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Farmland and irrigation issues topped the discussion of MPs and ministers Friday at the Pyithu Hluttaw People’s Parliament. Myin Mu Constituency Representative U Soe San Thet Tun raised the issue of insufficient irrigation in the farmlands of Myin Mu. The MP is complaining about the 421 million kyat Lat Pan Dam built in 2004 that cost some private farmlands to give way to construction of canals. The dam was estimated to irrigate some 2,500 acres of farm and crop lands but can only supply water to just 35 to 50 acres at present.

The Embassy of Israel in Yangon marked Israel’s 68th Independence Day in Yangon on Thursday.

Israel Independence Day was celebrated on the 5th day of Iyar in the Hebrew Calendar, which was on 14th May 1948. 

The Yangon City Development Committee will set up Water Supply Zones with a capacity of distributing more than 500 million gallons a day, Myanma Alin daily reports citing an official from the Civil and Land Management Department.

Currently, Yangon is dwelled by more than 5 million people and the city council has to distribute more than 200 million of water a day,  which are sourced from Gyophyu and PhooGyi lakes, NgamoeYeik reservoir, Nyaung Hna Pin Water Treatment Plant and Hlaw Gay lake.   

The Seventh Workers' Party Congress kicked off in Pyongyang on Friday. The congress started at around 9:00 a.m. local time at the April 25th House of Culture, a large congressional hall in central Pyongyang. Signature Workers' Party flags and propaganda advertising the start of the congress could be seen around the capital.  Pyongyang residents welcomed the start of the congress, paying the usual homage to their leader, Kim Jong Un.

One adult was fatally shot and a second person was wounded on Thursday (May 5), in a shooting on the grounds of a high school in Maryland that "appears to be a domestic-related" incident, police said. The Prince George's County Police Department said it received reports of gunfire at High Point High School in the community of Beltsville, Maryland, about 15 miles northeast of Washington. Further details were not available. It was not immediately clear what triggered the shooting, or whether students were involved.

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Updated on: 11:21AM, May 06 2016
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