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Parts of Chin State cut off after heavy rain

Northern parts of Chin State have been temporarily cut off as roads were damaged by torrential rain recently, according to sources.

“A landslide took place near Thainggnin village. The Waibu road was blocked last night. We had to stop repair work as it rained heavily last night,” said Moe Zaw Soe, an official from Falam District.

Roads such as the Kalay-Natchaung-Waibula-Falam road, the Kalay-Thainggnin-Falam-Hakha road and the Kalay-Thainggnin-Titane-Yi road connect northern parts of Chin State to Kalay.

Rural residents to be educated in IT

 

The deputy minister for transport and communication has announced that residents of rural areas will be educated in information technology starting from 2018.

Deputy Minister Kyaw Myo said: “We will train rural residents to be able to use digital devices.”

Moreover, telecommunication infrastructure will also be extended to the countryside, he said.

Some rural residents have been receiving education about using Facebook and other social media, protecting private information and using mobile phones since last year, he added.

Depression to form in Bay of Bengal

A depression is likely to form in last week of September in the Bay of Bengal, according to a forecast made by the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology (DMH).

Passport application process delayed by security upgrades

 

Passport application processes have been delayed as authorities are upgrading security systems for passports, sources said.

People have had to queue to apply for their passports because security systems are upgraded, not because people are applying for passports, said an official from the passport issuing office.

Beans spill on road as truck overturns

 

An 18-wheel truck loaded with beans crashed and overturned in Mingaladon Township, Yangon, on Sunday night, covering the road with beans, sources say.

The truck slid while avoiding a Honda Fit and turned over.

The three passengers in the truck and three passengers in the Honda Fit were hurt and are received treatment from the Pale fire department.

An official at the department said: “twenty of us had to collect the spilled bean bags. The road was jammed for an hour and a half.”

Anti-animal trafficking forum held in Mandalay

 

A forum on controlling animal trafficking has been held in Mandalay, reports say.

The September 18 forum was jointly organised by the Forestry Department and the Wildlife Conservation Society.

The forum centred on fighting the illegal trade of animals and their organs on the Mandalay-Lashio-Muse road.

Myint Thein, the director of the Forestry Department, said: “The animal trade is the largest illegal trade in the world behind drugs, arms and human trafficking. The Mandalay-Muse road is one of the most active trade routes in the country.”

Some closed schools in Maungdaw Township to be reopened

 

Some closed schools in Maungdaw Township will be reopened on September 19 as peace and stability has been restored, according to District Education Officer Office.

Ohn Myint, Maungdaw Township Education Officer said: “We will open around seven schools. We relocated the displaced taking shelter at schools to other places in order that we can reopen closed schools.”

ARSA Bengali extremists burns down rural health clinic

KITSAPA- ARSA Bengali extremists burned down a rural health clinic and also destroyed two buildings of rural health department in Maundaw Township, according to the health department.
 
Those ARSA Bengali terrorists had attacked 30 security outposts in Maungdaw Township on August 25th leaving guards, departmental staff and innocent ethnics deaths and injury.
 

Yangon residents protest against international interference in Rakhine affairs

Monks and people staged a protest against extremist terror attacks and international interventions in Rakhine affairs, in front of Yangon City Hall in Yangon yesterday.

A monk said: “Rakhine affair is our country’s affair. The situation is just like house owner is afraid of tenant. So we hold this ceremony.”

Mandalay workers march for minimum wage

Around 1,000 workers staged a protest in Mandalay yesterday, demanding six points, including the daily minimum wage of Ks 3,600.

Among the other demands were protection for labour unions, the establishment of labour courts, laws to ensure worksite safety, and rules to penalize employers who dismiss workers unfairly.