The Mandalay Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced this week that 90 of 92 inspected pharmacies carry unregistered or expired medications. The administration launched a crackdown in May, warning drugstore owners that they could face prison time if they failed to follow regulations and continued to stock black-market drugs, or those past their sell-by date.
Five alleged drug users were arrested and narcotics paraphernalia was seized this week after more than 350 police officers conducted a sweep of 13 targets in Mandalay district, according to Police Lieutenant Colonel U Han Tun from the Mandalay Region Police Force.
Farmers in Pyin Oo Lwin, Mandalay Region, have taken demands for the return of their land to President U Htin Kyaw. They say the fields seized for the 2008 Yadanarpon new town project near their homes in Thone Taung village are now unused and should be given back to them.
An imprisoned reporter for the BBC’s Myanmar-language service was released yesterday after a judge in Mandalay Region commuted the three-month sentence. Ko Nay Myo Lin was imprisoned following an altercation with a police officer last year during student protests.
Conservation efforts to restore temples and buildings in Tada-U township that date back to the 14th century have received a K180 million boost, according to archaeology officials.
The Department of Meteorology and Hydrology announced yesterday that water levels along the Chindwin River exceeded their danger marks at three locations in Sagaing Region. Waters pushed past the mark by 2 feet (0.6 metres) at Paungbyin township, and 1.5 feet at both Homalin and Mawlaik.
Additional money is needed to erect a Bogyoke Aung San statue and a Panglong monument in Pindaya township’s new Daw Aung San Suu Kyi Park, said National League for Democracy official U Myint Lwin.