When is a lake not a lake? Tchaikovsky never wrote the ballet Swan Pond. King Arthur did not receive his sword Excalibur from The Lady of the Pond. Wordsworth never sought his poetic muse in England’s Pond District.
Students released from prison on December 22 found, on trying to return to their studies, that they had been suspended, and could face expulsion. The three students, who were freed from Mandalay’s Ohbo Prison after serving three months for staging an unlawful protest, rioting and related offences, say they will take their demand for reinstatement to the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission.
Kayah State should go back to its former name of “Karenni State”, political activists say. The issue was discussed at the Karenni State Conference, held from December 15 to 19 at Bardo village in Loikaw township, Kayah State.
An activist lawyer says she is being targeted by enemies who set up a fake Facebook page in her name. Daw Nandar Myint Thein, whose Mandalay law firm defends people accused of crimes regardless of their colour, race or religion, called a press conference on December 17 to air her complaints.
US$54 a year for prime space in a high-end shopping centre; $3850 a year for a 553-acre golf course; $4625 a year for a hotel on 1.6 acres of land: These are just some of the cut-price rates for state-owned land that have been revealed to the regional parliament in Mandalay.
Exotic blooms from China and Thailand will help attract up to 90,000 visitors to Pyin Oo Lwin’s 10th Flower Festival, organisers hope.
No walking – and definitely no selfies – on the track, railway officials have warned enthusiasts who like to stroll along the country’s highest rail bridge, which towers more than 100 metres above a ravine in Shan State. Pedestrians have now been banned from Gokteik Viaduct as a safety measure.
The jangling belles of the Golden Land are outraged. Seven beauty contestants have publicly condemned a claim by pageant organisers that they were disqualified, insisting instead that they quit of their own accord.