An escalation in fighting between the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army and the Tatmadaw near the town of Mong Ko on the China border has emptied villages, while inflaming longstanding tensions over who controls the area.
Senior General Min Aung Hlaing has attracted ridicule for airing grand development plans at a time when the economy is in crisis, but even the regime’s more rational economic goals are unlikely to be achievable.
The Ministry of Electricity and Energy has issued a tender for 1,060 megawatts of on-grid solar power but given investors just a month to prepare bids at a time when they are unable to enter or travel around the country.
Fever clinics are being set up around the country to check people for symptoms of the viral disease and ease the burden on hospitals, but a planned reopening of schools could force many of them to move or close.
The Kayin State Border Guard Force has come under intense pressure from the Tatmadaw over its extensive, controversial business interests and there’s concern the ultimatum could trigger fresh hostilities in one of the country’s most war-torn areas.