Citing government “oppression”, journalists in Mandalay are banding together to form a union, organisers said last week. Organising committee member U Min Din, editor-in-chief of Mandalay Khit, said a conference will be convened in mid-August.
River pirates are running rampant on moored boats in Mandalay but ship owners and workers are too afraid to report cases to police or the media, sources in the area say.
Dozens of young children who normally sell flowers around Mandalay’s royal moat have been given some much needed days off thanks to a newly launched volunteer organisation known as “Flower Growers Teaching Class”.
Officials in Mandalay say the city is returning to normality and they hope to lift a 9pm-to-5am curfew “as soon as possible”.