Spring Revolution Local News – Jul 29 (Evening)

Summary of News

1. Union Minister U Htin Linn Aung says that the air force of the military council is gradually weakening

At the opening ceremony of the fundraising campaign to raise funds for three districts, Myingyan, Nyaungoo, and Meiktila, in rural Myanmar organised on July 28, U Htin Linn Aung, Union Minister for Communications, Information and Technology of the National Unity Government, said, “When we look at the military council’s air force, we can see that it is gradually weakening. We observe that, despite continuing to launch bombardments, they are doing so less frequently. We have facts about it. I’m saying according to the facts.”

It was discovered that the military cannot do maintenance on the planes it bought from Russia after all of their flight hours, and as a result, they are in a state where they might crash at any time, and even the pilots of the plane don’t dare to fly.

“Our side can install drones everywhere while their air force becomes weaker. Our revolution can even prevail in a few days if we can install 10 drones in every township,” Union Minister continued.

2. CRPH congratulates Khun Saw Hpu on his appointment as Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation

On Twitter, the Committee Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (CRPH) expressed congratulations to Khun Saw Hpu on his recent appointment as the Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation.

Khun Saw Hpu was officially appointed as the Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment Conservation by the CRPH at the July 28 Regular Meeting by exercising the democratic mandate from the people through the general election held in 2020 and in accordance with the Federal Democracy Charter.

3. PRA announces that 685,000 Thai baht (about 70 million kyats) donated by the public to purchase firearms were scammed

Bo Ja Pan, the commander of the People Revolution Army (PRA), a battalion of the People’s Defence Force (PDF), announced on July 28 that 685,000 Thai baht (about 70 million kyats) donated by the public to purchase firearms were scammed.

Bo Ja Pan revealed that the money scammer was Day Lay Soe (aka) Phoe Chit, who resides in the ethnic revolution area.

“The money was received from the ‘Dancing with Ladies’ Project to purchase a 60-mm mortar. The misuse of the money donated by the public is absolutely unacceptable. Consequently, I would like to request the help of the KNU organisation and other revolutionary communities to overcome this issue,” Bo Ja Pan said.

4. Over 24,000 buildings burned in the first half of 2023, with 72% in villages in Sagaing Division

According to the analysis report released by the Institute for Strategy and Policy-Myanmar (ISP-Myanmar) on July 28, during the more than two years of the military coup, a total of 81,899 buildings, including houses and religious buildings, were burned, about 30%, or about 24,138 buildings, of which occurred in the first six months of 2023.

More than 72% of all those burned across the country were in the villages of the Sagaing Division, with at least 59,225 buildings destroyed. Magway Division was the second-most affected region, with at least 12,550 houses and buildings being burned. Karen State came in third, with 2,161 buildings being burned.

5. Economic downturn makes rice storage illegal

Due to the decline of Myanmar’s economy since 2021, investors have flocked to invest in the rice industry, which is a basic need. In the milled rice season, the investors purchase it at market price and store it in huge quantities before selling it at the desired high price when there is a demand for rice in the market. This causes a shortage of rice in the market. As a result, the business of storing rice is required to be registered and subject to inspection; failure to do so is regarded as illegal rice storage.

Discussions about increasing rice production and registration on the rice storage businesses are currently being held among farmers, dealers, and mill owners, according to a rice exporter who was also involved in the discussions.

He said, “The main reason for the high price of domestic rice starts from where it is grown. After calculating how many acres are planted, how much yield is produced, and how much is required for the country’s population, surplus rice is exported. Even though rice yield and planting acres are underestimated in calculating, domestic rice price is still high. To be clearly, rice is disappeared. Presuming there was illegal rice storage, a workshop was held yesterday to try to figure it out.”

Traditional rice producers are concerned that restrictions on rice storage are being put in place to control the high-capital investors who entered the rice industry as a result of recent profits.

#Credit : Radio NUG

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