Myanmar’s 1st MMA champ Aung La N Sang: ‘I’m no politician, but I fight for my people

SINGAPORE: Aung La N Sang feels good. “Amazing”, even, with barely a week having passed since he was crowned Myanmar’s first-ever mixed martial arts (MMA) champion. On June 30, willed on by a thunderous Yangon home crowd, the 32-year-old underdog stunned his undefeated opponent to capture the middleweight title belt of ONE Championship, Asia’s largest […]

Prospectors Sued After Finding Massive Jade Boulder on Company Land

Five prospectors who found a jade boulder weighing 8.7 tons have been charged with theft in Kachin State’s Lone Kin jade mining region. According to police, U Nay Tun—the Deputy Director of Myamar Gems Enterprise office of Lone Kin—filed a lawsuit against prospectors Htoo Zaw, Mon Khaung, Naing Win, Wa Lone and Myo Khin, accusing […]

Battling for Blood Jade: Inside One of the World’s Most Dangerous Industries

When the earth collapsed, as it does nearly every day in the jade hills of Myanmar, Ye Min Naing was poised on a steep slope of rubble and scree. It was a rainy night six months ago, at the tail end of the monsoons. A truck with wheels the height of a man had just […]

Japanese companies flock to Myanmar

Japanese companies are trying to court Myanmar’s growing middle class. On Dec. 29, Honda Motor opened its 115th motorcycle dealership in the country, in Myitkyina, the capital of the state of Kachin. The Japanese company opened five dealerships in Myanmar in December alone — all in smaller cities. The total number was up 40% from […]

Yangon Regional Government Says it Will Step Up Efforts to Reduce Earthquake Damage

​​ Yangon’s regional government is planning to form an earthquake monitoring committee in an effort to reduce the potential damage to the city’s buildings and to take responsibility for carrying out rehabilitation activities, state media has reported. The committee will be responsible for the promotion of public awareness of earthquakes and the development of a […]

Myanmar’s Rickety Railways Poised for a Revamp

​​ YANGON — As they pass Insein Station, a farmer and her fellow workers drag five huge bundles of vegetables to the front aisle of a railway car on the notoriously inefficient Yangon Circular Railway Line, forcing passengers to climb over the fresh produce if they want to enter or leave the carriage. The group […]

Air KBZ to Operate International Flights to Chiang Mai

Air KBZ plans to launch its first international route on 2 December, when it will begin thrice-weekly flights from Yangon to Chiang Mai, Thailand, said Assistant General Manager Daw Aye Mra Thar. The Myanmar airline planned to begin the new flight in November, but could not do so because of negotiations with Thailand authorities. A […]

Cement import license seekers found the highest in Myitkhina, Kachin State

Out of export and import license seekers through border areas, the number of cement import license seekers is found to be the highest in Myitkyina, Kachin State. The cement licensees are the highest there because there are not many license seekers in Myitkyina, said U Htein Lin, the assistant director from Myitkyina import and export […]

Experts urge to check high-rise buildings for quake resistance

High-rise buildings in Yangon and Mandalay are needed to be checked for quake resistance as the cities are located near the Sagaing fault line, said Myanmar Earthquake Committee. “I think people who live in the quake zone need to be alert aganist possible quake,” said Daw Hla Hla Aung, Patron of the committee at a […]

Jade entrepreneurs to request Union government to halt jade mining and export

Jade entrepreneurs have united to submit a signed proposal to the Union Government to suspend jade mining and jade exports with the aim of creating a domestic jade market and promoting the market, said U Than Win from Pwint Kaung jade trading. Over 20,000 jade businessmen from Mandalay, Sagiang and Pharkant signed the proposal and […]