Domestic airline announces flight suspension

Domestic airline Air Thanlwin on Wednesday suspended flights to Myitkyina, the capital of Kachin State, as well as the cities of Tachileik, Kyaingtong and Lashio in adjacent Shan State. The suspension will continue until April 16, the company said in an announcement. myopenads The airline did not provide reasons for the cancellations but promised to […]

Yangon bus lines to keep prices stable even as number of passengers halves

Bus lines at Yangon Region Highway Bus Terminal will be selling tickets at normal prices, the Yangon Region Transport Authority (YRTA) said today (March 31). The decision comes shortly after the Ministry of Transport and Communications directed all Regional Supervision Committees to instruct bus lines to reduce the number of passengers by half on March […]

Pandemic adds to Chinese infrastructure delays in Myanmar: ICG

The Covid-19 pandemic and resulting shock to the economy are likely to ease pressure on Myanmar to speed up China’s ambitious but slow-moving infrastructure programme, according to a new report by the International Crisis Group (ICG). The ICG noted that President Xi Jinping’s visit to Myanmar in January, when the outbreak was in its early […]

Media council vows to name those spreading fake news

The Myanmar Press Council has threatened to publicly name the people behind social media pages that intentionally spread fake news. U Kyaw Swa Min, secretary of the council, said some social media pages and accounts try to cause public panic by spreading fake news. “We have no power to take action against these social media […]

Worker unions in Myanmar to campaign for factory closures, full wages in April

Worker unions are planning to lobby for the closing of factories for full wages in April, said Ma Moe Sandar Myint, acting head of the Federation of Garment Workers Myanmar (FGWM). About 30 worker unions under the FGWM will participate in a slew of campaigns for this purpose. As there are only two weeks’ worth […]

Over 200 people quarantined at lakeside hotel compound in Yangon – lawmaker

The Inya Lake Hotel compound in Yangon has been placed under quarantine after a staff member at a private clinic on the site tested positive for coronavirus. The order means more than 200 people will be unable to leave the compound for 14 days, said Yan Shin, a local regional lawmaker. “We were told there […]

COVID-19 pandemic pushes reluctant Aung San Suu Kyi to Facebook

YANGON: Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi cited the coronavirus pandemic as the impetus for reluctantly creating her first personal Facebook account in a post on Wednesday (Apr 1). Since coming to power in 2016, Suu Kyi has largely communicated through formal statements and public meetings. She rarely gives press conferences or interviews. Advertisement READ: […]

20%-40% of pregnant women in Myanmar suffer from diabetes

In Myanmar 20 percent to 40 percent of pregnant women suffer from diabetes, according to a nationwide survey. In the world also, 199 million women are suffering from diabetes and the number is likely to reach 303 million by 2040, according to data from the World Health Organization. Diabetic women patients need to take care […]

Mandalay closes 41 markets, Dawei shuts down beaches

Mandalay city ordered the shutdown of 41 big markets, and Dawei city in Tanintharyi region closed its famed beaches as Myanmar’s bid to prevent a COVID-19 outbreak leveled-up on Saturday. U Kyaw San Myint, a member of the Mandalay City Development Committee, said the closure of 41 big markets starts on Saturday evening. All the […]

Myanmar baby products e-tailer built by ex-Garena staff gets funding

While the Covid-19 outbreak is putting some investments on hold, Kyarlay, an ecommerce platform in Myanmar that sells and delivers baby products, announced it just secured US$750,000 in funding. The fresh capital came from VC firm Emerging Markets Entrpreneurs (EME) and investment management firm United Managers Japan. Photo credit: EME Husband and wife Soe Lin […]