In an effort to make an example and curtail rampant illegal logging, the Myitkyina District Court metted out the maximum sentence of life imprisonment to over 150 Chinese loggers who were arrested in January along with a major haul of illegal timber and drugs.
The Tatmadaw has banned campaigning in military compounds, drawing protests from political parties who say the restrictions would favour the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party, and prejudice a free and fair election.
Travel between Thailand and Myanmar will soon become easier for citizens of the neighbouring nations who will no longer need a visa if arriving by air for trips of 14 days or less, according the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Despite opposition parliamentarians’ efforts, the push for an official definition of “political prisoners” isn’t picking up traction with the government, which maintains that there is neither a need nor a plan to establish the term.
With the countdown to the November elections well under way, the National League for Democracy expressed fears yesterday that the party did not have enough time to select its candidates and submit its official lists.