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Agency to issue daily rating of Yangon air

Yangon’s air quality is still within safe limits despite the growing number of vehicles in the city, according to the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology, which began issuing daily updates on the city’s air pollution on Tuesday. The measurement on Tuesday rated the city’s air quality index (AQI) at 95. The index calculates the concentration […]

Myanmar Govt Asks Tour Operators to Suspend Travel Services for Chinese Visitors

YANGON—Myanmar’s Ministry of Hotels and Tourism (MOHT) has asked travel companies and tour operators to temporarily stop providing services to Chinese travelers planning to visit Myanmar, amid growing concern over the coronavirus outbreak. A deputy director of the ministry, U Aung Aye Han, told The Irrawaddy, “We warned them [travel companies] to stop offering all […]

Amid Chinese Flu Fears, Mandalay Goes Without Masks While Dealers Make Profits

Mandalay – As concerns over the coronavirus rise, pharmacies and medical stores in Mandalay are facing shortages of surgical masks. Mandalay receives the highest number of Chinese arrivals by air or overland, making the city particularly vulnerable to the virus. It is also a Chinese business hub with the largest jade market in the country, […]

Myanmar health experts seek ban on e-cigarettes

Ko Thura Aung was very happy that he was able to buy an e-cigarette for K3000 (US$2), much lower than its normal price of about K25000, from a roadside shop in Tarmwe township on his return from work. “We are inspired by the actors in advertisements who blow smoke from e-cigarettes. When I get it […]

Health Foundation Chief Looks to Ban Smoking in Yangon

Yangon – The People’s Health Foundation is implementing a four-year plan to designate Yangon as a smoke-free city, according to foundation chairman Dr Than Sein. Speaking at the launch of a campaign to raise public awareness about the dangers of passive smoking on Tuesday, Dr. Than Sein said the campaign aimed to prevent non-smokers from […]

Black market fills the gap as drug quotas create shortage of opioids

Low domestic production and strict controls on the import and distribution of opioid medicines has created a shortage of pain-killing drugs, forcing some to turn to the burgeoning black market for relief. A CALM and peaceful atmosphere prevails at the U Hla Tun Hospice, a palliative care facility in Yangon’s East Dagon Township where treatment […]

The many battlefronts of Grab versus Gojek in Southeast Asia

The term ‘super app’ became a popular buzzword in Southeast Asia after Grab and Gojek, the region’s two biggest tech startups, began using the term to describe themselves. It’s meant to signal their ambition to become the one-stop app to offer services and solutions that help people address their daily needs–from transportation to food, to […]

A Close-Up Look at Mergui Archipelago’s Nascent Eco-Tourism Industry

With its pristine natural islands and Moken “sea gypsy” tribes—whose way of life is rapidly disappearing—the Mergui Archipelago has long held a special fascination as a travel destination for outsiders. Myeik town itself is famous for its pearl shops, edible-nest swiftlet, fish, shrimp and crab farms, as well its British colonial-era structures. A walk around […]

‘Creating triple wins’: inclusive business in Myanmar

They can create new income opportunities for the poor by engaging them in the value chains of profitable businesses while paying better than market rates. They can also provide goods and services to the poor that address key needs in areas such as health, education, housing, finance, water and sanitation. Inclusive businesses are typically profitable […]

Kayin residents want monitoring of cement factories’ operations

Residents living near two cement factories in Hpa-an Township in Kayin State have called on the government to ensure transparency in the operation of the plants in order to protect their health amid reports they are already using coal for power. Some 2955 residents near the factory in Myaingkalay Village, said they are worried about […]