Experts urge to check high-rise buildings for quake resistance

High-rise buildings in Yangon and Mandalay are needed to be checked for quake resistance as the cities are located near the Sagaing fault line, said Myanmar Earthquake Committee. “I think people who live in the quake zone need to be alert aganist possible quake,” said Daw Hla Hla Aung, Patron of the committee at a […]

Jade entrepreneurs to request Union government to halt jade mining and export

Jade entrepreneurs have united to submit a signed proposal to the Union Government to suspend jade mining and jade exports with the aim of creating a domestic jade market and promoting the market, said U Than Win from Pwint Kaung jade trading. Over 20,000 jade businessmen from Mandalay, Sagiang and Pharkant signed the proposal and […]

Old rice prices stable despite decline in export price of rice to China

The prices of old rice are still stable despite a decline in export prices of rice to China. Prices of low-quality rice in Mandalay market is on the decline because of China’s low demand for low-quality rice and Chinese Yuan depreciation, said U Thein Zaw, the chairman of Mandalay Rice Depot. Myanmar’s low quality rice […]

In Burma’s wildest corner, jade, drugs and rebels will test the new government

MYITKYINA, Burma — The jade tycoon of Burma lives behind stone walls and a sophisticated security system. A visitor must be buzzed through a gate into the garden, pass a hunk of jade as big as a compact refrigerator, enter through a sliding screen and glide by the preserved tusks of the family elephant before sitting […]

Kachin State Authorities Continue Illegal Timber Seizures, Myanmar Official Says

Kachin state government authorities in northern Myanmar seized more than 20,000 metric tons (22,046 U.S. tons) of illegal timber near the country’s border with China over the last five years, a high-ranking forestry official said Thursday. Aung Naing, Kachin state minister of forestry and mines, told RFA’s Myanmar Service that authorities confiscated nearly 10,600 metric […]

Shops close as jade prices drop by 70pc in Kachin State

Demand has fallen after a Chinese government crackdown on traders who bought value-added jade without paying tax, said U Z Lum, chair of the Myanmar Gems and Jewellery Entrepreneurs’ Association in Myitkyina, the capital of Kachin State. “Chinese buyers have to pay high taxes in China if they buy our value-added products. This has had […]

Booming Chinese Demand For Jade Fuels Armed Conflict And Entrenched Corruption In Myanmar

From the garden deck of his office, Yup Zau Hkawng looks over one of the greener cities in Asia. Myitkyina is the capital of Myanmar’s Kachin State, its wide boulevards lined with trees. The sleepy town boasts a bustling downtown market painted vivid green, just a few blocks from the modest but charming central library, […]

Telenor Numbers Begin New Code, Service Area Widens

Telenor has begun to distribute a new series of SIM cards with phone numbers beginning with “78”, where previous cards began with “79”. The Norwegian firm’s network began operations in September last year, and since then it has gathered 6.4 million users in 10 states and regions around the country. “Telenor Myanmar has produced approximately […]

Telecom price war intensifies

The price war in Myanmar’s telecoms industry has intensified as the two foreign players stepped up their efforts to dominate the market with cheaper internet packages. The latest battle took place on May 26 when Qatar’s Ooredoo announced that it would cut its 3G internet charge from Ks10 per MB to Ks6 for non-contract customers. […]

Air Mandalay Shows Off New Embraer Fleet Ahead of Relaunch

Air Mandalay hosted a special flight to Ngapali for members of the press and stakeholders to display its new fleet prior to its official recommencement of scheduled flights on May 1. Air Mandalay suspended its operations on December 10 last year citing “unforeseen delays on the scheduled arrival” of leased aircraft. Its charter services officially […]