Smuggled logs top 1,300 tonnes

Between January 24 and February 14, the police confiscated over 1,300 tonnes of smuggled hardwood, according to the Forestry Department.

In the 10th raid on February 14 the police confiscated 15 tonnes of teak and 50 tonnes of padauk in two warehouses at compound No 35(b) in the Dagon Seikkan Industrial Zone-2. They also managed to seize 55 tonnes of padauk and five tonnes of tamalan in the Dagon Seikkan Industrial Zone-1 on February 12.

Officials at the department said seizing so many logs in a small period was unique.

Major drug raids worry Rakhine people


Rakhine residents have been concerned by a series of drug raids worth billions of  kyats, reports say.

Young couples celebrate Valentine’s Day in public parks

Public parks in Yangon such as People’s Square and Kandawgyi Lake are teeming with young couples celebrating Valentine’s Day on February 14, and the sale of stuffed animals are in high demand, according to gift shops.

Shopping malls, centers and parks are crowded with people even though the day is not included in official national holiday list.

“We sold dolls worth between Ks 20,000 and Ks 50,000, and at least three feet tall. Other items sold were romantic flowers and chocolates,” said a gift shop employee in Sanchaung Township.

11,000 more nurses needed to provide adequate health services


Although the government allotted 21,407 nursing positions at medical centers under recent policy by Ministry of Health and Sports, only 10,195 nurses are being employed as of now. Over 11,000 still need to be hired, according to the Health and Sports Ministry.

Venerable Buddhist monk passes away at 100


The funeral service of Myanmar's most venerable Buddhist monk who passed away at the age of 100 on Tuesday will be held in Mandalay Region on February 18.

State Ovadacariya Shwekyin Sasanabaing Waso Sayadaw (venerable senior monk) Bhaddanta Aggiya, died at Mandalay General Hospital while undergoing medical treatment. It had been 81 years since the venerable Sayadaw was ordained.

Rakhine fishermen hurt by unlawful fishing

Small-scale fishermen in Rakhine State blame unlawful fishing vessels for a drop in marine lives.

The livelihoods of residents of Kyaukpyu, Myebon and Pauktaw townships depend on shallow-water fishing. They said they noticed a drop in daily catches since massive vessels started fishing in their areas.

Talks held on information access law

The Parliament’s legal affairs and special cases assessment commission held a discussion on Tuesday over a draft of the rights to information law.

Commission members met with representatives from the Information Ministry, the Myanmar Press Council and the Pyi Gyi Khin women’s rights group.

Pathein introduces Pilot Court Project

Pathein has introduced a pilot project to speed up court hearings.

 The longest time allowed for a hearing will be 270 days for criminal cases and 540 days for civil cases, according to Pathein Township court.

The pilot project was a joint effort by judges, legal officials, plaintiffs and accused. Depending on the case, it will have to finish within 90 days for normal cases, 180 days for complicated cases and 270 days for complex criminal cases.

Parliament approves to take out JICA’s loan

Parliament yesterday approved a Yen 10.787 Billion (2.2 trillion kyat) from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for renovations to hydropower plants.

The money will be spent on major renovations at No.1 Belu Creek and Hsedawgyi Hydropower plants.

Educating to show danger of Valentines Day

An awareness campaign on the dangers of young people using sex-enhancing drugs was held in Sanchaung Township on February 13. It was jointly organized by police, the health department, Yangon City Development Committee(YCDC) and township administration office.

Similar campaigns have been carried out in the past but priority was given to Valentine’s Day.