Dusk is falling, and the smell of the pines is strong. Everybody in this village in the Shan mountains is gazing expectantly at the imposing brick-built monastery.
Following the in-principle signing of the nationwide ceasefire agreement in Yangon last month, attention is now turning to a planned ethnic leaders’ meeting in the United Wa State Army headquarters, Pangkam, in the first week of May.
Four of Ngapali’s premier hotels sit on land that was confiscated by the Tatmadaw in 1996, ostensibly for the expansion of a compound occupied by No 55 Infantry Regiment.
The long-awaited constitutional amendment bill will be debated in parliament after the current session resumes on May 11, a senior member of the Constitutional Amendment Implementation Committee has confirmed.
A young education activist has been barred by the government from representing Myanmar at a major ASEAN youth forum.
The government plans to appoint more high-ranking bureaucrats to spearhead its civil service reform efforts, a senior official said yesterday, as 11 new permanent secretaries began taking up their positions.
The Rohingya “crisis” has all the warning signs of genocide, regional parliamentarians have warned in a new report, adding that ASEAN can no longer afford to ignore what is now a regional issue.
Electoral officials have hailed the low percentage of complaints received following the release of provisional voters’ lists in 10 Yangon townships.
Myanmar’s budding reputation for press freedom has suffered another blow, as the Committee to Project Journalists yesterday ranked the nation among the world’s top-10 worst censorship offenders.