Three farmers living on protected forest land in Sagaing Region will face legal action and their land will not be returned, a minister told parliament.
Farmers in Magwe Region have called on the new Union and regional governments to help recover land they say was taken from them by the military in 1998. U Paw Oo, chair of the farmers’ network in Sinbaungwe township, says more than 12,000 acres of prime paddy-growing land was confiscated and the farmers who had lived on it displaced.
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.