Over 20,000 residents of communities along Shan State’s Thanlwin River have signed a petition to present to State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, voicing their opposition to various planned hydropower projects in the area.
Three ethnic armed groups have announced that they would willingly participate in the 21st-century Panglong conference, scheduled to start on August 31, despite the fact they have not been extended an invitation.
International experts are conducting a study of how to enhance trips to see endangered Irrawaddy dolphins, said U Han Win of the Irrawaddy Dolphin Conservation Team, as part of a drive to promote tourism in the dolphin conservation zone.
Thousands of Kaman Muslims from the Rakhine State capital Sittwe obtained identity cards this week, some two years after they applied for the documents.
Nearly 140 detained Myanmar migrant workers from camps around Malaysia are scheduled to return home today with help from the military.
Eight people have died, nearly half a million have been driven from their homes or face imminent threat of flooding, and nearly K700 million (US$590,000) has been spent on flood-relief measures as heavy rain continues to batter most states and regions of the country.
The Rakhine State government plans to form a commission of local elders to monitor peace and stability in the restive state, according to Chief Minister U Nyi Pu, though one member of the regionally dominant Arakan National Party criticised what he said was a lack of transparency and clarity about the body’s functions.
A Workshop to formulate draft bills on interfaith harmony and against all forms of discrimination is being led by civil society organisations and law experts this week, with advocates saying they aim to submit the proposed legislation to parliament within the year.
Six factory workers from the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Irrigation’s Agricultural Machinery Factory are demanding an investigation into the ministry’s contract with a private company, which they say guarantees them a job with the private company for 30 years.