Public buses and taxis lack full insurance

Long-distance buses – including those that ply the notorious “Death Highway” between Yangon and Mandalay – lack sufficient insurance coverage, insurance officials say. They have embarked on a campaign to persuade bus companies to take out insurance so they can compensate passengers for their injuries in the event of an accident, and say that many […]

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 […]

Nepal quake highlights Building Code

The Myanmar Engineering Society is urging developers to follow the National Building Code, after the Nepal earthquake raised concerns on the ability of local buildings to survive disasters. The code is still in draft form, and was initially written in English in 2012. Although it must be passed by parliament to become law, experts say […]

Experts warn of ‘urgent’ need to prepare Yangon for earthquakes

Earthquake experts met in Yangon this week to draw up plans to limit the damage that a seismic event could inflict on the city and its inhabitants. The Yangon city seismic hazard assessment project, which aims to develop a sustainable city plan, was launched on February 19. The immediate result of the project will be […]

Security tightens as the country braces for more bombs

The government has tightened security measures across the country after a series of bomb blasts in Bago and Yangon regions, police sources say. On October 11, a blast occurred in a guesthouse at Taungoo in Bagon Region, killing a man and a woman. After that blast, a bomb exploded at Insein Township in Yangon Region […]