Long-awaited census data on religion,kept hushed for nearly two years for fear it would “shatter” stability,was finally released yesterday.The numbers were met with relief,scepticism and, mostly, confusion, as the data reflected notably miniscule changes in balance since the previous counts despite the lapse of decades.
An imprisoned reporter for the BBC’s Myanmar-language service was released yesterday after a judge in Mandalay Region commuted the three-month sentence. Ko Nay Myo Lin was imprisoned following an altercation with a police officer last year during student protests.
In a bamboo stilt house surrounded by kayaks, bicycles and other trappings of nature tourism, Zwe Zaw Zaw Hein is teaching village children about the value of their local environment, a desperate bid to save the wildlife rich expanse of Indawgyi Lake from destruction.
A Myanmar Times investigation reveals the country’s largest lake could shrink by one-third within 10 years as illicit gold mining in the area around Indawgyi reserve pollutes the lake, threatening endangered species and denting hopes of UNESCO recognition.
“Better late than never”, residents of Rakhine State might well be saying after the state government reveals its “100-day” initiatives today, having postponed the public disclosure three times previously.
With the deadline to register for temporary work permits swiftly approaching, migrant workers in Thailand say they are being subjected to a rash of police raids.