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.
Parliment has revised a colonial-era law that capped child support payments at just K100. Now, husbands sued for alimony will be on the hook for monthly payments of K50,000 per child and can be ordered to financially support their ex-wives as well.
The Dhamma School Foundation says it aims to establish more than 9000 Buddhist Sunday schools over the next five years, nearly quadrupling the current number. A rise in Buddhist nationalism has increased demand for Dhamma schools to instil the “right way” of living, according to the foundation. In the past few years, Sunday schools have been opened around the country. In Myanmar’s dry zone, a shortage of funding is proving an obstacle for the Magwe Dhamma Schools Committee.
On the night of January 14, in Aung Myay Tharzan township, Mandalay Region, a man was beaten to death by a frenzied mob who suspected him of stealing a child. Police say no children have been abducted, and more must be done to stop the spread of false rumours and get the truth out.
The Myanmar Times interviewed Police Colonel Thet Naung on the latest situation.
An official of the Ministry of Religious Affairs has cautioned that a graphic video posted on social media by nationalist monk U Wirathu dramatising the rape and murder of a Buddhist woman by Muslim men could lead to court action.