“I feel like I am in a different country. This place is very different from our poor region,” said U Kham Khan Thang, Pyithu Hluttaw representative for Chin State’s Tonzang township. It is his very first time in Nay Pyi Taw and, having grown up in a poor town in Chin State, he was taken aback by the grandeur of the buildings and electric lights all along the wide lanes of the nation’s capital.
It was a long wait for activists, embassy officials, family members and media gathered yesterday morning for the trial of former Saffron Revolution leader and political prisoner U Gambira, who has been arrested on immigration charges.
An outspoken former parliamentarian just won’t let his election loss go.
In a country now saturated with smartphones and an information-hungry population, it was only a matter of time before someone developed an app for civic engagement with the newly elected National League for Democracy-led government.
Civil service chiefs, themselves barely a year in the job, are getting ready to meet their new bosses. The permanent secretaries have been preparing for a changing of the guard since last November’s elections resulted in a landslide for the National League for Democracy.