Senior clergy have launched a crackdown on mendicants who masquerade as monks to solicit money and food from passers-by, as well as abbots who send novices across the city to collect alms in popular tourist areas.
Which way to true democracy? The report of the electoral review commission set up to advise parliament on the voting system to be used in next year’s general election contains eight possible paths. Now MPs will have to choose which to follow.
The EU has refused to back away from plans to submit a resolution to the United Nations General Assembly on Myanmar’s human rights record, despite President U Thein Sein’s insistence that they are no longer needed.
Political parties will have a little over two months to ensure they comply with new rules that ban them from accepting non-citizens as members, says Union Election Commission chairman U Tin Aye.
Voters will mark their choice in next year’s general election by stamping the appropriate box, rather than making a tick or cross with a pen, the Union Election Commission has decided. Officials say the reason for the change is to reduce complaints of ambiguity.
The Union Election Commission has promised to extend the election campaign period from 30 to 60 days at the request of opposition parties but insisted that other restrictions on campaigning are needed to prevent unrest.
The MMCl is yet to consider a malpractice complaint against a prominent obstetrician and gynaecologist and private hospital, after the death of a newborn child earlier this month.
Minister for Information U Ye Htut has promised to raise the case of five journalists jailed on incitement charges with President U Thein Sein.