President U Thein Sein has turned down the K5 million a month salary proposed in a new bill governing salaries of senior state officials. Instead, he asked the finance ministry to set a “moderate” sum, a deputy minister says.
Switzerland will provide nearly US$2 million over the next three years to support Myanmar in improving social and environmental responsibility in the economy, the country’s Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research said last month.
The European Commission has promised to increase humanitarian support to Myanmar’s conflict areas but issued a harsh assessment of conditions in IDP camps in Rakhine State, likening them to the Jewish ghettos set up by the Nazis.
Kachin peace activists May Sabe Phyu and Jaw Gun were last week ordered to pay a K10,000 kyat fine for their role in organising a march to mark International Day of Peace in September 2012 but escaped a possible jail term.