The American embassy in Yangon apologised yesterday after a tear gas test gone awry led to erroneous reports of a bombing and temporarily affected the flow of traffic along University Avenue, where the mission is located.
About 200 people in Mingalardon township’s Tilawka ward, who were prohibited from leaving their homes after a diphtheria scare last week, were given permission to move freely once again on July 23, according to Daw Thandar Moe, a parliamentary representative for the Mingalardon constituency.
In a surprising admission yesterday, the Tatmadaw acknowledged its involvement in the murder of five Shan State residents and vowed to punish the soldiers conducting the interrogations that resulted in the killings.
Several revered Buddhist monks from across Myanmar have spoken out against the nationalist Ma Ba Tha movement, describing it as a minority group and its actions as divisive and politicised.
People flocked to the Bogyoke Aung San Museum in Yangon’s Bahan township yesterday, as nationwide commemorations marked the day 69 years ago that Myanmar’s independence hero and eight colleagues were gunned down by a political rival.
Yesterday's commemoration of the 69th anniversary of Martyrs’ Day was marked by a series of firsts: the first observed under the new government, the first attended by the commander-in-chief and the first held at the newly upgraded Martyrs’ Mausoleum.