Without transparency, a government cannot earn a good public reputation, and ministerial and departmental spokespersons must be answerable to the media, Minister for Information U Pe Myint told senior government officials yesterday.
Speaking for the first time since taking office about the issue of inter-communal violence in Rakhine State, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi told reporters in a press briefing yesterday that she did not support the use of either of the terms “Rohingya” or “Bengali”.
The Myanmar Medical Council temporary suspended a planned uptick in medical licensing fees after doctors protested the issue, a council official told The Myanmar Times.
A Law to protect religious harmony is being considered by the new government following failed attempts to pass such a bill in the previous parliament, which instead enacted controversial legislation seen as undermining religious freedoms.
As working animals around the region are dying from heatstroke, Yangon Zoo is forcing its elephants to perform strenuous tricks in temperatures upward of 40 degrees Celsius.
Hospitals are refusing to open drug treatment centres for fear of attracting criminals, campaigners say. While residents who live near a methadone therapy program in Yangon say they have seen drug users in the vicinity and they fear to go out at night, advocates have called on health authorities to open more centres because of the growing need.