Plane carrying banknote paper expected to arrive in Myanmar
Myanmar local media reports that a plane, containing materials to print Myanmar Kyat banknotes, is due to arrive in Nay Pyi Taw tonight (Wednesday).
Khit Thit News Media cites sources from within the junta-led government saying that the materials were sourced from Uzbekistan and the shipment is to be heavily guarded by security forces in Nay Pyi Taw.
Online flight tracking sites, such as Flight Aware, do not yet show any flights, apart from local ones, heading to Nay Pyi Taw Airport on the night of March 30th.
Minting materials were previously provided by Germany-based Giesecke Devrient, but the company is now refusing to deal with the Myanmar government due to the coup and subsequent breaches of human rights.
In related reporting, local news media say that minting facilities, such as that in the Magwe Region, have recently come under the strict protection of military personnel and measures are in place to ensure that the frequent power cuts faced by citizens do not affect the printing of money.
While anti-junta forces have largely scaled down their operations in major cities, such as Yangon and Mandalay, rural areas across the nation regularly see fighting.
Following the leak of internal documents on social media, The Irrawaddy reported on March 29th that the military regime has enacted a law that will force police officers to fight on the frontlines.
There have also been allegedly leaked documents, widely circulated on social media, mainly on Facebook, indicating that the military is attempting to organise more fighting forces by forming civilian groups and organisations, who will be armed if necessary.
Netizens comment that these are signs of a lack of sustainable manpower in the Tatmadaw (Myanmar military) and that the army has been seeing regular casualties, defectors and fewer new recruits.