The government has ruled out opening negotiations with the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA), a Kokang armed group, following clashes that have left scores of soldiers dead on both sides.
Final arguments in the “Buddha bar” court case are expected in early March, with the bar’s New Zealand manager and two Myanmar nationals facing more than four years’ prison.
Earthquake experts met in Yangon this week to draw up plans to limit the damage that a seismic event could inflict on the city and its inhabitants.
The Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team has delayed informal peace talks that were due to start in Chiang Mai today, in a move that is likely to push back the next formal meeting – and any chance of signing a nationwide ceasefire – to at least early March.
Hluttaw Speaker Thura U Shwe Mann has acted to speed up the restitution of land seized from its former owners by ordering the two bodies concerned, the Farmland Investigation Commission and the Land Utilisation Management Committee, to work together.
Student demonstrators called a temporary halt to their march on Yangon last week, giving MPs until the end of February to pass amendments to the National Education Law.