Japan investment to change the face of train travel in Yangon

YANGON – Tourists visiting Myanmar’s largest city, Yangon, could be set to lose one of the star attractions of the former capital, as Japan invests in upgrading the railway which encircles the city. While the responsibility for upgrading the 46 kilometers of track which makes up the Yangon Circular Railway rests with Myanmar Railways, the […]

Three ministries clarify undertakings in first 100 days

THE second press conference on the Union government’s undertakings in the first 100 days was held in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday. The following is the brief of the ministries present at the conference. U Tin Myint, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Home Affairs said the Ministry made efforts in anti-narcotic policing, closed cases involving […]

Threatened treasures

Smart urban policy planning with an eye on preserving Yangon’s colonial-era and heritage buildings will determine the city’s future – and tourism appeal, writes Xinyi Liang-Pholsena In a region that has lost much of its architectural heritage, Yangon stands out for its intact colonial core, due to years of neglect and stagnancy under the military […]

Outgoing Government Gives Wharf Concession to Tycoon’s Shipping Firm

Burma’s Port Authority has awarded Kaung Myanmar Aung Shipping Co. Ltd. the right to develop a new area for cargo ships to dock on downtown Rangoon’s riverside, state media reports. The company is part of the sprawling KMA Group, which is headed by Burmese tycoon Khin Maung Aye, known to be close to outgoing President […]

Who’s who: Myanmar’s new cabinet

Take a look inside the National League for Democracy’s new proposed government with insider profiles of the party’s 18 candidates for ministerial posts: Daw Aung San Suu Kyi (foreign affairs; president’s office; education; energy and electric power) The National League for Democracy leader needs little introduction. Has vowed to rule “above the president”, and with […]

Private freight train services to run Yangon, Mandalay, Myitkyina

Myanmar Railways announced yesterday that Asia Sun Logistics Co. Ltd and Resources Group of Logistics won the tender to establish freight train services as a joint venture along the Yangon-Mandalay and Mandalay- Myitkyina routes. U Thurein Win, managing director of Myanmar Railways, said the new freight lines will begin operating in the near future. “With […]

Railway ministry to privatise Gokteik Viaduct charter trains

Myanmar Railways will call a tender for private companies to operate two charter trains that run across the Gokteik Viaduct, the highest railway bridge in Myanmar. The ministry will advertise the project through state media. The privatisation process is likely to take two months, officials told a press conference on February 12. Early last year […]

Overwhelming interest for Yangon Railway Station plot

Yangon – More than 70 local and foreign companies have submitted their expression of interests to develop the land plot surrounding the Yangon Central Railway Station, according to Myanmar Railways. An anonymous source from the tender scrutinising committee said that their bids would be shortlist and the result would be announced in the second week […]

After a Long Wait, Commuter Tram May Finally Reach Rangoon

An electric commuter tram is set to launch on Jan. 10, Myanmar Railways announced on Wednesday, after months of delays left passengers weary of waiting. The 150-passenger line, originally set to launch in October but set back by infrastructure delays, was envisioned by the company in a US$3.6 million collaboration with Japanese West Corporation as […]

Myanmar Railways awards Yangon signalling contract

Myanmar Railways has appointed Mitsubishi and Hitachi to roll out a modern signalling system between the capital Yangon and Pyuntasa. Valued at 2.4 billion yen (€17.9 million), the contract includes the installation of a train monitoring system, an electronic interlocking system and an automatic level crossing protection system. The contract, which is being funded by […]