said Aung Myint, the central office secretary of the UWSP/UWSA on May 24.

Severe clashes continue in Mansi

Severe clashes between the Tatmadaw and KIA continue in Mansi Township, Kachin State, according to a local peace negotiation team on May 25.

On May 24, clashes broke out near Nantlinpar Village and Majaryan Village from 9:30am to 3:30pm.

Upon investigation, the clashes between the Tatmadaw and KIA broke out on May 5 due to the Tatmadaw's efforts to crack down on timber smuggling. Throughout the clashes, the military used air strikes and both sides suffered casualties, according KIA affiliates.

Bangladesh stalls over migrant repatriation

Bangladesh is yet to bring back more than 200 supposedly Bangladeshi migrants rescued by Myanmar, according to the border police.

The police said Bangladesh replied that information sent by Myanmar about the migrants was not complete. The police say the migrants were sent to Taungup Township bordering Bangladesh.