Tourism authorities are planning a big shake-up in southern Shan State, cracking down on hotels and transportation companies offering tourism services without a licence. The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism in the state says it will take legal action against offenders.
A 300-bed drug rehabilitation centre in downtown Mandalay is one of four set to open this year in an effort to boost rehabilitation-focused medical treatment and counseling services for drug users, according to an official.
A senior military official yesterday defended security forces’ use of lethal force in Rakhine State, saying recent killings were an appropriate response in cases where they have encountered weapons-wielding hostiles.
Directly contradicting the experience of many reporters, including those at The Myanmar Times, Minister for Information U Pe Myint announced yesterday that the media has not been restricted within the conflict areas in Rakhine State. Military officials, however, did acknowledge that they have made reporters delete photos that they have deemed a security risk.
Police have announced a crackdown on ferry operators in the wake of the loss of the Aung Soe Moe Kyaw 2, which went down in the Chindwin River on October 15 with the confirmed loss, so far, of dozens of passengers.
Rights groups are concerned that “blatant falsehoods” in state media could exacerbate tensions in Rakhine State, after The Global New Light of Myanmar published a denial that Muslim residents face restrictions on their movements and are refused access to vital services.