The Dhamma School Foundation says it aims to establish more than 9000 Buddhist Sunday schools over the next five years, nearly quadrupling the current number. A rise in Buddhist nationalism has increased demand for Dhamma schools to instil the “right way” of living, according to the foundation. In the past few years, Sunday schools have been opened around the country. In Myanmar’s dry zone, a shortage of funding is proving an obstacle for the Magwe Dhamma Schools Committee.
A student convicted of illegal protests and spray-painting graffiti on university property has been sentenced to six months’ imprisonment in Mandalay. Amarapura Township Court handed down the sentence on January 29, imposed for a protest by defendant Ko Ye Yint Paing Hmu and five others in front of Yadanarpon University in June last year.
Resident from Nyaung Ni village tract, who were forcefully evicted from purported military-owned land, are concerned for their safety as they have been warned not to leave the village, or they will face arrest starting yesterday.
Though the land they claim has now been disgorged by the military that seized it, Sagaing Region residents say they are still trying to recover their fields from the local village administrator who is holding on to them.
Yangon and Mandalay police are ramping up charges against student protesters, issuing summonses for demonstrations staged up to two years ago.
Work is under way to install the second of three weather radar stations to predict storms and help prepare defences. The station will be located near Mandalay International Airport, said U Kyaw Lwin Oo, director of the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology (upper Myanmar branch).
If you want a job done properly …Mandalay City Development Committee has threatened to carry out street-by-street sweeps to catch businesses illegally spilling out onto the pavement, the gutter, and even into the roads.