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Residents say electricity rates should be lowered in off-grid areas

Residents in gas-producing regions like Tanintharyi are questioning why they still have to pay higher rates instead of being covered by the national grid. The government hiked electricity tariffs last week, and the new rates took effect on July 1. While consumers of residential and religious buildings will be charged the previous rate of K35 […]

New Tanintharyi Chief Minister Pledges to Tackle Power, Land Issues New

The new Tanintharyi Region chief minister has vowed to address power shortages and land disputes in the region. As he took the oath of office as the region’s new chief minister on Monday, U Myint Maung promised “to return to local farmers the farmland that private companies have left idle, for the development of the […]

Cruise ship arrives in Mergui

The ‘last island paradise’ of the Mergui Archipelago, straddling Myanmar and Thailand, has been in the spotlight with a high-level inspection and a day visit by a large super-cruise ship last week. The group of over 800 islands, for decades dubbed ‘the forbidden islands’ following its closure to all by the Burmese military junta since […]

Confusion arises on settlement of gas debts in Tanintharyi region

Global Grand Services Co Ltd (GGS), which distributes electricity produced from natural gas in Tanintharyi Region, owes billions of kyat to the Ministry of Electricity and Energy (MOEE), an official of the ministry has told The Myanmar Times. Some two million cubic feet (56,600 cubic metres) of natural gas is provided daily to GGS with […]

Tanintharyi Residents Call on Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi Address Corruption Concerns

Residents of a coastal town in southern Myanmar’s Tanintharyi region demanded Wednesday that State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi take action against their government over complaints about corruption and poor administration by removing the chief minister and the minister of planning and finance. During a three-day visit to the far-flung region, people at a gathering […]

Gas pipeline at Zawtika to be replaced

The replacement of a gas pipeline at the Zawtika project, offshore of Myanmar, will be conducted to reliably supply gas to Myanmar, said Mr. Piya Sukhumpanumet, general manager of PTTEP Myanmar Asset. Mr Piya was speaking to journalists during a media tour to Zawtika, located in block M-9 of the Moattama Gulf, Tanintharyi Region on […]

Could Myanmar Get Its Foot in the Door When it Comes to Gambling Legalization?

The gambling industry is in a constant state of development and progress and this could be easily seen when the focus is on the developing markets. One such example of a country attempting to make a move and explore the vast opportunities provided by the gambling industry is Myanmar. Also known as the Republic of […]

Casinos may be allowed to operate after gambling law amendment

Casinos will be allowed to operate in Myanmar after amendments are made to the Gambling Law by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), is enacted, said U Aung Naing Oo, director general of the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA) this week. This comes after five regional and state chief ministers from Mandalay, Tanintharyi, […]

New bridge to resolve Thilawa’s transport nightmare

INVESTORS in Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) and Thanlyin residents now see the light at the end of the long tunnel, as a new bridge connecting the area with Yangon is scheduled to complete within four years. The new Bago River bridge, expected to become operational in 2021, will be built next to the existing […]

Premchai’s charges add to Myanmar worry over Dawei economic zone

The arrest of Premchai Karnasuta, president of Thailand-based Italian-Thai Development company (ITD) on poaching charges, has caused alarm in Myanmar’s Dawei communities, where the company is developing the of Dawei Special Economic Zone (SEZ), the Myanmar Times online has reported. The news outlet also reported that despite the unprecedented media outcry over the case, it […]