The start has been, critics say, inauspicious. With its penchant for secrecy, missteps, odd choices and sudden shifts, the new National League for Democracy government has so far failed to impress with its choice of cabinet ministers.
The National League for Democracy government withdrew charges against detained political prisoners and education activists as more than 80 people were released from the Insein prison this morning on the eighth day of the new government's term.
It started with a traffic jam on the infamous Lashio to Muse mountain road. Six weeks later, a bizarre series of events involving abduction, torture, the apparent resurrection of two headless corpses, a secret prison and forced labour ended with a rare moment in Myanmar when ethnic villagers were very glad of Tatmadaw intervention.
Twenty-eight newborns who became critically ill at Bago General Hospital last month were infected not by a vaccine but by bacteria carried by the nurses and mothers, according to a Ministry of Health investigation.
Authorities are continuing to crack down on sex-related products before Thingyan, though they said they will avoid birth control this year after raising the ire of rights groups and the Ministry of Health for pulling legitimate contraceptives last April.
Canada has agreed to restart a scholarship program for Myanmar students and increase cultural exchanges. Stephane Dion discussed the scholarship program with President U Htin Kyaw during a meeting in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday, a President’s Office spokesperson said.