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.
Government ministries have outstanding debts amounting to more than US$500 million, a report prepared by the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw’s Public Account Joint Committee and read to parliament on July 16 showed.
An additional charge of sedition has been filed against former Minister for Religious Affairs U San Sint, who was allowed to meet his family for the first time since his June 19 arrest at a court hearing.
Facebook will expedite the translation of its community standards and guidelines into Myanmar language, in an effort to combat online hate speech following deadly unrest in Mandalay earlier this month.
The country’s first independent journalism institute has opened in Yangon, offering part-time courses to media professionals with full-time courses set to begin in December.
A top military official has laid blame for recent fighting in Shan State on the Shan State Army-North, saying the group trespassed onto land under government control in violation of a 2012 peace agreement.
Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Speaker Thura U Shwe Mann has urged stakeholders in the peace process to protect civilians through their actions, rather than their own interests, following repeated clashes between the Tatmadaw and various armed groups.