In Mon State, expanding quarries threaten farms

On a recent afternoon in May, the farmers of OhnTitbin Village Tract were tending to their betel nut and rubber plantations when a loud blast erupted at the foot of Kalama Mountain and shook the ground. Workers had set off an explosion in a local quarry located about 10 km away and a cloud of […]

What Opening Up an Isolationist Nation to the Global Economy Does to Traffic

Three years ago, traffic may have cost Burmese 24-year-old Kyaw Kyaw Win his job. He migrated to Yangon, the commercial capital of the country now known as Myanmar, in search of worktwo years after the start of crucial economic development reforms that opened the once-hermit nation to international investment. The country of more than 51 […]

MP to raise question on frequent power cuts in Yangon

A question on the frequent power blackouts in Yangon will be raised at the regional parliament, said regional MP Kyi Pyar. “By May 9, I will have to submit this question to the parliamentary session, which is scheduled for May 18. I will raise a question about frequent power cuts,” she added. “People feel upset […]

Parliament opposition leaves two more flyovers in doubt

Two expensive flyovers budgeted for Yangon should be scrappedamid criticism over the portion of public funding dedicated to the projects, a parliamentary committee said yesterday. The outgoing region government earmarked K32.2 billion (US$26.1 million) forthe bridges, slated for the junction of Kabar Aye Pagoda and Parami roads, and North Okkalapa junction. But yesterday the parliamentary Finance, […]

MP urges parliament to re-invite tender for Yangon New Town Plan

A Yangon MP lashed out at the lack of transparency around the so-called Yangon New Town investment plan and calling for an open tender to chose its contractor, following the announcement of the secret deal on August 22. The Yangon Region government’s plan to create the new town adjacent the country’s largest city were kept […]

MP asks to clarify profit sharing of Sky Net and Information Ministry

The Union Assembly MP Khaing Maung Yi asked the Ministry of Information to clarify the profit sharing between the ministry and the Shwe Than Lwin (STL Media)/Sky Net to the parliament and the tax that should be owned by the state. Khaing Maung Yi said “I would like to discuss about the Ministry of Information. […]

Japan to increase investment in Myanmar education

The Japan International Cooperation Association (JICA) office in Myanmar has announced that its association will pledge¥1.35 billion (around $13.5 million) towards the advancement of engineering subjects in two technology universities in Yangon and Mandalay. This project is a five-year endeavor that willbeginon 5 October 2013 and continue until 5 October 2018. Its major aim is […]