Last year’s Thingyan celebrations were cancelled in Meikhtila, Mandalay Division, after deadly riots devastated the town. Residents still reeling from the incident await this year’s water festival with extra enthusiasm.
Locals in Tavoy [Dawei] in Tenasserim Division have vowed to intensify protests demanding the return of farmlands, which they say was confiscated without their prior knowledge.
DVB journalist, Zaw Pe, who was sentenced to prison for one year has been transferred to Thayet prison in Magwe Division.
Burma’s Ministry of Health issued a consumer warning to only buy drugs certified by government health authorities as cross-border contraband drugs continue to infiltrate the Burmese market.
Burma vows to protect aid workers in Arakan State after a briefing by the Arakan Commission concluded the government’s response to the violence was “sluggish”.