Tenants flee to suburbs as rents rise

Many tenants are moving to suburban areas due to soaring rents in central Yangon, according to residents.

The average monthly rent in Hledan Township has rocketed to Ks180,000 this year from Ks120,000 last year and Ks60,000 in 2011.

“I cannot afford to pay the rent. I have to spend all of my salary on it. So I plan to move to Hlegu,” said Aye Aye Thin of Hledan.

“Rents are being driven up by an influx of tenants. I have to pay Ks150,000 a month for a ground floor apartment,” said Than Than Aye of Thaketa Township.

Rights are vital, Suu Kyi says

Shaping the future of the country requires the correct procedures and carrying out the wrong actions can lead to an unpleasant fate, says opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

She made the remark during her speech at the centennial birthday celebration of her father, Bogyoke Aung San, in Hinthada, Ayeyarwady Region.

5 students face lawsuits in Kyaukse

Kyaukse Township police have charged five students for demonstrating against the National Education Law, according to sources.

Naing Ye Wai, Kaung Zaw Hein, Aung Min Khant, Ye Yint Paing Hmu and Nyein Nyein Htway took part in a protest against the National Education Law. Township administrator Khin Maung Than has filed a lawsuit against them under sections 18 and 114.

Maubin bank accused of handing out fake note bundles

Maubin – Sheets of white paper were found in money withdrawn from the Maubin branch of the Myanma Economic Bank (MEB) to pay Ministry of Education staff, according to Maubin Township education department.

The report said a deputy education officer and five teachers withdrew the salary for 1,514 staff, worth of over Ks2 billion, without checking the money.

They only counted the number of packages.

Missing Spanish cyclist found

The Spanish cyclist who disappeared from Yangon General Hospital while seeking medical treatment for multiple slashes has been found at Sakura Hospital, according to the police.

"He seemed to be seeking treatment at Sakura without getting permission from Yangon General. We still don't know how he left Yangon General. We believe he chose the hospital that he thought was the best. He is still at Sakura," Lt-Colonel Win Kyi from the Yangon West District Police Force said.

Chinshwehaw calls on residents to return

Chinshwehaw residents have not come back although the town has returned to normality, sources say.

After the fighting between the army and Kokang insurgents broke out in Laukkaing, nearby Chinshwehaw was left deserted with most residents fleeing to China.

The army took control of Chinshwehaw and nearby areas on February 27 and the town is now empty with the markets closed.

Students meet MPs changing education law

The Upper House's parliamentary bill committee has met student representatives in Nay Pyi Taw.

The talks focused on the amendment bill for the National Education Law as well as the main column of student protesters, who say their march to Yangon will restart in March.

"Nine students came to talk. Our main purpose is to discuss the amendment bill and four-party talks we demanded to resolve the issues. We must continue with these talks. There are problems," said Kyaw Ko Ko, chairman of the All Burma Federation of Student Unions.

Airline plans 3 daily Yangon-Nay Pyi Taw flights

FMI Air, a scheduled airline, has launched three daily flights between Yangon and Nay Pyi Taw.

The firm, which has 170 staff in Myanmar, also launched another flight to Mandalay.

It uses a Bombardier CRJ200 and expects to expand its service and fleet.

"The Bombardier is small but fast as it's a jet. It carries 50 passengers. The country has never used the aircraft before. The pilots, engineers and technicians are all from overseas. Four or five months later, we will hire local people and train them," said FMI Air's CEO Bruce Nobles.

Woman, 88, jailed for squatting

Mi Mi Than, a judge from Nay Pyi Taw City Development Court, sentenced Tin Hlaing, an 88-year-old woman, to one month in Yamethin prison for squatting while Daw Nyo, an 82-year-old woman, faces similar charges.

Tin Hlaing lived in ward no.6 of Lewe Township. Daw Nyo of Shansu village was sentenced to a month in prison last year under section 26 and is now being charged under section 27 because her home has not been demolished. 

Kokang rebels strike in jungle ambushes

Fighting has continued with Kokang rebels in the Laukkai region, according to the state-owned media, with the insurgents ambushing troops from the jungles and hills.

Skirmishes broke out in the northwest of Laukkai between Chinshwehaw and Lonhtan village and between Laukkai and Kongyan with ambushes on military columns.