Saffron Revolution leader faces additional charges

U Gambira (aka Nyi Nyi Lwin), a Buddhist monk— who led the 2007 Saffron Revolution, was sent to Insein prison in Yangon’s from Obo Prison in Mandalay on June 29, according to police.

Daw Yay, mother of Nyi Nyi Lwin, said: “He was moved to Insein prison by car. His younger sister went to Yangon to meet him. His imprisonment is connected with the charges opened in 2012.”  

He has been charged under sections 427, 447 and 448 at Bahan township police station. He arrived at 11:30 am on 27 June in Yangon, his family confirmed.

Kachin students demand justice for murdered Gum Seng Aung

Students from Myitkyina and the All Burma Federation of Student Unions (Upper Myanmar) staged a protest on June 27 in Mandalay City, demanding justice for the death of Gum Seng Aung, a freshman and student at Myitkyina’s Computer University.

The protestors also demanded that the government investigate the student’s death.

JCMC-U meeting commences

The Union Joint Ceasefire Monitoring Committee (JCMC-U) began its two-day meeting at the National Reconciliation and Peace Centre (NRPC) in Yangon yesterday.  

According to the agenda, the meeting will discuss the formation of a task force to draw a three-year budget plan, the procedures for ceasefire monitoring, financial procedures, and plans for the formation of more JCMCs at region and state levels.   

Govt ends dam construction

The government has suspended the construction of dams and mainly focused on the maintenance and the effective use of the existing ones, the state-owned newspapers quoted Dr Tun Win, deputy minister for livestock, agriculture and irrigation.

Suu Kyi meets Thai junta boss

State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi met Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to discuss border policy and signed three memorandums of understanding on labour affairs.

She also met foreign minister Don Pramudwinai.

Later she gave a talk on “Myanmar, Asean and the World: The Way Forward” to students from various universities.

The media representatives were positioned too far from Suu Kyi and could not hear the content of her speech.

Lower House Speaker demands justice

The Lower House Speaker Win Myint told Tamwe Township, Yangon Region, on June 23 that the rule of law would help stamp out corruption.

“I want fair and unbiased justice for crimes, including drug offences,” said Win Myint. "I’ve read news about two old women who were murdered but the case has not been solved.

"People need to believe in the judiciary or they will turn to others for justice, which will boost bribery and corruption."

Upper House MP loses seat in UEC ruling

The leader of the New Democratic Army Kachin, Zahkung Ting Ying, was found guilty of breaching electoral law in the 2015 election by a Union Election Commission tribunal. The independent candidate Yawna was deemed to have won the seat. 

Yawna said: “I thank the UEC for judging it fairly. We complained that he did not comply with electoral law. He got 5,000 votes while I got 3,000 for the Upper House seat in Chipwi, Hsawlaw and Injangyang townships." 

Graft-busting body coming soon: Speaker

The 2013 Anti-Corruption Law is set to be amended, Win Myint, the Lower House Speaker, told Tamwe residents in Yangon on June 23. 

Win Myint said the plan was to form a new anti-corruption commission to ensure the rule of law, including 15 members chosen by the president and the two Speakers.

A member of the Lower House bill committee said: “The Upper House has already sent the bill amending the Anti-Corruption Law. Minor changes are being made, just terms and wording."