Locals opposing the controversial Letpadaung copper mine in Salingyi township met with two Sagaing Region ministers this week, the first concerted effort by the regional National League for Democracy government to address long-standing grievances about the project since its leadership was installed earlier this year.
Just as Southeast Asia announced a declaration to fight non-communicable diseases, the Mandalay Region Public Health Department announced a new initiative to find and cure such diseases in three townships.
A new embalming method will help in the training of local surgeons, who will now not need to go abroad to study. With government sponsorship and contributions from private donors, the University of Medicine in Mandalay on August 29 opened its cadaveric surgical training centre.
Nature conservationists hoping to establish a wildlife sanctuary at Yatkansintaung, in Mandalay Region’s Madaya township, will launch a petition this month in support of their bid, according to a member of the Mandalay branch of the Myanmar Alliance for Transparency and Accountability.