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Yangon project tests quake resistance of city high-rises

A project to assess the ability of Yangon’s buildings to withstand earthquakes will begin with Tarmwe township, the region’s Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein said at the launch of the project at a local hotel. Tarmwe is densely populated and has many high-rise buildings, so they should be strengthened to be able to resist […]

Police arrest people for making, distributing fake foreign booze

Police have arrested three suspects who allegedly manufactured fake foreign-branded alcoholic drinks in two townships in Yangon, a senior police officer said. The suspects were arrested during a raid of houses in Htantabin and Mingaladon townships after receiving a tip from an informant about illegal activity in the area. During the raids, police officers seized […]

French aid to improve water supplies

The French Development Agency (AFD) and the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) signed on September 22 a €1,25 million grant agreement that aims at financing the improvement of water service management in Tarmwe Township in Yangon. The project seeks to implement a technical and commercial management model for the municipality’s water service in the pilot […]

As tech spreads, Myanmar women become victims of ‘revenge porn’

Like many 20-year-olds in Myanmar, Ma Yadana Kyaw Thu* has had a Facebook account for several years to share her thoughts and photos, and to stay in touch with friends. But then, earlier this year, she started receiving disturbing phone calls from unknown men. After a while she realised someone had created a fake Facebook […]

Beer station profits slump as pumps close

Some Yangon beer stations are still flouting a long-ignored law against selling draught beer without a special licence, which local authorities recently started trying to enforce. Those that have followed the letter of the law, meanwhile, are seeing business slump. Most beer stations across the country have served draught beer for many years under an FL17 […]

Public buses and taxis lack full insurance

Long-distance buses – including those that ply the notorious “Death Highway” between Yangon and Mandalay – lack sufficient insurance coverage, insurance officials say. They have embarked on a campaign to persuade bus companies to take out insurance so they can compensate passengers for their injuries in the event of an accident, and say that many […]

Draught law causes beer station panic

On Kyar Kwet Thit Street in Yangon’s Tarmwe township, famous because it is home to more than 50 beer stations, dozens of young and middle-aged men and a handful of girls in their 20s enjoyed the nightlife earlier this week. At around 9pm customers were relaxed as they held mugs of draught beer, while the […]

Right-hand-left-hand spat sets back draft Automobile Policy

A right royal hoo-ha has been raised by proposals that only left-hand drive cars should be imported in future. The draft Myanmar Automobile Policy, which transportation experts have been working on for the past two years, is expected to recommend the left-hand drive importation policy. The Myanmar Engineering Society (MES), which is drawing up the […]

Congestion tax proposal divides Yangon residents

A proposal to levy a “congestion tax” on cars entering downtown Yangon has prompted a fierce response from motorists, who say it will do little to reduce traffic and may even create more jams. The debate was prompted by U Ba Myint, from the Yangon Supervisory Committee for Motor Vehicles, which is better known by […]

Yangon auditor-general two years behind on government accounts

Two members of the Yangon Region parliament – an MP from the Union Solidarity and Development Party and one independent – are calling for the release of audits into regional government spending for the past two years. So far MPs say they have only received audited reports for spending in 2012-13 – the fiscal year […]