Loans of US$45 million from French development agency AFD and $60 million from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) are expected to receive parliamentary approval in the coming weeks to improve Mandalay’s water supply, garbage disposal systems and transportation systems.
Voters should be given the chance to confirm or reject parliament’s decision to make a one-word change to the constitution during the general election, Speaker Thura U Shwe Mann told MPs yesterday.
Amnesty international has condemned Southeast Asian governments for failing to sufficiently protect refugees and migrants, one month after a key regional summit on the crisis that saw thousands of people stuck adrift at sea in dire conditions.
Ceasefire talks have created new problems in Kayin areas, including confiscation of previously insaccessible property.
A prominent parliamentarian yesterday attended the murder trial of a famous actor and director, who stands accused of killing a woman from the MP’s constituency.
The Japanese government has donated nearly US$900,000 to fund the purchase of solar-powered lamps to help electoral officials count votes overnight in the coming elections.