A shift in policy, away from building dams and toward running irrigation channels to farmland, has led to a 50 percent cut in the request for irrigation funding next year, the agriculture ministry says. U Myo Tint Tun, assistant secretary in the ministry, told The Myanmar Times on July 18 that expenditure in 2017-18 would be less than half of this year’s level.
People flocked to the Bogyoke Aung San Museum in Yangon’s Bahan township yesterday, as nationwide commemorations marked the day 69 years ago that Myanmar’s independence hero and eight colleagues were gunned down by a political rival.
Additional money is needed to erect a Bogyoke Aung San statue and a Panglong monument in Pindaya township’s new Daw Aung San Suu Kyi Park, said National League for Democracy official U Myint Lwin.
Yesterday's commemoration of the 69th anniversary of Martyrs’ Day was marked by a series of firsts: the first observed under the new government, the first attended by the commander-in-chief and the first held at the newly upgraded Martyrs’ Mausoleum.
On yesterday’s double holiday – Martyrs’ Day and the full moon day of Waso – President U Htin Kyaw donated Waso robes and honoured fallen martyrs in the Dhammayone, a religious community hall in the Nay Pyi Taw Council Office compound.
The Myanmar embassy in Malaysia launched a migrant protection task force on July 17.
Police are on the lookout for drivers of two trucks carrying 8 tonnes of illegally harvested padauk logs to China. The abandoned vehicles were seized on July 12 in Kyaingtong/Kengtung township, Shan State.
Breaking its traditional silence on the South China Sea dispute, Myanmar released its first public statement about the spat on July 13, following an international tribunal’s ruling in the Philippines’ favour.