Pirate gold miners could face a government crackdown, the Ministry of Mines has warned. The ministry spokesperson issued the warning as would-be get-rich-quick miners flocked to a village in Thabeikkyin township, Mandalay Region, lured by rumours that gold had been discovered by workers laying cable for phone lines.
Burned-out stallholders are threatening to protest unless they get back their slots in the rebuilt market hall. Nine of the 300 shopkeepers forced out when Myo Ma Market, in Yenangyaung city, Magwe Region, was destroyed by fire last February fear they will lose all their customers unless they can reopen in the same locations.
As an astrologer and descendant of the court Brahmins, U Aung Shwe was not surprised by his election victory, even if he was the only winning candidate from the Democratic Party (Myanmar).
Despite public accusations of foul play on election day, the Mandalay Region election commission says it is yet to receive any formal complaints.
To cheers and boos from the watching public, electoral officials in a Mandalay Region township are counting votes one-by-one in public. The unusual counting method was adopted to allay fears that unqualified voters had been trucked in to rig the result.
The high-stakes vote in Pyin Oo Lwin threw up a number of controversies yesterday, including disappearing voter ID cards, disenfranchised voters and media lockouts at one major polling station.