The central Asian republics of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, two huge and resource-rich nations, in many ways bear a startling resemblance to Myanmar, not simply because of their size and richness, but because they have a veneer of peaceful social stability and have endured decades of a repressive central government.
A key feature of Buddhist practice is generating merit. Merit is primarily cultivated through the performance of ethical actions and is largely based upon metaphysical assumptions grounded in Buddhist philosophy.
During the Thingyan holidays, some locals from Mawlamyine, Mudon, Thanbyuzayat and Ye townships in Mon State took their holidays at a new destination that has recently risen to prominence: Kabyar Wa beach.
On the eve of the Thingyan holidays – a period increasingly renowned for drunken partying in Myanmar – it emerged that authorities had told stores to stop selling the morning-after pill during the festival.