A survey to count the ethnic Taung Yoe population in Shan State was launched last month, with its organisers seeking to tally enough of their own to qualify the group for an ethnic affairs minister post in state government, according to Taung Yoe Literature and Culture Association patron U Kyaw Htwe from Pindaya township.
Drunk drivers, people who drive while using their phones and don’t buckle their seatbelts, and motorcyclists who ride without helmets are all contributing to a fourfold rise in the number of road accidents over the past few years, says the government. Now the transport ministry has set up a new body to reduce the carnage on the nation’s roads.
Mandalay Alinn Daily News printed its last edition yesterday. Messenger Media, which distributes Mandalay Alinn, the only private daily newspaper in the region, stopped production yesterday due to budget difficulties, said editor-in-chief U Thant Zin Oo.
Sagaing workers, facing trial for their protest march to the capital, will be sentenced to a month in prison or a K5000 fine after being held in contempt of court yesterday. The workers irritated court staffers by refusing to take the proceedings seriously and instead staging civil disobedience by yelling out and singing during four straight hearings.
Administrator, spare that tree, officials are being told in Sagaing Region. The regional government wants to widen the road between Monywa and Tharsi-Naung Gyi Aine, which would require felling more than 200 trees that have stood there since colonial days. Local residents oppose the move.
The new government is taking a closer look at five hydropower projects along the Dokhtawady River in Mandalay Region, mindful of the local opposition its predecessor frequently ran into at several proposed dam sites over the years.