Kachin Red Cross Association to provide aid to IDPs

MYITKYINA – The Kachin State Red Cross Association has pledged to provide humanitarian assistance to villagers and internally displaced persons (IDPs) who are trapped in the Hpakant conflict area, said Ganic, the First-Officer of the Kachin State Red Cross Association.

Ministry of Defence to spend 33 per cent of its budget on defence purposes

The Ministry of Defence will be spend 33 per cent of its budget on defence purposes, said Defence Minister Lt. General Wai Lwin on January 26 at a parliament session.
The ministry plans to spend over 58 per cent of military expenditures for salaries and other expenses, 33 per cent for defence purposes, over nine per cent to construct military infrastructures, over three per cent for education and healthcare sectors and almost one per cent for elite forces, the minister said.

Ks 43.8 bn budgeted for 2015 general elections

The Union Election Commission (UEC) has requested a budget of Ks 43.8 billion for the upcoming 2015 general elections, according to the UEC’s budget request at the Union parliament yesterday.

UEC member Win Ko said: “We requested a budget of Ks 43.8 billion for all electoral processes. So all expenditures, including revenue expenditures, amount to Ks 50.1 billion.”   

YCDC representative attracts criticism for wearing stethoscope in public

Some physicians have criticised the new YCDC representative for Western District of Yangon Region, physician Dr Tin Tun, who has been photographed wearing a stethoscope in public unnecessarily.
Dr Tin Tun has been seen wearing a stethoscope at events including the YCDC oath-taking ceremony for new representatives on January 6 at Yangon City Hall and at the Asia New Star Model Contest 2015 Face of Myanmar on January 24 at Strand Hotel. Photos of him wearing his stethoscope have circulated on Facebook.

Pay rise unlikely for civil servants

It’s unlikely that the government will increase the pay scale of the civil servants despite the State receiving Ks 18 billion in revenue which is more than the State received during 2015-2016 FY, Lower House MP Win Than of Thabaung Constituency said.

President’s Office: Report on pending movement of BSI, SB is ‘groundless’

An official from the President's Office has denied a report that the Bureau of Special Investigation (BSI) and the Special Branch (SB) will move from the Home Affairs Ministry to the President's Office, describing the claim as ‘groundless.’ 
Director Zaw Htay's denial comes after a local private newspaper 7 Day Daily ran the headline "SB and BSI to be under President’s Office" on Monday. The paper also said the organisations would change their names and the uniforms of their staff.   

Finance ministry allocates Ks 2.9 trillion for salaries

Following parliament’s approval of a proposal to raise the salaries of government employees, the Ministry of Finance has set aside more than Ks 2.9 trillion for salary expenses for the 2015-16 fiscal year.
“A total of Ks 2.901763 trillion is set to use for salary expenses. This will include additional raises. We have already prepared for consequences that may result from the pay-raises in cooperation with the public,” said finance minister Win Shein at a parliament session on January 26 in Nay Pyi Taw.

Latest news from the students' protest march

Student protestors depart from Myingyan

27 January 2015

More local people and monks join protest march

More local people and Buddhist monks have joined a protest against the National Education bill staged by the students who are marching to Yangon and winning morale support from local people along the way.

It has been six days since the students started their protest march from Mandalay on January 20. They left Natogyi for Myingyan at about 9 am on January 25. During the march, Buddhist monks from Chauk of the Magway Region also joined the protest.

Kyaukphyu residents to protest if not compensated

The opening of the oil pipe line and deep-sea port connecting Maday Island in Kyaukphyu Township, Rakhine State, to China will be held on January 30.

Residents of Kyaukphyu have vowed to protest at the opening ceremony if they are not compensated for land they lost to the project.