Regions struggle with flood aftermath and dwindling supplies as government appeals for international help.
The opposition NLD has gained in strength since 2010 elections widely seen as unfair.
The drugs, worth over $100 million, are found in an abandoned truck on a highway north of Yangon.
He has entered charges of arbitrary detention on behalf of those arrested during a peaceful protest for education reform in Letpadan.
The two sides will meet again during the first week of August to hammer out remaining areas of contention.
China protests the punishments and calls for the return of its citizens.
Ruling party negotiators say a final cease-fire deal should be signed before the Nov. 8 general elections.
The duo receives the maximum punishment under the country’s media law.
Ko Ko Gyi will run under the NLD and claims charges against him are politically motivated.
Many garment factory owners say the increase could force them to shut their doors.
They say ongoing attacks by government troops will force them to take the offensive.
Earlier reports that he would not consider another term because of health reasons were inaccurate.
The NLD may back off constituencies where its allies have a ‘strong potential.’
Armed ethnic groups doubt that a nationwide cease-fire accord can be signed before elections in November.
But with four months to prepare, voters express doubts that polls will be free and fair.
Opponents say the legislation is discriminatory and not in line with human rights standards.
The fighting comes as government representatives and armed ethnic groups continue to discuss a nationwide peace accord.