Two protesters released

Two of three students detained in Yangon had been released on bail, said Colonel Win Kyi, head of western district police.

Police arrested three students, including Nanda Sit Aung, a leader from the All Burma Federation of Student Unions, on 27 March in Mingala Taungnyunt Township, Yangon, while they protested in response to the crackdown on students in Letpadan, Bago Region.

Two detainees released on bail are Shein Yarzar Tun and Aung Htet Aung (aka Aung Aung).

Performer charged for street theatre

The authorities in Hledan, Yangon Region, have charged a young person for giving a performance depicting the police’s violent crackdown on student protesters.

Five youths staged a protest by giving the performance to demand the release of detained students and their supporters.

The performance also denounced the crackdown by civilians wearing red armbands in front of Yangon City Hall.

The youths chanted slogans in their performance, taking photos of the detained students from an iron cage.

Demonstrators across country charged with Section 18 and other sections

Students and supporters from Yangon and some towns who demonstrated on Friday against the crackdown on the main student protest column have been charged for violating Section 18 and other sections.

The charged students, supporters and monks from Yangon, Taungoo, Myingyan, and Hinthada have been charged with Section 18 of the Peaceful Assembly and Procession Law, and Section 143, Section 145, and Section 505 (B) of the Penal Code.

Traffic police tighten expressway rules

Action has been taken against more than 1,500 drivers for speeding on the Yangon to Mandalay expressway so far this year, according to the traffic police.

Officers were inspecting periodically on the expressway and using speed traps, said Colonel Ne Win, head of expressway police force.

“The system we have checks that drivers are using the road with care. We are checking in some places for speeding,” said the colonel.

Ministry of Health to train 10,000 assistant midwives

In order to have a properly trained health worker in every village, the Ministry of Health says it will be providing training to 10,000 assistant midwives.

The ministry aims to increase the level of health-care coverage across the nation with plans to train more than 5,500 assistants by August.

Response to Minister of Information Ye Htut’s post on Facebook regarding the blocking of Eleven Media Group website

1. On March 27, the Minister of Information Ye Htut wrote on Facebook that he has been blocked from accessing www.news-eleven.com, the website of Eleven Media Group.

2. In Myanmar, internet websites cannot block individual users unlike Facebook accounts. In the same way, Eleven Media Group cannot know and does not have the chance to find out which users are using which IP.

Journalist protests at media conference

A journalist protested against the beatings, arrests and imprisonment of reporters while Information Minister Ye Htut was making a speech at the International Press Institute at Chatrium Hotel, Yangon, on March 27.

New airline to fly next month

A new airline, Apex, will fly between Nay Pyi Taw, Yangon, Myeik and Dawei from the start of April.

It is 11th domestic airline based in Nay Pyi Taw.

“We plan to fly to Yangon, Myeik and Dawei from Nay Pyi Taw initially. Our airline bought a new ATR72-600 aircraft from France and we will expand our domestic routes if more planes arrive,” said Phyu Thin Ei, sales and marketing officer from Apex.

Overseas student numbers rise

It has been reported that the number of foreign students interested in studying the Myanmar language and culture has increased.

There are 50 students from China, Japan and Korea studying language and culture in Myanmar.

Yangon prepares for water festival

The Yangon authorities have permitted more than 40 pavilions to be built in the city for next month’s Thingyan water festival.

Applications for 204 pavilions have been made at Yangon City Development Committee.

A total of 152 applications have been made for Kabaraye Pagoda Road and 42 around Kandawgyi Lake.

The Yangon regional government and mayor will also have their own pavilions.