Observers are cautiously parsing two recent events featuring prominent military officers in the hope of reading their implications for national reconciliation and the success of the 21st-century Panglong Conference due to begin next month.
Fresh from a stint back in their constituencies, members of parliament have now returned to Nay Pyi Taw for the second hluttaw session since last November’s elections. As the new session opens today, they face a range of issues, starting with a proposed revision of the budget law.
Teacher training colleges across the country are slated for an upgrade in terms of both quality and prestige, Union Minister for Education U Myo Thein Gyi said at a seminar held in Nay Pyi Taw on July 21 and 22.
Police have vowed stronger action against crime in Pyinmana township, the modestly delinquent younger brother of sedate Nay Pyi Taw. Under the command of Nay Pyi Taw Regional Police Force, the Pyinmana township police force is now stepping up to its responsibilities for security.
In what seems likely to be a concerted and protracted charm offensive, China has been inviting hundreds of Myanmar opinion-formers to “improve understanding” on their part of China’s intentions. China is telling Myanmar that it knows Myanmar has changed, and that China’s attitude has changed too.
Pyinmana township elders have donated K13 million (US$11,000) to have a statue of independence hero Bogyoke Aung San refurbished in time for Martyrs’ Day this week, U Than Soe Aung, a Pyithu Hluttaw representative for the township, told The Myanmar Times.