Fires break out in Yangon


Security beefed up in Sittwe

Police have tightened security in Sittwe as they have been tipped off about planned attacks in the town, according to the district police force.
More security forces have been deployed to prevent explosives being smuggled into the town.
“We are patrolling everywhere in Sittwe to prevent terrorists’ activities in the town. We want people not to worry about their safety,” said Police Lt-Colonel Win Naung, head of Sittwe district police force.

Precautions taken against ARSA: Defense Minister

Myanmar's Defense Minister Lt. Gen. Sein Win says precautious measures have already be taken against ARSA Bengali extremist terrorists as an one-month deadline set by the terrorist group for unilateral truce passed and any terror attack will be responded lawfully.

The defense minister answered reporters’ questions on October 9 when he attended a ceremony marking the World Tourism Day held in Nay Pyi Taw.

The minister said the unilateral truce was their own and wasn’t accepted officially.

Rallies to support State Counsellor over Rakhine issue held in Pathein and Sagaing

Rallies to support State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi in handling Myanmar’s affairs, including the peace process and the northern Rakhine conflict, have been held in Pathein and Sagaing.  

Officials of Ayeyawady Regional Government and parliamentarians participated in the rally in Pathein, which saw residents gathered on Shekhintha square in front of Pathein City Hall. The rally was aimed at supporting for Aung San Suu Kyi’s fair efforts in handling peace process and the recent conflict in northern Rakhine State.

Government power, transport, and communication projects coming to Maungdaw

The Rakhine State Government will increase effort to supply electric power and improve transport and communications in Maungdaw within one year, said Nyi Pu, Chief Minister of Rakhine State.

His remarks came from the discussions about all-round development in the Maungdaw border area during his meeting with the residents on October 7.

Yangon water bus services to be solved within one month: Chief Minister

Yangon Region Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein says it will fix the problems with the Yangon waterbus services within one month.

“The most crucial point is to ensure the safety of people and fair transport cost. This is our first step,” said Phyo Min Thein.

The current ticket fare for a single route is Ks300.

“The regional government is coordinating with the company to decrease the ticket fare for an additional route to Ks 200.” he noted.

Children to be immunised in November against Japanese encephalitis

An immunisation programme against Japanese Encephalitis will soon kick off throughout the country, according to the Ministry of Health and Sports.

The Ministry said it would also conduct research into the mosquitoes that carry the disease in parallel with the immunisation programme.

Children between ages five and 15 would get the vaccine from November 15 to 23, it added.

The mosquito-borne disease is common in regional countries such as China, India, Thailand, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore and active the whole year.

Medicines to be provided for Rakhine State

Medicine will be provided to Sittwe, Butheetaung, Maungdaw and Yathetaung townships in Rakhine State according to Ministry of Health and Sports.

In collaboration with World Health Organization and Ministry of Health of Myanmar, emergency medicine and medical equipment will be provided to Sittwe, Butheetaung, Maungdaw and Yathetaung townships. In September 26th, the first assistance has been provided. Depending on their needs, the second and third rounds of assistance will be made.

IDPs fear to go home


Internally displaced people still cannot go home, fearing ARSA Bengali terrorists, sources say.

Around 230 Mro people native to Kainggyi Mro village where eight villagers were reportedly killed by ARSA terrorists had opted to stay in makeshift huts near Kainggyi Rakhine village.

Administrator San Htun of Mro village said: “Our village is remote in the mountains. So it is difficult for security forces to travel there.”

He said some of his family members were killed by terrorists.

Maungdaw border trade on hiatus


Border trade at Maungdaw, Rakhine State, has been on hiatus since the ARSA Bengali terrorist group attacked over 30 border outposts on August 25, sources say.

Warehouses were reportedly filled with 20 boats worth of goods and merchants said they had informed the state government of their situation.

Aung Myint Thein, chairman of the Maungdaw border merchants’ association, said: “The trade came to a halt since August 25. It’s not suspended.”

Among the goods, ginger and dried fish were pilling, he added.