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Electric power pylon at Biluchaung Hydropower Station in Kayah State, Myanmar. Photo: Ye Min/Mizzima
Electric power pylon at Biluchaung Hydropower Station in Kayah State, Myanmar. Photo: Ye Min/Mizzima

Electric power to the whole country was cut at about 1:30 pm on February 17 due to a breakdown of the national power grid between Pyinmana and Paunglaung in upper Myanmar, U Saw Win Maung, deputy chief engineer of the Yangon City Electricity Supply Board, told Mizzima. 

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Political prisoners Ko Aung Min Naing (L) and Ko Yan Naing Tun (R) are seen in front of Insein Prison after being released, Yangon, Myanmar, December 31, 2013. Photo: Lynn Bo Bo/EPA
Political prisoners Ko Aung Min Naing (L) and Ko Yan Naing Tun (R) are seen in front of Insein Prison after being released, Yangon, Myanmar, December 31, 2013. Photo: Lynn Bo Bo/EPA

The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners reports that as of the end of January, there were 213 activists awaiting trial and 159 political prisoners in Myanmar.

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An unidentified farmer showing raw opium in an opium poppy field in Lone Twel village, Loilen Township, Southern Shan State, Myanmar, December 13, 2014. Photo: Nyein Chan Naing/EPA

The Washington DC-based Transnational Institute has welcomed the Myanmar government’s recent decision to review their largely outdated drugs and related laws, according to a press release announcing the publication of a new report on February 16.

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 Students' column reaching Pyay Myo on road to Yangon on February 10, 2015. Photo: Hein Htet/Mizzima

Nay Pyi Taw – The Deputy Minister for Home Affairs told media on February 17 that legal action will be taken against those who breach the agreement of the four-party talks with students over amending the National Education Law.

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Military troops march as they clear the area in Chin Shwe Haw town of the Kokang-administered area, northern Shan State, Myanmar, February 16, 2015. Photo: Lynn Bo Bo/EPA
Military troops march as they clear the area in Chin Shwe Haw town of the Kokang-administered area, northern Shan State, Myanmar, February 16, 2015. Photo: Lynn Bo Bo/EPA

Nay Pyi Taw – The Pyidaungsu Hluttaw has condemned the actions of ‘Kokang renegades’ who attacked civilians, government troops and local security forces in the Laukkai area of Kokang in northern Shan State.

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Kachin Baptists welcome Reverend Roy Medley (C-L), the general secretary of American Baptist Churches, to Myitkyina on February 6, 2015. Photo: Jade Land, Gunhtang David
Kachin Baptists welcome Reverend Roy Medley (C-L), the general secretary of American Baptist Churches, to Myitkyina on February 6, 2015. Photo: Jade Land, Gunhtang David

The general secretary of the American Baptist Churches Reverend Roy Medley has called for a proper investigation into the murders of two Kachin teachers in Shan State, while on a recent visit to Kachin State, according to the Kachin News Group on February 16.