The body of a reporter for Eleven Media was discovered on the side of the road yesterday morning, with police believing he was beaten to death. The 35-year-old journalist was working on a story about illegal logging at the time of his murder, according to an editor for Eleven.
Illegal gem diggers mining the riverbed for precious stones could cause riverbank collapse, or put river traffic at risk, local residents warn. They say many miners in the stretch of the Ayeyarwady River between Myingyan and Nyaung-U districts, Mandalay Region, are operating without a licence.
Explosive detonators and bomb-making ingredients were discovered during a police raid on a monastery in Mandalay’s Maha Aung Myay township, after a public tip-off.
Repair work on Mandalay’s U Bein Bridge will resume this month, officials say. The K240 million-plus renovation is being carried out by a donor, said U Nyo Myint Tun, director of the Department of Archaeology and National Museum (Mandalay).
Mandalay vendors selling their wares out of trucks, cars and motorcycles will be permitted to operate mobile shops so long as they pay a newly announced tax to the city, the Mandalay City Development Committee has said.
When the Ayeyarwady River spilt its banks in July and August 2015, acres upon acres of farmland were wiped out in the record-breaking floods. Today, local farmers along Mone Creek are still struggling to make a living due to the several feet of silt deposited on their lands.
Dozens of hotels, golf courses, shopping centres and other tenants occupying land owned by the Mandalay Region government will be asked to pay more rent starting next year, bringing in almost K1 billion (US$760,000) of extra revenue, the city has announced.
In a bid to reduce erosion and destructive riverbank collapse during next year’s rainy season, retaining walls will be constructed along the banks of the Ayeyarwady River throughout Magwe Region over the coming months.