Kachin youths protest over 2 slain teachers

MOEKAUNG -- About 2,000 Kachin youths staged a protest in downtown Myitkyina Township holding the vinyl with slogans: “ To stop sexual violence”, “To expose real culprits” for two young Kachin teachers who were brutally raped and murdered in Kaungkhar village, Pansi Township in Shan State on January 19.

Stone inscription plaque for late General Aung San

To mark the centenary of General Aung San’ birthday which falls on February 13, a ceremony to build a stone inscription was held at the General Aung San’s compound in Net Mauk on January 21.

Yangon to build more overpasses with escalators

YANGON -- More overpasses with escalators will be built in downtown Yangon in the new fiscal year, according to the Roads and Bridges Department under the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC).

The Yangon Regional Government Committee plans to build six overpasses. Among the overpasses, some will have escalators. The Yangon mayor submitted a proposal to build the six overpasses that were expected to cost Ks 1.52 billion to the regional parliament special meeting held in December last year.

Release of post-mortem results on murdered Kachin teachers postponed

YANGON – Although investigations of two young female volunteer teachers from the Kachin Baptist Convention (KBC) who were brutally raped and killed in Kaungkhar village in northern Shan State on January 19 are ongoing, the post-mortem results gathered on January 20 cannot be issued at once, said Zaw Yar, the KBC secretary for Momauk Zone.

Protest march against education bill continues

Students who launched a protest march on January 20 against the controversial National Education Law faced opposition from government authorities when they tried to spend the night in Kyaukse.

The March began in Mandalay, where residents welcomed the protesters. It arrived in Kyaukse at about 6pm after an overnight stay in Palake yesterday.

Wirathu takes heat for offensive remarks

Ashin Wirathu, a prominent monk from the Masoe Yein Buddhist Monastery in Mandalay Region, has come under widespread criticism for his remarks about Yanghee Lee, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights situation in Myanmar.

In his response to Lee’s recommendation that Myanmar’s Bengali population (so-called Rohingyas) , be granted citizenship and freedom to travel, Wirathu reportedly referred to her as a ‘whore’, among other insults.

President asks parliament to reconsider National Education Law

President Thein Sein sent a message to the parliament on January 20 requesting that parliament reconsider the National Education Law following demands from students and teachers to reduce centralization of the Myanmar education system and permit the establishment of organisations.

The Union parliament approved the National Education Law on September 30, 2014. Forty-six per cent of the law’s provisions were drawn by the parliament, and remaining 54 per cent were drawn by the Ministry of Education.

Shan, Kayah poppy planters seek crop replacement

Opium poppy planters in Shan and Kayah states have demanded crop-replacement programs to reduce their dependency on opium as soon as possible.

Throughout this January, poppy plantations along the Balu Chaung River located at the Shan-Kayah border have been targeted for elimination by soldiers from the No 261 Infantry Regiment under the Loikaw Regional Control Command.

On January 17, soldiers from No 261 Infantry Regiment destroyed 10.25 acres of opium plantations, then they destroyed another 6.5 acres on January 18.

Ministry to monitor oil transport with drones

The Energy Ministry said it will use drones to monitor the loading and unloading of oil at the Shwe Gas Project in Maday Island, Rakhine State, in order to detect and address spills if they occur.

Meanwhile, locals plan to protest if a spill occurs.

Two young Kachin teachers brutally raped and murdered in Shan State

Two young female volunteers from Kachin Baptist Convention (KBC) was brutally raped and killed in Kaungkhar village, Pan Sai Township, Muse District in northern Shan State on the night of January 19.

The two young teachers, aged 20 and 21, are from Wai Maw, Kachin State and Gyarmine Kaung refugee camp in Kachin State.