Violent clashes broke out in northern Yangon as armed men, apparently hired by a landowner, forcibly drove off residents before destroying their homes with bulldozers.
U Tin Aye, chair of the Union Election Commission and a retired lieutenant general, talks to chief political correspondent Ei Ei Toe Lwin about the forthcoming elections – on his hopes that people will vote with their heads not hearts, why he does not see the right person to reform the country, how the Tatmadaw must accept the results of the vote, and on his life-long attachment to his military uniform.
Fighting persisted in the Kokang border region over the weekend despite a unilateral ceasefire declared by ethnic Chinese rebels, with little sign so far that Myanmar intends to heed China’s calls on both sides to negotiate a settlement.
Thousands protests in nine townships, with largest demonstration held in state capital Sittwe amid heavy rain.
A new tourism law is to be submitted to parliament later this year, the government says.
As the death toll of the virus MERS-CoV edges toward 500, Myanmar health authorities have been tightening up their border procedures to protect the country from infection.
Government sceptical of rebels’ truce offer while U Aung Min snubs informal meet in Chiang Mai.