In a narrow victory, vendors thrown out of work by the blaze that destroyed Mandalay’s Mingalar Market have voted to replace the damaged building rather than try to repair it. The vote between the two options took place following a sometimes fractious debate over the best way to proceed after last March’s disastrous fire.
Two drug kingpins suspected of masterminding major smuggling operations via Muse border gate are still on the run, police said yesterday. On May 28, Muse and Kutkai police seized US$42 million-worth of methamphetamine (yaba) on the Kutkai-Kaung Khar road in Muse, according to state-owned media.
The new government will emphasise increasing security forces in the field while decreasing police office staff, according to police officers in Mandalay Region.
No-show farmers have been put on notice that the land the government sold them has to be used for agriculture – or they may face prison time. The outgoing government granted concessions in respect of nearly half a million acres in Pyin Oo Lwin, Mandalay Region, on condition that it was cultivated.
Nationalist Buddhist monks from Ma Ba Tha are holding large-scale religious conversion ceremonies in Muslim enclaves, drawing criticism from local residents.