After the latest outbreak of interreligious violence between Buddhist and Muslim communities in Mandalay subsided, President U Thein Sein declared that the incident was incited by an unknown group whose motives remained similarly unclear.
The Yangon Region religious authorities have warned a prominent sayadaw that they will remove him from his monastery by force if he does not follow a State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee order to leave.
At least 20,000 more volunteer midwives need to be recruited and trained in the next year in order for the Ministry of Health’s to reach a 2015 target aimed at reducing maternal mortality, officials say.
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.
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.