The Dhamma School Foundation says it aims to establish more than 9000 Buddhist Sunday schools over the next five years, nearly quadrupling the current number. A rise in Buddhist nationalism has increased demand for Dhamma schools to instil the “right way” of living, according to the foundation. In the past few years, Sunday schools have been opened around the country. In Myanmar’s dry zone, a shortage of funding is proving an obstacle for the Magwe Dhamma Schools Committee.
On the night of January 14, in Aung Myay Tharzan township, Mandalay Region, a man was beaten to death by a frenzied mob who suspected him of stealing a child. Police say no children have been abducted, and more must be done to stop the spread of false rumours and get the truth out.
The Myanmar Times interviewed Police Colonel Thet Naung on the latest situation.
An official of the Ministry of Religious Affairs has cautioned that a graphic video posted on social media by nationalist monk U Wirathu dramatising the rape and murder of a Buddhist woman by Muslim men could lead to court action.
Newly elected MPs of the National League of Democracy took up their seats for the first time yesterday in the Pyithu Hluttaw, applauded by former lawmakers who expressed optimism about the future of a parliament dominated by political novices.
It had been a long wait: almost three months since the election that swept Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy to victory, but also decades of being kept on the sidelines by military control. Finally Myanmar’s NLD MPs took their seats in parliament as the ruling party.
A student convicted of illegal protests and spray-painting graffiti on university property has been sentenced to six months’ imprisonment in Mandalay. Amarapura Township Court handed down the sentence on January 29, imposed for a protest by defendant Ko Ye Yint Paing Hmu and five others in front of Yadanarpon University in June last year.
Resident from Nyaung Ni village tract, who were forcefully evicted from purported military-owned land, are concerned for their safety as they have been warned not to leave the village, or they will face arrest starting yesterday.