Ayeyarwady level at decade low

The Ayeyarwady River is at its lowest level for a decade, according to the Directorate of Water Resources and Improvement of River Systems in Mandalay.

It fell to 362cm on January 29 in Mandalay while last year's lowest level was 368cm, the authorities said.

Plane hits bird near Nay Pyi Taw

A Golden Myanmar Airlines passenger aircraft collided with a bird near Nay Pyi Taw airport yesterday, sources say.

The Airbus A320 was flying from Yangon to Nay Pyi Taw when it hit the bird while preparing to land.

The airline was sponsoring the Asean Tourism Forum being held in Nay Pyi Taw from January 22 to 28 and it was flying the route three times a day.

Myanmar inflation stable, says Set Aung

Set Aung, vice governor of the Central Bank of Myanmar, said inflation had not risen dramatically from around 5 percent.

He said the moderate increase was in line with the country's economic growth during the period of reform.

Yadanabon demands four-party talks

Mandalay-Students from Yadanabon University marched within the institution’s grounds to demand four-party talks on the National Education Law between the government, Parliament, students and the Network for National Education Reform. 

Placards denounced the law for ignoring the will of the students and public, while staff assisted them for security.

Coal set to fill power shortfall

Myanmar is planning to increase the electricity generated by coal-fired power plants by 2030 to meet 29.6 per cent of overall demand, sources say.

Students to continue march

Kyaukpadaung – Students marching in protest at the National Education Law have decided to continue on to Yangon unless four-party talks are held, reports say.

They stopped to receive medical checkups in Kyaukpadaung for a day at the residents’ request. 

MPs demand Sky Net contract revision

The Public Accounts Joint Committee of the Union Parliament has called for revision of a government contract awarded to Sky Net Television operated by Shwe Than Lwin Media Co Ltd as it disburses only Ks 40.4 million (about US$40,400) a month, which is far lower than its profits.  

Kaungkhar school reopens

The primary school in Kaungkhar Village has reopened after the murder of two Kachin teachers. 

The two young volunteers were raped and murdered on January 19 in the village in Pan Sai Township, Muse District. 

“The school was closed temporarily after the two teachers were raped and murdered. We have substituted other teachers for their classes,” said Zawra, the secretary of the Kachin Baptist Convention (KBC). 

Warm welcome for protesting students

Thousands of high school students and residents of Kyautpadaung Township warmly welcomed the student protest march which is demonstrating against the National Education Law. The protest march reached Kyautpadaung Township at 3 p.m. on January 29.

Student protesters gave public speeches in front of the Commercial Department, explaining why they are marching from Mandalay to Yangon against the National Education Law. Then, the students and residents of Kyautpadaung participated in the protest march together with the student protesters.

Police: Menbox just a normal massage parlour

The Ahlone Township Police Force and the township administrators after inspecting the Menbox Health & Beauty Spa which opened in Ahlone Township on January 26 said that the Menbox is just a normal massage parlour.

“When we went to inspect the spa, we saw normal massage services. There were no sexual services,” Police Col Tun Shwe told the Eleven Media.