A joint attempt by the government and private sector to solve many of the problems of Yangon’s traffic congestion is close to collapse.
Most Union Solidarity and Development Party MPs and government ministers have been nominated by the party to stand again in this year’s election, a senior official said yesterday, although it appears likely some older members will step aside.
A major ethnic group has complained of being left out of the six-way talks on revising the constitution. On April 22, the Shan Nationalities League for Democracy (SNLD) issued a statement criticising the representative of ethnic groups taking part in the talks.
A human rights group lobbied the United States on April 22 to rank Myanmar among the worst human trafficking offenders in the world for “driving” ethnic minorities into the slave trade.
Yangon’s Kyaikkasan sports ground – a former racecourse – is until April 26 playing host to a combat sport where cutthroat-sharp glass wire is a key ingredient to success and the winner is the last kite standing.
An urgent meeting has been convened to stop fighting in Kachin State that has been raging for nearly a week. Representatives of the government and the Kachin Independence Organisation will meet in Myitkyina, Kachin State, within days.
The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) process is to be expanded to the state and region level by May, starting with Mandalay Region, it was announced yesterday.
While nominally independent under new law, medical council will comprise mostly government officials.