Drones must steer clear of Shwedagon

Shwedagon Pagoda is now a no drone zone. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are not welcome to fly over the famed pagoda or its grounds without prior permission, the pagoda trustee committee announced at a September 30 press conference. The board of trustees said the ban has been in place for a year, but has not […]

Rangoon Govt Orders Safety Modifications to High-Rise Buildings Under Construction

RANGOON — Despite complaints from developers, a review committee for the construction of high-rise buildings has ordered safety modifications to 12 structures, stating that failure to follow Rangoon’s updated urban planning standards could cause harm to the city and its residents. This week the Rangoon divisional government ordered the developers of the buildings to reduce […]

Two river pump projects to supply clean water to Yangon

To satisfy increasing demand for water in Yangon, the Yangon City Development Committee is planning to implement water-pumping projects in the Kukkowa River and Toe River this fiscal year. The two projects will have the capacity to distribute 100 million gallons of water daily. The Kukkowa project will supply 60 million gallons daily to Hlaingthaya, […]

Myanmar govt suspends 68 projects, waiting for new administration

YANGON – The Thein Sein government has suspended 68 projects, including coal-fired power plants, mining and private sector deals, to allow the next government to manage the assets when it takes office, according to state-owned newspapers. The report was published shortly after MPs discussed an urgent proposal last week calling the government to scrutinise the […]

YCDC to build sewage treatment plants across Yangon

THE Yangon City Development Committee will build sewage treatment plants throughout the commercial city in cooperation with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Daw Khin Aye Myint of YCDC said: “The current sewage treatment system in Yangon is no longer able to treat sewage water. We will build sewage treatment plants near Yangon River, Bago […]

Epic state auction hushes market

The big sell-off has finally arrived. The Privatisation Commission, charged with auctioning state-owned enterprises, on February 13 released a list of 268 sites that will be sold off nationwide, with a final bid submission date of February 24. There are 157 properties in Yangon up for grabs, including many in Bahan, Yankin, Insein, Hlaing, Mayangone, […]

Pioneering bus line forced to lay off staff as losses mount

A joint attempt by the government and private sector to solve many of the problems of Yangon’s traffic congestion is close to collapse. Forever Green Road Transport has fired 15 bus conductors, about 30 percent of its total, citing monthly losses. A spokesperson for the company blamed the lack of government support. The company – […]

Exam results slump

The results for this year’s basic education exams have seen the pass rate drop in grades 5 and 9, which were designated as government-controlled exams by the No.3 Basic Education Department (BED). Grade 5 saw 76 per cent passes whereas grade 9 had a 54 per cent success rate with those failing having to re-sit […]

Unicef Defends US$90,000 a month rental for Yangon Office

RANGOON — The representative of the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) in Burma has claimed the agency got a “good deal” on its new Rangoon office, after it emerged that the agency is paying a large sum in rent to a former military official. On Tuesday, The Irrawaddy published information from sources close to Unicef […]

Yangon residence to be showcased in Singapore

Myanmar developer United GP Development will hold a Yangon property show in Singapore this weekend to attract Myanmar nationals living in the city state to invest in a 27-storey luxury condominium located in Bahan township. The 68 Residence mixed-use project will be exclusively marketed in Singapore by Orange Tee, a local real estate agency. The […]