An artillery shell that landed in Kin Taung (Muslim) village, Buthidaung Township, early on January 25 killed two villagers and injured seven others, according to family members of the victims.

Tobacco cultivation was once fairly commonplace in the township, but in recent years the ranks of tobacco farmers have declined, according to U Aung Kyaw Min, who once grew tobacco himself.

A non-optimal security environment has hampered implementation of the Kaladan Multi-Modal Transit Transport Project amid ongoing clashes in parts of Arakan and Chin states, according to Indian Ambassador to Myanmar H.E Shri Saurabh Kumar.

The Union Supreme Court has rejected a final special appeal for prominent Arakanese politician Dr. Aye Maung and writer Wai Hun Aung, who were sentenced last year to 20 years in prison for high treason and incitement.

Authorities are struggling to issue fishing licenses in strife-torn Arakan State, according to U Soe Naing, head of the Department of Fisheries in the state.

The Tatmadaw True News Information Team’s secretary, Brig-Gen Zaw Min Tun, has said that the military does not undertake offensive maneuvers using Mrauk-U’s ancient pagodas as bases of operation.

Political leaders this week said that although successive Myanmar governments including the current administration have promised to form a federal Union, none has had a systematic framework for introducing it.

On January 21, the Union Minister Dr Win Myat Aye and Arakan State government's officials made the site inspection trip to the area where the University would be built.

The Arakan Army has denied an accusation made by the Tatmadaw that the ethnic armed group this week set fire to a motor vehicle and abducted the driver in Ann Township, Arakan State.

The Sittwe District Court will rule on January 24 in a case involving 13 people who have been on trial for more than nine months, facing charges under Section 17(1) and (2) of the Unlawful Associations Act, according to lawyer U Tun Hla.


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