Apparently bowing to public pressure, Mandalay authorities have suspended a controversial scheme to levy a roadside tax on vehicles registered outside the city as they enter.
Death of hundreds of thousands of fish at popular tourist spot in Amarapura township was likely due to the hot weather, not the pumping of wastewater into the lake from a nearby industrial zone, according to officials.
As voting closed in yesterday’s municipal elections, officials manning polling stations said turnout appeared to be about 50 percent, but even those who bothered to vote seemed to do so unenthusiastically.
Excitement levels in Mandalay’s municipal election ratcheted a further step downward yesterday as the number of townships to be contested was reduced by 50 percent.
Is Mandalay ready for another Chinese-language newspaper? Local Chinese-speakers and newspaper publishers experienced a mild flutter of interest just after the Thingyan holiday with the appearance of a Chinese-language paper that was distributed door-to-door.
The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) process is to be expanded to the state and region level by May, starting with Mandalay Region, it was announced yesterday.