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.
On yesterday’s double holiday – Martyrs’ Day and the full moon day of Waso – President U Htin Kyaw donated Waso robes and honoured fallen martyrs in the Dhammayone, a religious community hall in the Nay Pyi Taw Council Office compound.
After drawn out negotiations, 85 workers from a recently shuttered garment factory in Yangon’s Hlaing Tharyar township received part of their severance compensation yesterday, following their second protest staged over the weekend.
Two people were killed and at least 25 others injured when an express bus veered off the Yangon-Mandalay highway en route to Taungoo on July 15. The accident took place at about 10pm in Kyauktaga township, Bago Region.
Yangon's regional government plans to resolve traffic problems on the longest bridge in the region by building a new one, which will connect Thanlyin and Thaketa townships over the Bago River. Repairs are also planned for the old bridge.
Housing authorities need to find a better way of selecting tenants to occupy government-built low-cost homes, MPs say. The traditional method of drawing lots from among the applicants isn’t working, as too many successful applicants promptly sell or lease their apartment.