NLD Sues USDP's By-Election Winner in Yangon over Bribery Claim
A former National League for Democracy candidate is suing the opposition party candidate who beat him in the recent by-election in Yangon's Seikkan Township for breaching the electoral law. In the Nov. 3 by-election, U Nay Myo Aung of the main opposition Union Solidarity and Development Party beat the NLD's U Than Htike Aung in Seikkan, a constituency the ruling party won in the 2015 general election.
Home Ministry Vetting Ex-Generals' Application to Form Party, Election Body Says
The Union Election Commission said the military-run Home Affairs Ministry was reviewing an application by a trio of ex-generals to form a political party. U Soe Maung, U Lun Maung and U Kyaw Thu, all former generals and ministers, applied to form the National Political Party in August.
Rohingya Shot In Camp In Bangladesh
Rohingya refugee children shout slogans during a protest against repatriation efforts, Unchiprang refugee camp near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, Nov. 15, 2018. Reports of shootings, allegedly by Myanmar police, at a camp for Rohingya refugees in Rakhine state have sparked concern by United Nations officials.
Highlights of 2nd Taolu World Cup in Yangon, Myanmar
Gold-medalist Eyin Phoon of Malaysia, silver-medalist Sandy Oo of Myanmar and bronze-medalist Keiko Yamaguchi of Japan pose during the awarding ceremony for the Women's Qiangshu at the 2nd Taolu World Cup 2018 in Yangon, Myanmar, Nov. 18, 2018.
Myanmar police shoot, injure four in raid on Rohingya camp - witness
Rohingya Muslim children and elders gather at a refugee in Rakhine state during the Eid al-Adha celebrations on August 22, 2018. YANGON: Myanmar police shot and injured four Rohingya Muslims on Sunday , after detaining two men accused of smuggling people out of a camp for displaced people in western Rakhine state, a witness and police told Reuters.
Myanmar detains Rohingyas fleeing to Malaysia by boat
Kyauktan , Nov 16 : Dozens of Rohingyas were detained by the Myanmar police on Friday after they came ashore in the country's Kyauktan region. Over 100 members of the mostly Muslim minority were arrested and put into trucks by the police after their boat, bound for Malaysia, lost its way and washed up near Kyautktan, about 30 km south of Yangon, Efe news reported.
Boat of Refugees Destined for Malaysia Brought Ashore Near Yangon
More than 100 Rohingya Muslims found aboard an overcrowded boat destined for Malaysia early on Friday morning are being held in a cyclone shelter in Thante village in Yangon's Kyauktan Township, according to a regional lawmaker. Local authorities found a boat carrying 106 Rohingya-including 25 children, 50 men and 31 women-near Thante village, inland from the Gulf of Martaban, at around 4am, according to Daw Thet Thet Mu, Yangon regional lawmaker of Kyauktan.
Three Bombs Found in Taunggyi amid Fire Balloon Festival
At least three bombs packed in attache cases were found Friday in Taunggyi, southern Shan State, where the annual fire balloon festival is currently being held. A local politician told The Irrawaddy he saw bomb squad officers checking one case that was found in front of Taunggyi's Central Market.
Stunning Landscapes from Across the Globe Now Exhibiting at The Secretariat
An exhibition of photographs of epic landscapes and breathtaking scenes of nature from across the globe by a local photographer is now on display at The Secretariat in downtown Yangon. Our World Through My Lens is photographer U Ye Naing Wynn's first solo exhibition.
Lawmaker Urges Scrutiny of Railway Purchase from China
A lawmaker sounded a warning on Thursday about the government's plan to purchase railway carriages from China using loans from Beijing, saying steps must be taken to ensure that the price of the carriages is fair. Lawmakers in the Lower House on Thursday discussed the Ministry of Transport and Communications' plan to accept a no-interest loan of 80 million yuan from China in order to buy the carriages.
Rohingya refugee camp quiet after Bangladesh delays return
Normal life returned to a Rohingya Muslim refugee camp in Bangladesh on Friday, a day after government authorities postponed plans to begin repatriating residents to Myanmar when no one volunteered to go. United Nations officials and international aid agencies praised the government of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who hopes to retain power in elections next month, for upholding a commitment not to force the repatriation.
Report: Over 100 Rohingya Muslims arrested on boat
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Wreaths of Remembrance Laid at Yangon War Cemetery
Wreaths of red poppies have been laid for November, the month of remembrance, at a little-known war memorial cemetery in Sanchaung, Yangon in commemoration of 1,381 soldiers who lost their lives here fighting for the Allies during the first and second world wars. The cemetery, located down a small lane near the Hanthawaddy Roundabout on Pyay Road, commemorates the lives of soldiers from various countries who fought with the Allies, including a small number of Myanmar soldiers.
Development Foundation Returns 3.3B Kyats to Irrawaddy Govt
A development foundation led by ministers of the previous Irrawaddy Region government has returned 3.3 billion kyats, which it had held in banks, to the current regional government. The Ayeyarwady Health and Education Multi-Developments Foundation has to give back a total of 5.2 billion kyats, which former Irrawaddy Region Chief Minister U Thein Aung allegedly transferred to the foundation before handing power to the new government in early 2016.
Myanmar's ASEAN partners 'indirectly critical' of Rohingya issue - Mahathir
By Massita Ahmad SINGAPORE, Nov 15 -- Myanmar's partners in the 10-member ASEAN are "indirectly critical" of and "concerned" over the Rohingya issue, Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said here Thursday. They hope that the Rohingya can return safely , he said at the conclusion of the 33rd ASEAN Summit and Related Summits here.
Two Badly Burned as Fireworks Fall on Crowd at Balloon Festival
At least two people were seriously injured when a frame carrying fireworks fell from a hot-air balloon onto a crowd of onlookers on the opening day of the annual Fire Balloon Festival in Taunggyi, southern Shan State, on Wednesday. According to the festival committee, a frame carrying about 50 kg of burning fireworks fell from the fire balloon belonging to the Dat-Khae team onto a crowd of spectators below.
Govt to Name Finalists For Yangon Elevated Expressway Project This Month
Companies shortlisted for a contract to build an elevated expressway in Yangon aimed at alleviating the city's traffic woes will be named by the end of the month, the Construction Ministry said Thursday. A total of 12 local and international companies submitted prequalification applications between early September and Tuesday to develop Phase 1 of the project.
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