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DC-based Transnational Institute has welcomed the Myanmar government’s recent decision to review their largely outdated drugs and related laws, according to a press release announcing the publication of a new report on February 16.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