FDA shuts down seven drinking water factories in Yangon

Seven drinking water factories were shut down in Yangon last week for violations of government rules, the region’s Department of Food and Drug Administration said. Two drinking water factories in Hlaing township were ordered closed on August 10 for failing to observe good manufacturing practices, while five others from Hlegu township were shut down on […]

Local Company Submits Proposal for Yangon- Mandalay Oil Pipeline

Myanmar Energy Sector Devel­opment Public Company Limited (MES­DPCL) has submitted a $300 million pipeline proposal to the Ministries of Planning & Finance and Electric Power & En­ergy, said Dr. Win Myint a member of the board of directors. The plan outlines the construction of two pipe­lines, each 14 inches in diameter, running 650 kilometers from […]

Myanmar Authorities Level Homes of Yangon ‘Squatters’ to Make Way For Residential Housing

About 200 Myanmar police officers and 1,000 hired hands on Monday dismantled 4,000 squatters’ homes and arrested five residents in a township in the commercial capital Yangon under orders from the regional government to clear the area for a high-rise residential project, local officials said. Authorities forcefully tore down the shanty town in Hlegu township […]

Yangon Authorities Demolish 4,000 Squatter Huts

Authorities launched a large squatter removal operation on June 12 using a 1,500 hired workers to demolish around 4,000 squatter huts in Hlegu Township, Yangon Region. The squatter hut village stretched for five miles along and the Yangon-Mandalay Expressway. Yu Khaing, the regional director of the Department of Urban and Housing Development under the Ministry […]

Avoid Loss of Foreign Investments: Report

The Yangon Region Finance, Planning and Economic Committee has sent its yearly report to the regional parliament, urging for action to be taken in order to avoid the loss of foreign investments. Committee chair Daw Sandar Min said the regional government must put emphasis on issues that could affect investments and the economy. Among the […]

Hlegu Lures Speculators

​​ Speculators with their eyes on Hlegu township are turning the area into a property price hotspot, according to real estate agents. The property market in Yangon has been notoriously sluggish in recent years, but speculators are making an exception of Helgu, said Daw Thuzar May, director of Thit Sar property real estate agent. Real estate agents […]

Residents encamped along highway vow to return if evicted

Defiant residents have laid down a challenge to the Yangon Region government: If you evict us, we will return. The squatters insist they will not be driven from their homes because they have nowhere else to go. Their stance is a serious challenge to the regional government’s insistence that it will not resort to the tactics […]

Govt to Ban Timber Harvest in Pegu Yoma Mountain Range

RANGOON — In the Pegu Range, home to some of Burma’s major forests, the harvest of timber will undergo a 10-year hiatus starting in the 2017-2018 fiscal year, according to Aye Cho Thaung, deputy general manager of the country’s Forestry Department. The Pegu Range, also known as Pegu Yoma, is a series of low mountains […]

Rangoon Chief Minister: ‘Public Support Is Our Strength’

RANGOON — When Phyo Min Thein was appointed Chief Minister of Rangoon Division in late March, the 46-year-old National League for Democracy lawmaker knew he would face multiple challenges, from deteriorating infrastructure to controversial development projects to foreign investment. The two-time political prisoner—who spent a total of 15 years behind bars—said that he learned perseverance […]

New Chief Minister of Rangoon Looks to Improve Infrastructure

RANGOON — Rangoon’s new chief minister said Monday he will focus on using local and foreign investment to ramp up the development of infrastructure in Burma’s commercial capital. A lawmaker for Hlegu Township, Phyo Min Thein was appointed Chief Minister of Rangoon by the National League for Democracy (NLD) during a divisional parliament session on Monday. […]