Hard-line Buddhist monks and their supporters again took to the streets yesterday to protest the conviction of the two Myanmar migrant workers condemned to death for murder and rape on Koh Tao island in Thailand.
A runaway boss is to be sued for failing to attend conciliation meetings aimed at resolving a labour dispute. The Yangon Region labour relations department of the Ministry of Labour will take action against U Min Min, owner of the Htate Tan Myanmar garment factory, for his persistent absences, said deputy director of the department Daw Lwin Lwin Myint.
Seismologists are keeping a close eye on a series of small earthquakes shaking Yangon, with the Myanmar Earthquake Committee suspecting they are aftershocks of a larger jolt that occurred on the evening of January 12, blacking out wide areas of the city.
A prominent cartoonist who ruffled feathers with a satirical cartoon of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is now back on Facebook after his page was blocked. Facebook spokesperson Clare Wareing apologised yesterday for the suspension of S Thar Htoo’s account, which arose after complaints from unknown users had invoked the social medium’s authentic name policy.
Householders in 19 Yangon city townships are being urged to store water as repair work proceeds on the canal that supplies much of the city’s water. The city’s Irrigation Department will be working on the canal between the Ngamoeyeik dam and the city’s Nyaunghnapin pumping station from January 11 to 13, according to state-owned media.
President U Thein Sein visited Yangon’s Mingalar Market yesterday and met with shopkeepers whose property was gutted after a fire swept through the building on January 9 – the second such blaze in six years.
Nearly 5 million people in Myanmar suffer from a form of hepatitis, health officials say. A nationwide survey conducted last year estimated that about 3.3 million people suffer from hepatitis B and a further 1.3 million live with hepatitis C.
Controversy again surrounds the venerable Young Men’s Buddhist Association, whose activities were disrupted for more than a year amid accusations of corruption and misconduct by some senior members.