Public protest in support of students in Yangon

Yangon -- Some 600 people staged a protest in support of the student protest march against the education reform from respective regions across the country.

The Yangon protest began in Bo Sein Hman Grounds in Tamwe Township on February 8. The protesters comprised of members of students’ unions from respective universities in Yangon, political activists, labour organisations, civic society organisations and the people. The protesters marched from Bo Sein Hman Grounds to the City Hall.

The belle of the bus

Kyin Thein has proven that even a middle-aged woman like herself can work as a bus conductor, or rather conductress. Despite the rough and tumble nature of the job, she’s willing to risk life and limb to cope with Yangon’s high cost of living, along the way urging Yangon commuters to wake up to a new reality: bus conducting is no longer the preserve of men. 

Ethnic census release delayed

The Central Census Commission is not in a position to release the exact figures for the different ethnic groups before this year’s general election, according to the director general of the Ministry of Immigration and Population Myint Kyaing, who is also on the Central Census Commission.

Zoo to buy Japanese penguins

Myanmar will buy Japanese penguins for more than US$70,000 to be displayed at the Naypyidaw Zoological Gardens, according to the zoo’s administrator.

Than Soe Aye said the gardens had to buy new penguins as the former ones died of a fungal disease six months ago and the penguins attracted many visitors.

"We have been unable to display penguins for six months. We already paid half of the price for five pairs of Japanese penguins. The cost is about US$7500 per penguin. They will be here before the end of February," said the administrator.

Monks threaten ‘foreign’ votes protest

The leaders of protests against granting voting rights to foreign residents or white-card holders has postponed action due to negotiations with the government but it will carry out the protests if the demands are not met by February 10, according to Magway Monastery’s Sayadaw Pamaukkha.

Students march on Yangon in three columns

Three columns of students protesting against the controversial National Education Law have been marching towards Yangon, receiving a warm welcome along the road.

Pakokku students begin march on Yangon

More than 1000 students from universities in Pakokku, Magway Region, have begun their march to Yangon, joined by students from Monywa. 

Pakokku students met at the technology university eight miles northeast of the town.

They held flags and protest posters saying: "Freedom to form student unions"; "Democratic education is our need" and "No law that is unhelpful to students”.

Suu Kyi's gate set for auction

Aung San Suu Kyi's house gate is up for auction in order to mark the 100th anniversary of General Aung San’s birth, Soe Nyunt, the owner of the Royal Rose restaurant, told a press conference.

The vice chairman of the General Aung San’s Birthday Organising Committee said that bids would start at Ks 200 million on Facebook and end on February 13, the birthday of Aung San. 

No judgement in Cherry Oo watch case

No judgement has been made in the trial of the Cherry Oo Company despite proceedings lasting more than four months, sources say.

Cherry Oo imported 937 watches in September 2014 and 800 of them were not labelled with the country of manufacture, according to the illegal trade control team.

The company imported around another 2,500 watches without labels 10 days later and the customs department launched an investigation.

Wages not covering living costs, survey shows

About 70 per cent of people have to sell their possessions to pay for health and education, according to a survey conducted by the team fixing the minimum wage.

That group raised more than 500 questions about the living costs in Shwepyitha Township.

The survey revealed that the monthly income of a household is between Ks100,000 and Ks200,000 while expenditure is at least Ks200,000.