Farmers call for urgent intervention as rice price plummets

The price of rice has fallen dramatically over recent weeks leading farmers to call for an urgent intervention by authorities. Farmers are struggling, U Thein Aung, chair of the Free Farmers Association, told The Myanmar Times. Prices began to fall when Indonesian buyers discovered pests in a shipment of rice from Myanmar, and refused to pay […]

Myanmar spelling disrupts Carlsberg’s marketing plan

MYANMAR Carlsberg has learned a lesson the hard way: It should have been wiser in picking a local term for its marketing plan. The company, the brewer of Tuborg beer, has been embroiled in widespread criticism this past week, after its decision to use a popular Myanmar term – tu po – on the label. […]

Jade market slumps as buyers stay away

More than two years into the slump, jade prices show no sign of recovery at Mandalay’s Maha Aung Myay jade market. Though some traders say they have made small profits, many others are holding back their stock to avoid selling at a loss. The two sales highlights of the year – the Chinese New Year […]

New property tax rates can spur demand for real estate market

Real estate agents are extending a cautious welcome to a change in the tax laws that could stimulate the torpid property market. A combination of anxiety over the coming election and backlash against huge price surges over the past few years has had a significant cooling effect on the property market since at least the […]

Thailand’s Index halts Myanmar projects

Index Creative Village Plc, Thailand’s largest event organiser, has temporarily suspended its Myanmar projects due to stricter licensing requirements by that country’s government. The move comes amid growing political uncertainty in Myanmar this year that has prompted the government to impose stricter guidelines against people gathering in a bid to prevent potential protests. Kriengkrai Karnchanapokin, […]

Over 10,000 Myanmar migrants seek work in Thailand

MYAWADY – More than 10,000 Myanmar migrants have entered Thailand through the border town of Myawady in the past three months to seek jobs. An official from the Maywady-Mae Sot Friendship Bridge noted that the traffic has increased and some workers may face difficulties as both countries celebrate the water festival, so-called Thingyan in Myanmar […]

Water Festival’s pandal ticket-sellers take to Facebook to reach young people

IT was just a matter of time. Water festival enthusiasts seeking the best splash for their kyat are now booking space on pandals through Facebook. This form of social media arrived in 2011 and took off in 2012. This year, you can find all the details you want to know about the names, locations and […]

Pills, terrorism concern water festival police

Police are cracking down on sex, drugs and terrorism in advance of this year’s Thingyan festivities. Revellers planning on a bacchus may have to dampen their expectations as police plan to seize what they call “sex arousal” pills and will also be raiding guesthouses and hotels during the celebration. The authorities warn that unknown side […]

Yangon to allow more pandals for Thingyan water festival

Yangon to allow more pandals for Thingyan water festival YANGON, March 18 (Xinhua) — The Yangon government will the allow setting up of more water-throwing pandals for Thingyan water festival to be celebrated next month, the Yangon City Development Committee said on Wednesday. The committee has received nearly 70 applicants which is more than last […]

Bus ticket price soar ahead of the Burmese New Year (Thingyan) starting 12th April 2014

As the water festival approaches, bus passengers on the Yangon-Mandalay route are getting soaked. In what some say is a tradition as venerable as drenching passers-by with water, ticket prices have soared, with some more than doubling in price as the holiday looms, customers complain. The K8000 price of a ticket from Yangon to Magwe […]