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.
A Film censored in Myanmar at a human rights festival last month has now been banned in Thailand, apparently for similar reasons. Twilight over Burma, the story of the wife of Hsipaw saopha (prince) Sao Kya Seng, was one of four films to be abruptly pulled from the Thailand International Film Destination Festival.
Parliament has instructed the Yangon government to inspect land-use permits disputed by farmers in Hlegu township.
To avoid depleting the stock, fishing has been banned from May to August, when fish are in their juvenile stages, according to fisheries officials. However, enforcing the prohibition is proving complicated, said U Tin Win Myint, director of Yangon Region’s Fisheries Department.