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62 killed by natural disasters and accidents in May

 

Natural disasters and accidents across Myanmar in May killed 62 people and affected more than 700, according to sources from the Fire Services Department.

The disasters that occurred last month included hill slides, landslides, strong winds, floods, car accidents, electrocution, drowning, overturning of cars, ship sinking, suicide, and others.

Telenor lowers calling rate to Thailand, Malaysia

 

Telenor has lowered its call rate to Ks 25 per minute to Thailand and Malaysia, according to Telenor Myanmar.

Big cities protest against Telecommunications Law

People in Magway and Bago regions and Rakhine State protested yesterday against Section 66(d) of the Telecommunications Law and demanded freedomof the press.

Asean TVET conference held in Nay Pyi Taw

A conference on upgrading technical, vocational education and training (TVET) programmes was held at MICC-II in Nay Pyi Taw on June 13. With the aim of producing agreements between Asean countries, the conference was sponsored by GIZ, the German development agency.

Committee suggests better protection of people’s rights

The Citizens’ Fundamental Rights Committee suggested to the Lower House on June 13 greater protection of citizens’ freedom and privacy.

The committee made the suggestion while submitting a yearly report.

The report further advised MPs to discuss citizens’ rights actively, to reduce delays in revising complaints, to pay attention to citizens’ affairs and to conduct investigations with the permission of the parliament speaker if necessary.

Bus crashes into truck in Dekkinathiri

A highway bus belonging the Mandalarmin Travel and Tours crashed into a truck carrying workers in Dekkinathiri, Nay Pyi Taw.

The collision killed two workers on the spot and injured around 30 other laborers.

The two vehicles hit each other at a junction Dekkinathiri Market as the northbound bus hit the truck that were carrying workers getting into Dekkinathiri Township to pave roads.

Kyauktaga residents demonstrate against city committee

Kyauktaga – Approximately 80 residents of Kyauktakha Township, Bago Region demonstrated against the city development committee and the city development authority on June 12.

Residents unsatisfied with that the elected chairperson of city development committee was dismissed from chairmanship since he was born by non-citizens.

Ayeywady Region journalists demonstrate for press freedom

Pathein – Approximately 70 journalists in Ayeywady Region demonstrated in Pathein on June 12 for press freedom.

Demonstrators prayed for detained journalists at Shwe Mu Daw Pagoda. They denounced the Section 66 (d) of Telecommunications Law calling for the release of detained journalists under Section 66 (d).

MP urges govt to create insurance plans for farmers

MP Myo Zaw Oo from Lewe Township has submitted a proposal to the Lower House urging the government to act quickly to establish crop insurance services for farmers who lost their crops due to natural disasters and destructive insects.

The Lower House decided to continue the discussion on the issue on June 12.

The MP said the agriculture sector is very vulnerable to climate change, and everyone knows farmers lost their crops every year due to disasters such as flooding, drought, water shortage, higher temperatures and others.

Yangon authorities demolish 4,000 squatter huts

Authorities launched a large squatter removal operation on June 12 using a 1,500 hired workers to demolish around 4,000 squatter huts in Hlegu Township, Yangon Region.

The squatter hut village stretched for five miles along and the Yangon-Mandalay Expressway.