Hypothesised state divisions that should make up the federal Union yesterday dominated discussions at the second day of the Mai Ja Yang summit, a major gathering of ethnic armed groups in Kachin State.
To help combat malnutrition in children, the government will strengthen early childhood care and development services. U Aung Kyaw Moe, director of the Department of Social Welfare in the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement told The Myanmar Times on July 26 that a training program had been developed for that purpose.
The creation of a Department of Public Health and a Department of Medical Care under the U Thein Sein government has delayed service at the township level, said Union Minister for Health and Sport U Myint Htwe.
Tatmadaw officers and civilian brokers who recruit or otherwise procure child soldiers in violation of international law should face imprisonment, a United States government report has recommended. Instead, they say, it is the children themselves who can face jail for “deserting” from their forced service.
Police in Malaysia have released 15 Myanmar migrant workers who were detained earlier this month as suspects in the grisly murder of four of their compatriots in Penang during an apparent botched robbery attempt, according to a statement from the Myanmar embassy in Kuala Lumpur.
A plan to repatriate over 700 additional Myanmar workers from Malaysia has been cancelled due to lack of funding, according to an embassy statement.