Hot-air ballooning transport to launch in October

Hot -air ballooning transport will resume in October after a four-month suspension due to weather conditions, said an official from the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism. Hot-air ballooning in Myanmar is a popular excursion for tourists and locals to enjoy the scenic beauty in places such as Bagan. The balloon can lift off only in […]

Ayeyawady, Chindwin, Ngawun rivers have exceeded danger levels

WHILE exceeding danger levels around several towns the Ayeyawady and Chindwin rivers have threatened to flood people living in low-lying areas. The Department of Meteorology and Hydrology has alerted people living in lowing lying-areas in Mandalay, Sagaing and Ayeyawady regions to take precautions against possible flooding. According to observations yesterday the water level of the […]

Who’s who: Myanmar’s new cabinet

Take a look inside the National League for Democracy’s new proposed government with insider profiles of the party’s 18 candidates for ministerial posts: Daw Aung San Suu Kyi (foreign affairs; president’s office; education; energy and electric power) The National League for Democracy leader needs little introduction. Has vowed to rule “above the president”, and with […]

Incoming Myanmar government mulling Chinese dam rethink

Aung San Suu Kyi’s incoming government is considering a rethink of the controversial Chinese-backed multi-billion dollar Myitsone hydropower dam in northern Myanmar. YANGON: Aung San Suu Kyi’s incoming government is considering a rethink of a controversial Chinese-backed dam in Myanmar and looking for ways to end a military conglomerate’s “privileges”, according to her party’s economic advisor. […]

Chinese firm aims to start production at flashpoint Myanmar mine

The Chinese firm behind a controversial Myanmar copper mine on Thursday said it plans to start operations in May, a move expected to pose an early challenge to a new government led by Aung San Suu Kyi. YANGON: The Chinese firm behind a controversial Myanmar copper mine on Thursday (Feb 18) said it plans to […]

MAMDA Eyes to Organise Standalone Auto Traders

The Myanmar Automobile Manufacturers and Distributors Association (MAMDA) has opened a regional sub association for Yangon region in a bid to develop a more organised auto trading sector with the participation of the public. Although many people in Myanmar engage in auto dealing as middlemen, only a few are fully informed about the fast changing […]

Gov’t to Spend Almost K1 Billion to Develop Sagaing Animal Husbandry

The Ministry of Livestock, Fisheries and Rural Development will provide K960 million in loans to develop animal husbandry in the villages of Sagaing region, according to Dr Myint Soe, assistant director of Livestock and Veterinary Department of Sagaing region. Each of the 32 villages will get a loan of K30 million, and those who breed […]

Thanakha: Scent of a nation

Since ancient times, Myanmar people have been rubbing thanakha paste on their faces as an effective shield against the sun’s harmful rays. The yellow facial cream produced from ground thanakha bark is a much-touted beauty secret deeply ingrained in the Myanmar culture. Men also wear it quite unconsciously. Thanakha trees can be found in places […]

Myanmar’s Mining Reforms Stall, Hindering Foreign Investment

A new mining law that would clarify rules and ease restrictions for foreign investors looking to tap into the lucrative sector remains frozen in Myanmar’s legislature, said an official from the country’s Ministry of Mines. The law, which was proposed more than two years ago, is still being debated by Myanmar’s parliament said Win Htein, […]

Myanmar culls chickens, quail to contain H5N1 outbreak

(Reuters) – Myanmar has culled thousands of poultry to try to contain an outbreak of H5N1 bird flu in Monywa, west of the commercial center of Mandalay, health officials said on Thursday. The first outbreak of H5N1 in Myanmar was in the same region, about 525 miles (840 km) northwest of Yangon, in 2006 and […]