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.
Combining road safety with style, the Yangon Region government is to replace the concrete lane markers on the city’s busiest streets with steel grilles starting this month, said Police Lieutenant Colonel Aung Ko Oo of the traffic police.
Those expecting to see Myanmar’s new president attend the first Martyrs’ Day commemoration since he took office will find themselves disappointed this year, but State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi does plan to again join the main ceremony in Yangon on July 19.
Nationalist marched through the rain yesterday demanding the government reverse a decision to refer to self-identifying Rohingyas as “Muslims in Rakhine State”. The protesters said “Bengali” – officially used by the previous government – must remain the condoned terminology.