Many still remember that one of the most famous dams built in Shan State known as Tasang. The construction of Tasang Dam on Salween was started in 2010, approximately 10 km from Mongton, southern Shan State. Recently, the Tasang Dam has been relocated and renamed “Mongton Hydroelectric Power Project”. According to Shan Saphawa, a Shan environmental organization, reports that due to this project, not less than 8 townships located along the Salween River would be submerged in the water; and now relocation of the locals have been started.
Villagers were recently arrested by Nasaka (Burma’s border security force) for watching movies in a commercial video room while school examinations were taking place, according one eye witness who didn’t want their name used.
Burmese and Bangladeshi border security forces held a flag meeting on Sunday for four Bangladeshi citizens including three policemen detained by the Burmese Nasaka but Burma did not release them, said border sources.
Although the Myanmar government is relaxing the rules for citizens’ passport application process, former prisoners and people with criminal records still have to show ex-prisoners documents to apply for travel documents.
Three Bangladeshi policemen and one civilian have been missing since March 13 after being arrested by Burma’s Nasaka for accidently crossing the border into Burma. Meanwhile the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) was placed on high alert while they investigated the case of the missing men, according to Hossain, a local trader.
Since yesterday (March 15) Burma Army were shelling heavy artilleries targeting at Loi Naga mountain ranges, where Shan State Army Homong bases are located in southern Shan State, sources from Restoration Council of Shan State/Shan State Army (RCSS/SSA) said.
The Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (General Assembly) accepted President Thein Sein's recommendations for the 2013-Minimum Wage Bill, according to a report in the state-run newspaper The New Light of Myanmar on March 19.
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