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Yangon CM says region economy run by over 30,000 MSME businessmen

Yangon Region Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein said that there were over 30,000 businesses of Micro, Small, Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) registered as business entities in the Yangon Region and they run the region’s economy. “We compiled the list of these businesses by using digital technology. Over 30,000 businesses are registered in the region and our […]

Thaketa gas plant commences supplying power in Yangon

More than 40,000 households will now receive electricity following the scheduled completion and opening of a combined-cycle gas power plant in Thaketa township, Yangon Region, over the weekend. The Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) was signed in January 2016. The 106 megawatt plant was built and will be operated under a 30-year joint venture between the […]

Yangon, Mon Power Plants to Come Online in ’18

​​ Two new power plants in Yangon Region and Mon State with a combined capacity of 226 megawatts will start power distribution in 2018, U Htay Aung, the deputy permanent secretary for the Ministry of Electricity and Energy, said Thursday. The Yangon power plant in Thaketa township has a capacity of 106 megawatts and the Mon […]

Police Arrest 12 in Connection with Naypyitaw Arms Seizure

NAYPYITAW — Police have detained 12 people in connection with the seizure of firearms in the administrative capital Naypyitaw, according to the Ministry of Home Affairs. “The most important thing is to seize remaining weapons and arrest accomplices,” Deputy Home Affairs Minister Maj-Gen Aung Soe told reporters in Naypyitaw. “So, we are working to make […]

China-Myanmar gas power plant to be completed on schedule in 2018

A combined-cycle gas power plant in Thaketa Township will begin operations as scheduled in the first quarter of 2018, according to a statement released by General Electric (GE) earlier this month. The plant will be powered by GE’s renowned F-class gas turbines, producing 106 megawatts of energy when complete in 2018. A joint venture between […]

Thaketa project caters to growing expat influx

The growing number of expats in Yangon is putting strain on existing residential property, providing a market opportunity for higher-end housing. ZAO Property is conducting renovations on 34 homes in Yangon’s Thaketa township, aiming to cater to the expat crowd. Sales director Chris Oram said he has been in Myanmar since 1998, and over 16 […]

Exam results slump

The results for this year’s basic education exams have seen the pass rate drop in grades 5 and 9, which were designated as government-controlled exams by the No.3 Basic Education Department (BED). Grade 5 saw 76 per cent passes whereas grade 9 had a 54 per cent success rate with those failing having to re-sit […]

Ministry planning more bridges around Yangon

More bridges are to be added around Yangon Region with support from international organisations, according to officials from the Ministry of Construction. Infrastructure development often requires support from international organisations, which have helped fund three bridge projects in the Yangon area, said U Kyaw Kaung Cho, an engineer with the ministry. The Thaketa bridge is […]

Japan to Fund New Yangon Bridge

YANGON — Construction of a new bridge to connect downtown Yangon with Thaketa Township will begin in April next year, according to the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), which is funding the project. The Japanese aid body is providing a maximum grant of about US$4.1 million for the four-lane bridge, with an “extradosed” architectural style […]

Mon State Arrest Linked to Traders Hotel Bombing

Police in Mon State’s Thaton Township detained a man on Tuesday morning who was allegedly involved in the planting of a bomb at Traders Hotel in Rangoon that detonated late Monday night, injuring an American woman. In a statement issued by the township police station on Tuesday, authorities said they arrested Saw Myint Lwin on […]