The new Mandalay City Development Committee is up and running. More than four months after elections for the municipal body, and one embittered election dispute later, the new members were sworn in on January 6 without a hitch.
Jade scavengers who have allegedly overrun mines operated by private companies in Hkamti township have been ordered to move out by the government, with a combat police battalion standing by to enforce the ban.
In an unexpected New Year windfall, 20 townships in Sagaing Region are to receive K50 million each for local development projects, officials say. The money has become available because the Union government has agreed to return K1 billion to the region that had been earmarked for projects that have now been suspended.
Villagers displaced from their homes to make way for a nature conservation area have been arrested for trying to return to their land. Police in Kawlin township, Sagaing Region, have opened a case against 32 residents of Panmaye village under the 1994 protection of wildlife law.
A third suspect has been arrested in connection with the grisly murder of a Monywa-based reporter for Eleven Media.
Dutch tourist Klaas Haytema, who was jailed earlier this year for disconnecting an amplifier used to broadcast a Buddhist sermon, has been released from Mandalay Central Prison and deported from the country.
Two KTV managers have been arrested in connection with the murder of an Eleven Media reporter in Monywa, police confirmed yesterday. The two men were among the last people to have been in contact with the reporter before his body was discovered early in the morning on December 13.
As commodity prices continue to soar across the country, the Prisons Department will ask the government to increase the cost of living allowance granted for each prisoner within the correctional system.
A review of child labour in Mandalay Region has found that 84 percent of surveyed child workers under the age of 18 forgo their education in order to provide assistance to their struggling families.