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2014 census report to be releasedthis month

A report containing the finalised data from the 2014 census will be released on May 29, according to Myint Kyine, director general of the Immigration and Population Ministry.

The report will consist of 65 tables that will explain data on population and communities, the number of migrants into and out of the country, housing, education, business, national identification and births and deathsat every level of government.

Civil servants return to work in Laukkaing

LAUKKAING – Government employees who were originally assigning duties in Konegyan and Laukkaing townships in the Kokant Self-Administered Zone left Lashio yesterday to reassume their duties in their respective areas.

Due to the recent fighting in Kokant, teachers and departmental staff who were assigned different tasks in Laukkaing, Konegyan and Mawhtike townships and nearby villages fled to their respective places of origin.

Protest demands students’ release

MANDALAY – Students from Mandalay Region staged a protest yesterday demanding the release of students and their supporters detained for calling for changes to the National Education Law.

The police crackdown on the protesters in Letpadan Township, Bago Region, on March 10, led to the arrest of numerous students, Buddhist monks and civilians who had joined the campaign.

A protest was led by Mandalay District All Burma Students’ Union.

Timber blamed for border clashes

More fighting between government forces and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) has taken place in Kachin State due to illegal timber extraction, according to sources.

Illegal Chinese gangs are involved in the smuggling of timber from Katha District of northern Sagaing Region and Moemeik and Mabein of northern Shan State to China.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs releases statement on migrant boat crisis

The MOFA stated that Myanmar shares the concerns of the international community over the refugees drifting at sea and will keep a close watch over the issue as it develops.

The statement attributed the crisis to illegal migration and human trafficking and said the prevention of illegal migration and human trafficking should be prevented by prohibiting travel within the country’s waters and deploying the Myanmar Navy and Air Force to patrol the waters in order to assist refugees if necessary.

Penalties for public bus drivers to intensify

Penalties for passenger buses that do not follow traffic regulations were intensified by the Yangon Region supervisory committee on May 19.
 
Previous penalties, such as temporarily revoking drivers’ licences, have proven ineffective.
 

Government to sign nationwide ceasefire treaty in June, says Aung Min

The Myanmar government is making efforts to sign a nationwide ceasefire agreement in June, said President’s Office minister Aung Min, who is also the vice chairperson of the 
Union Peacemaking Working Committee (UPWC) during a meeting with political parties on May 18.
 

Low pressure forms in Bay of Bengal

YANGON: A low pressure area has formed in the Bay of Bengal and it may intensify further into a depression within 24 hours heading to Rakhine coast, according to the Meteorology and Hydrology Department (MHD) under the Ministry of Transport.
 

24-hour power plan underway in Yangon

The Electric Power Corporation (EPC) plans to provide electricity to Yangon, including the industrial zones, around the clock during the monsoon season, an official told The Daily Eleven.
 
The city’s power consumption was 426 megawatt in 2006 and it rose to 1,009.6 megawatt this year. 
 
According to the EPC, this is because there are many high-rise buildings.

MP to table bill to regulate jade mining in Hpakant

Upper House MP Khat Htein Nan of Myitkyina, No 1 Constituency, in Kachin State told the Daily Eleven that he will propose a bill to the parliament to control excavations of jade in Hpakant.