Starting next month, Kayah State’s Municipal Development Department will no longer be levying a tollgate fee before the entrance to the towns and the city in the state, according to an announcement from the department. Instead, drivers will have to pay a “wheel” tax before re-licensing their vehicles.
Office of Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services issued a press release which said a military column had found and seized 1,000 tons of abandoned illegal logs and trucks which were used in illegal logging in northern Shan State near Mabane Township on March 18 and 19 while they were performing security operations.
Following accusations of extrajudicial killings and the mass abduction of civilians in northern Shan State’s Kyaukme district by the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA), 35 local civil society organizations (CSOs) have released a statement, urging all armed groups to refrain from using civilians as weapons of war.
The 16th Congress of the Karen National Union (KNU) is underway. Karen News spoke to Karen leaders to get their opinions on the election for a new leadership that will come out during the Congress.
Naw K’nyaw Paw, (Secretary, Karen Women Organization)
“The Karen National Union represents all Karen people. Thus, the person who is going to become the leader of the Karen people must be broad minded. He or she has to respect everyone’s opinions and criticism. They have to be co-operative. They have to be able to look back at what has been done and rebuild or rearranges thing if it needs to be done. This is the responsibilities for the person who is going to become a leader of all Karen people – we have to find the right leader now.”