Peace negotiators say they're optimistic a Yangon meeting will be the penultimate round of talks before a ceasefire draft is complete, but ruled out the chance of finalising an agreement in the coming days.
Girls and young women in brightly coloured dresses and laden with food parcels, many heavy with vermicelli pudding, dodge the rain in Meiktila.
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 unclear.
The Ministry of Information has proposed new rules for advertising aimed at cracking down on poor-quality products and fake promotions, but sources in marketing and ad sales say they may prove difficult to implement and harm local businesses.
Leaders of a century-old organisation central to the country’s independence struggle are mired in conflict, leading to the expulsion of central executive committee members and the launching of an inquiry into alleged corruption.
The Pyidaungsu Hluttaw has approved a US$80 million loan from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to upgrade the Maubin-Pyapon road in Ayeyarwady Region, and could get another $120 million for a road in Kachin State.