In a dramatic redrafting of local governance, the Ministry of Home Affairs has agreed to at least partially relinquish control of the police, the Bureau of Special Investigations, the Fire Service Department, the Prison Department and the General Administration Department (GAD).
A local lawmaker in Sagaing Region said yesterday that although the measles outbreak in the Naga Self-Administered Zone is under control in Lahe township, neighbouring Nanyun township is still struggling to contain and treat a spate of illnesses, which some are now saying is not the same malady.
The five-day Panglong Conference kicks off tomorrow in Nay Pyi Taw. The event is the National League for Democracy’s inaugural bid at national reconciliation – a point it has called a priority since taking office in April – and both hopes and tensions are running high in the lead-up.
Tens of millions of kyat will be needed in order to repair pagodas in Rakhine State’s Mrauk-U after they were damaged by last week’s earthquake, government experts have warned. Some religious buildings in Mrauk-U are at risk of collapse and need urgent restoration work, says the district Archaeology, Library and Museum Department.
The United Nationalities Federal Council – an alliance of seven ethnic armed groups that did not sign last year’s nationwide ceasefire agreement – will not be allowed deliver opening remarks at the Panglong Conference which starts tomorrow in Nay Pyi Taw, the government has announced.
Yangon Region’s parliament focused its attention yesterday on a show of support for the upcoming Panglong Conference. The three-hour long event was attended by MPs, officials from the National League for Democracy regional office and civil society groups.
Tomorrow, the National League for Democracy-led government kicks off its long-awaited peace conference, called the "21st century Panglong Conference". The Myanmar Times traces the steps between the last Panglong summit of February 1947 to now:
Convened in February 1947, the original Panglong Conference is often feted as a unifying of “Burma proper” with the nation’s “frontier areas”, the former primarily the domain of the Bamar majority and the latter home to a plethora of ethnic minorities.