Hundreds protests against court trial in KhinU

Hundreds of local people from KhinU Township staged a mass protest against the court’s trial on February 24 calling for a fair judicial system.

On February 7, 13 people from the school board of trustees were fined Ks 10,000 each by the township court for attempting to move the primary school building without getting the green light from the Education Ministry.

No end in sight over wage disputes

The labour organizations have accused the authorities of using a heavy-handed approach to solve labour disputes in Shwepyithar and Hlaing Tharyar industrial zones over wage increases.

They demanded that the Yangon Region government and the Ministry of Labour should take responsibility over the crackdown.The authorities announced on February 17 that it will take action against both the owners and workers if they break the law.

About 300,000 Myanmar working officially abroad

About 300,000 Myanmar workers are being sent to foreign countries to work officially and actions would be taken against foreign employment agencies that break the rules, said Win Maw Htun, deputy minister of the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Welfare.

The deputy minister was replying to a question raised by MP Soe Win at 12th regular session of 1st Pyithu Hluttaw held in Nay Pyi Taw on February 24.

First solar flight to reach Mandalay in March

The first round-the-world flight of solar-powered aircraft -- Solar Impulse -- is set to take off in early March from Abu Dhabi, capital of the UAE and reach Mandalay in second week of March, according to a press release on February 24.

“Solar-powered flight will start in early March and is expected to reach Myanmar on March 10. The schedule might change depending on weather condition,” said Mr Christoph Burgener, Swiss ambassador to Myanmar.

Fabricated news of student leaders spread on social media

15 student leaders spearheading the protest march over the National Education Reform bill have been questioned on social media on how they could afford to buy cars and apartments.

Boycott students to march to Yangon

If the parliament does not approve the amended National Education Law by February 28, the marching column led by the All Burma Students Union will march according to its original plan until it reaches Yangon, said student leader Min Thway Thit on February 23.

"Our position is to march until we reach Yangon. Approving the amended draft of the National Education Law must be completed within one week. The government said they would do it within one week. In our opinion, ten days is enough to approve it," said Min Thway Thint.

School officials prohibit student protestors, media in Yadanapon University

Yadanapon University in Mandalay has prohibited students from taking part in negotiations with the government over the National Education Law on February 23.

School officials also instructed the media not to cover the event. The students participating in the talks are led by the Yadanapon Student Union.

"We are going to explain the 11 points the students have demanded. The school authorities warned us not to go to the lecture halls to hold the talks tomorrow," said Yadanapon Student Union Chairman Naing Ye Wai.

DKBA says no plan to join Tatmadaw to fight Kokang

The Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA) issued a statement on February 22 saying it has no plan to join the Tatmadaw (Myanmar Armed Forces) to fight the Kokang rebels.

In the statement, the DKBA implored political organisations and the public not to misunderstand its stance.
"The rumour that the DKBA seeks to cooperate with the Tatmadaw in the fight against the Kokang troops is spreading on social networks and is totally wrong. Like the DKBA, the MNDAA is one of ethnic armed groups that are struggling for their national interests," the statement said.

Government responds to accusations of mishandling labour protests

The Yangon Region government and Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security made announcements yesterday in response to criticism over their mishandling of workers’ protests in Yangon.

Elephant poachers arrested in Ngapudaw Township

NGAPUDAW -- An operation team comprised of officials from the Forestry Department, police and army  officers has been investigating a man suspected of killing elephants in Ngapudaw Township, Ayeyawady Region, since January 13, when they arrested several suspected elephant poachers with evidence. 
On January 18, nine elephant poachers with about 28 viss of elephant meat, two viss of dry tusks, one bow, and 16 arrows as well as four knifes and 130 magazines were seized.