Rangoon traffic police have announced that they charged 12,000 drivers for traffic violations in just one week. Fines for breaking traffic rules generally incurred a 1,500 kyat (US$1.50) fine, police authorities said.
Rangoon Region Border Affairs and Security Ministry said it has beefed up security in the wake of a declaration by Al-Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri that the terror network expand its jihad to India, Bangladesh and Burma.
A Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT) representative said on Wednesday that the ethnic bloc is unable to reach agreement with the Burmese government on four of the remaining five points of the proposed single-text nationwide ceasefire draft.
Burma’s Deputy Labour Minister Htin Aung has announced that the now defunct Master Sports footwear factory is obliged to pay severance packages and outstanding salaries to more than 700 laid-off workers.
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.
Industrial relations for the garment sector is at a crossroads, with representatives from unions and factories agreeing that both sides need more education and willingness to negotiate in order to fuel Burma’s burgeoning industry.
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.
Two well-known activists have been sentenced to three months in prison for violating Burma’s controversial Right to Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Procession Act, after staging a rally without prior permission from local authorities.