A permit has been granted to protesters planning to hold a rally in Mandalay today against the use of the word “Rohingya”, according to the Mandalay Region police force which reached an agreement on the intended route through Myanmar’s second city.
El Niño is weakening, but it hasn’t gone away, say weather experts. The Department of Meteorology and Hydrology announced on May 5 that though sea temperatures were falling, indicating a reduction in the strength of the weather phenomenon, its impact would continue to be felt through June.
They said it wouldn’t work. But a merchant’s trust in his fellow citizens seems to be paying off. For more than a week now, “cashier-less shops” in Mandalay have been turning a profit, as customers leave their money in exchange for goods, with no one guarding the till.
Testing for bird flu has failed to detect the deadly H5N1 virus in the Monywa chicken-breeding zone. The tests were ordered as farmers killed 70,000 birds between early April and May 6, fearing that apparent flu deaths indicated the presence of the virus.
Food producers who put banned chemical dyes in their products could face prison, Mandalay’s Food and Drug Administration has warned. The FDA says it is determined to stamp out the practice of using harmful food additives. Their first step will be to declare Zay Cho market clean of such additives.
As tensions between police and barricade-stampeding protesters continued to escalate outside the entrance to the Letpadaung copper mine over the weekend, the Sagaing chief minister agreed to broker emergency talks.