Analysis: Yangon Public Losing Patience With Mercurial Chief Minister

Of Myanmar’s 14 state and regional chief ministers, few have seen such highs and lows in terms of their public approval as Yangon’s U Phyo Min Thein. In 2016, the country’s biggest nationalist group, Ma Ba Tha, threatened to target him with a nationwide protest after he vowed to wipe the group out. In response, […]

NGO Urges Gov’t To Halt Kachin Hydropower Project

A new report pub­lished by the Kachin Develop­ment Networking Group (KDNG) implored the government to cease con­struction on the Ngo Chan Hka Hydropower projects on the Ngo Chang Hka River, citing various ad­verse ecological and social effects. The project’s four dams are the Laung Din, Tongx­inqiao, Khan Kang, and Gaw Lang on the Ngo Chang […]

Myanmar Now Has More Phones Than People – Ministry

The number of mo­bile phones in My­anmar has leapt to 54 million in the last year, up 10 million from the start of April 2016, new figures reveal. Statistics from the Min­istry of Transport and Communications show that the surge in phone purchases has pushed the country’s phone penetra­tion rate to 105 percent. The figure […]

MRTV Names 10 Companies Shortlisted for TV Licenses

​​ RANGOON — The Ministry of Information announced on Thursday that 10 companies have been named to a shortlist for television content provider licenses. Late in 2016, the ministry put out a call to local companies interested in becoming content providers. The selected companies will be licensed to broadcast digital free-to-air television under the umbrella […]