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Army giving priority to national development, top general says

The army keeps a sense of sympathy when implementing security alongside national development. It is doing its best while giving priority to national development, Defence Services commander Senior General Min Aung Hlaing said this week. 
 
The army will render cooperation to Unicef activities as much as it can, the top general said at a meeting with Justin Forsyth, deputy head of Unicef at Bayintnaung Parlour on Thursday, according to the Office of the Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services.
 

Fighting breaks out with ceasefire signatory

Fighting between the army and the Restoration Council for Shan State (RCSS) broke out for about half an hour in Panglong, Loilen Township in southern Shan State, on April 5, said Lieutenant Colonel Sai Nguen, spokesman for the RCSS.

Panglong has enormous symbolic significance as the location of Aung San’s pre-independence Panglong Agreement in 1947. 

Htin Kyaw arrives in China

At the invitation of President Xi Jinping, President Htin Kyaw and First Lady Su Su Lwin have flown to China on a goodwill visit.
 
The president flew to Chengdu, central China, and were welcomed by Sichuan Province Vice-Governor Yang Hongbo, Myanmar’s ambassador Thit Lin Ohn and the head of the Diplomatic Affairs Department at China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 
 

70% of Bangladesh border fenced: minister

About 70 per cent of the fence along the Bangladesh border is finished, Chan Aye, deputy director general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told a press conference in Nay Pyi Taw.
 

Traffic police overstretched: Road Department

A traffic policeman has to control more than 2,000 vehicles, said sources from the Ministry of Construction. 
 
There are about 5,592,900 registered vehicles, including 745,000 cars, 4,667,800 motorcycles, 74,200 three-wheeled motorcycles, 43,200 trailers and 1,380 pieces of machinery, according to the Road Department of the Ministry of Construction. 
 

Energy boss blames activists for power shortages

According to the Ministry of Electricity and Power, Myanmar must be prepared to go ahead with coal-fired and hydropower projects to meet energy demand, especially since the memorandums of understanding had been signed.
 
Permanent Secretary Htein Lwin of the energy ministry said at a press conference in Nay Pyi Taw on March 6 that the people had to be convinced that it was necessary if the country were to grow.
 

Magway urged to investigate karaoke deaths

A regional MP has submitted an urgent proposal on April 6 at Magway regional parliament to urge the authorities to address the 15 fatalities at a karaoke bar in Magway.
 
A fire ripped through the Shwe Myat Minthami in the city karaoke bar on the night of April 2, killing 11 men and four women. Another woman was seriously injured and was still in hospital, said Aung Win Sein, the region’s fire chief. 
 

Workers protest against 184 sackings

Workers have staged a protest from Mahabandoola Park on April 6 in Yangon denouncing the dismissal of 184 colleagues from the Good Morning factory.

The factory, run by Myanmar Mayson Company, at the Hlaingthaya Township Industrial Zone laid off 184 workers on March 8 with compensation because it said increased mechanisation was reducing the need for staff.

The protesting workers demanded re-employment of their colleagues and for the employer to comply with their contracts and for an end to interference with the trade union at the factory.

Power rates being reassessed

The permanent secretary of the Ministry of Electricity and Energy told the media at a 

Ministry demands cooperation to stop illegal food imports

The minister for health and sports has told a workshop on April 6 that his ministry could benefit from cooperation with other ministries and non-government organisations to monitor illegal food imports.

Myint Htwe said food should be processed hygienically and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was examining food on sale monthly. The ministry issued licences only once the food and drink was found to be hygienic and of sufficient quality, he added.