A Buddhist monk rumoured to have clairvoyant powers who was involved in efforts to retrieve the Great Bell of Dhammazedi from the Rangoon River – has dissociated himself from announcements that the fabled bell had been found.
The draft National Education Bill awaits the president’s signature since being approved by parliament in late July. Controversial from the outset, many claim it was drafted unilaterally and without enough transparency.
The announcement that Rangoon’s divisional parliament had approved a proposal to implement a city expansion plan has caused land prices to skyrocket overnight in areas earmarked for development west of the city.
Government spokesman and newly-appointed Information Minister Ye Htut has rejected allegations that Burmese President Thein Sein played a significant role in the violent dismantling of nationwide protests in 1988.
The first Myanmar Youth Film Festival with screen selected Burmese films free to the public on 7- 8 August. Amateur film-makers have been invited to submit entries before 21 July on any subject under three categories: Documentary Film; Short Film; and Animation.
Burma’s Mobile Team announced this weekend it had seized over one billion kyat (US$1 million) worth of smuggled goods between August 2013 and the beginning of May this year from seven ports in Rangoon.