Military-appointed MPs preparing for today’s debate on a bill creating the post of state counsellor for Daw Aung San Suu Kyi have called for more time to discuss the draft law which they say they will only support if it is in accord with the constitution.
Civil servants may not accept gifts valued at more than K25,000 (US$21) under tougher anti-corruption guidelines issued yesterday by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi that specifically bar offers of golf club membership.
Nationalist groups have staged a protest against the appointment of a Christian as vice president, calling for his removal from office because he is not Buddhist. Henry Van Thio, an ethnic Chin, was nominated as vice president by the upper house of parliament last month.
Against a backdrop of growing criticism, parliamentarians will today debate President U Htin Kyaw’s nominations for two ministerial posts initially held by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.
Dog lovers have come to the rescue of Yangon’s population of stray canines, who otherwise would be at risk of death. The city authorities, who still deal with strays under a 1922 law that allows the use of deadly poison, have now signed a three-year agreement with a US-based humane society.
A temporary market will be built after Thingyan for those who lost their shops in a fire at Mingalar Market last month, a Mandalay City Development Committee official has confirmed.