To relieve congestion in one of Mandalay’s most crowded areas during the water festival, local authorities have decided to reduce the number of permits for pandals.
Who runs Mandalay? Amid hopes that more democracy will improve the city’s development, residents will soon have the chance to elect members of the city’s development committee – effectively, the city council.
Merrymakers during this year’s Thingyan water festival will have to follow the rules – or risk losing millions, Mandalay city officials say.
Poultry breeders have moved fast to control an outbreak of bird flu, state-owned media have reported.