Despite the doubling of the entry fee to the Bagan tourist zone over the past two years, and discouraging news of floods and explosions, officials expect visitor numbers to continue to grow “dramatically” in the near future.
Smaller opposition parties without the fame and celebrity status of the National League for Democracy have reversed Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s campaign slogan: Vote for the candidates, not the party, they say.
An overwhelming National League for Democracy win in the election that enables it to form government will kill off dictatorship, the party’s patron told supporters in Mandalay.
Defiant farmers in Mandalay Region are cultivating fields they say they own as negotiations with the local authorities broke down.
Only a handful of political parties have applied for permission to canvass in Mandalay, even though permit requirements have been relaxed and election day looms less than six weeks away.
A prominent monk yesterday testified on behalf of two Muslim interfaith activists charged with violating the Unlawful Associations Act, telling a Mandalay court their visit to Kachin Independence Organisation territory was aimed at “making peace”.