Protesting his innocence, a former leader of the Saffron Revolution was denied bail at a hearing at Maha Aung Myay Township Court, Mandalay Region, yesterday. U Nyi Nyi Lwin, who was known during his time as a monk as U Gambira, faces three years in prison for immigration-related offences.
Welcome home, Bogyoke. The 10-foot-tall bronze statue of General Aung San has now reached its destination. On February 8, heralded by more than 10,000 residents, the image arrived on schedule in Taung-dwingyi, Magwe Region, where it is to be installed in Martyrs’ Square.
Farmers who lost their land when the Yadanarpon Bridge was built across the Ayeyarwady River to link Sagaing and Mandalay regions are holding out for the restitution of their farms. They have turned down an offer of K8m an acre.
Mandalay witnessed a distinct changing of guard yesterday as its new hluttaw took office, with the newly appointed Speaker stressing the importance of being accountable to the public. He added that human rights and economic and social development will be priorities, and promised to annul outdated laws.
The Shan Nationalities League for Democracy failed yesterday in its bid to elect one of its MPs as Speaker of the Shan State parliament, where a combined majority of the Union Solidarity and Development Party and military ensured that their candidate – the former Speaker – was reappointed.
It was a long wait for activists, embassy officials, family members and media gathered yesterday morning for the trial of former Saffron Revolution leader and political prisoner U Gambira, who has been arrested on immigration charges.
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.