A local reporter for the Myanmar service of the BBC has been charged with assaulting a police officer in Mandalay during student-led protests on motorcycles there and in Yangon on Armed Forces Day that also resulted in several arrests.
To relieve congestion in one of Mandalay’s most crowded areas during the water festival, local authorities have decided to reduce the number of permits for pandals.
Who runs Mandalay? Amid hopes that more democracy will improve the city’s development, residents will soon have the chance to elect members of the city’s development committee – effectively, the city council.
Merrymakers during this year’s Thingyan water festival will have to follow the rules – or risk losing millions, Mandalay city officials say.