Hoteliers at Ngapali in southern Rakhine State have warned that beaches in the area could be irrevocably damaged unless the authorities stop allowing sand to be taken for construction projects.
In a harsh report this week summing up her latest mission to Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, the UN special rapporteur for human rights, noted “a growing atmosphere of fear, distrust and hostility” and urged the government to reverse what she called “the current slide towards extreme nationalism, religious hatred and conflict”.
Thirty ministries are set to be appointed permanent secretaries, who will become the highest-ranking civil servants.
A government resettlement program for IDPs in Rakhine State is not expected to move forward in 2015 as scheduled, aid workers and displaced people say, in part due to election-year politics and resistance to a citizenship verification program.
After her attacker was sentenced to life in prison, US teacher Kristen Shaffer has emerged from her ordeal and is urging others to speak up.
Old habits die hard. Even as the crystalline water gushes unbounded from the newly installed taps, to the delight of old and young alike, some of the parents are worried: What if it dries up again?