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.

Army moves to end underage recruitment

The army has taken action against 327 soldiers who were involved in underage recruitment last year.

The Tatmadaw is now escalating efforts to remove underage soldiers with 50 officers and 277 non-commissioned ranks facing charges.

The initiative allowed 42 child soldiers to resign on January 23, meaning 418 troops in total have left since last January. Myanmar and the UN agreed in June 2012 to block child recruitment.

Students win support on march to Yangon

Students marching from Mandalay to Yangon in protest against the National Education Bill reached Natogyi, where residents joined the protest.

The students started their march on January 20, spending nights in Paleik, Kyaukse, Myittha and Pyinsi. Along their way the students were welcomed with garlands and served refreshments.

Investigation continues into teacher murders

The police investigating the rape and murder of two Kachin teachers in Muse district, upper Shan State, but there had not been any new development, a senior officer from Muse District Police Office told the Daily Eleven.

"We're still interviewing the suspects. We cannot talk about this in detail yet," said the officer.

None of the suspects under investigation has been detained.