After the latest outbreak of interreligious violence between Buddhist and Muslim communities in Mandalay subsided, President U Thein Sein declared that the incident was incited by an unknown group whose motives remained similarly unclear.
A joint delegation of police officers from Myanmar and Bangladesh have returned from a training course in the United States focused on improving border security.
Some Mandalay residents have criticised the government for being too slow to respond to rumours that sparked recent violence in the city, after state media reported on July 20 that allegations of rape against Muslim teashop owners had been fabricated.
At least 20,000 more volunteer midwives need to be recruited and trained in the next year in order for the Ministry of Health’s to reach a 2015 target aimed at reducing maternal mortality, officials say.
Mandalay police chiefs have promised stiff penalties for police found to be extorting money from the public during curfew, which was imposed following communal unrest on July 1.