U Bein Bridge is being repaired, but that’s no thanks to many of its users, say experts. Archaeology department officials have complained that too many people are misusing the bridge by cycling across it, dropping cigarette ends and littering the place with betel quid wrappings.
Drugstore owners who sell expired medication, or operate without a licence, could go to prison, Mandalay Food and Drug Administration officials are warning. Starting today, the FDA is launching a dialogue with local pharmacy owners in which they will advise them of its new policies, warning of a crackdown against unlicensed or delinquent shops.
Mandalay Region is dedicating over K600 million to improve existing roads and bridges, and bring water to parched villages, according to the Rural Development Department.
Illegal smuggling of cattle and natural resources must end, and alternative sources of income identified, said a Thabeikkyin township administrator.
A landmine explosion that injured two foreign tourists and their guide while trekking in Shan State has served as a bleak reminder of the deadly legacy of decades of civil war – just as poorer remote areas of Myanmar were looking forward to an economic boost from the democracy dividend.
Squabbling over the right temporary location for Mandalay’s burned market is costing vendors, while indecision over whether to tear down and rebuild the original or just conduct repairs is aggravating the problem, locals say.