Elite Company joins LPG race

Elite Company has been granted permission to distribute Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) in Myanmar, director of State-owned Myanma Petrochemical Enterprise (MPE) U Aung Myint told The Myanmar Times after a press conference on October 12. LPG is a flammable mixture of hydrocarbon gases used as a substitute for electricity in cooking. Elite Company will start […]

Yangon government reviews cinema rental fee

Yangon Region government is reviewing the rental fee for state owned and private cinemas, Minister Daw Naw Pan Thinzar Myo for Karen Affairs said Tuesday at Yangon Region Parliament session. MP U Kyaw Zay Ya from Dagon Township asked the parliament when the regional government started renting out cinemas and stalls in Yangon Region and […]

Workers Demand Minimum Wage Increase

Around 2,000 workers staged a protest march in Hlaingthayar Township yesterday, demanding the immediate raising of the minimum daily wage to Ks 5,600. Members of the Myanmar Labour Union Network organised the protest in cooperation with workers from Pathein, Bago, Thanlyin, Mingaladon and Hlaingthayar townships. Hla Hla from the Myanmar Labour Union Network said: “We […]

Computer Problem Hurts Squatters List Compilation in Dagon Seikkan

​​ YANGON- The government started compiling a list of squatters from Dagon Seikkan Township, Yangon Region, at the Yuzana Garden Housing Sale Centre and Panintayarma Monastery in Dagon Seikkan Township on Tuesday, said MP Nyi Nyi from the No 1 Constituency of Dagon Myothit (South). The squatters list will be completed in two to three. […]

Yangon Govt to Offer Low-Cost Housing to ‘Real’ Squatters

The Yangon Region government is in the process of arranging low-cost housing for “real squatters” in the commercial capital, Yangon’s security and border affairs minister told the regional legislature yesterday. He was responding to a question from lawmaker U Kyaw Zeya (NLD; Dagon 2), who asked why MPs had yet to be provided with follow-up […]

Public Company to Build Government Housing Project

Public company Myanmar Construction and Development will finance and build a low-cost government housing project in Yangon. Chair of Myanmar Construction and Development U Thar Htay confirmed to The Myanmar Times that his company had entered into a partnership with the Ministry of Construction’s Department of Urban Housing and Development (DUHD). U Thar Htay is also the […]

Turkish Powership Sets Sail

A Turkish-built floating power plant capable of generating 480 megawatts will cross the seas to Myanmar next year to help beat blackouts in the Yangon region. The Karadeniz Powership Onur Sultan was launched in Istanbul on November 13. Karadeniz Holding officials said the vessel – which they called the “world’s largest floating power plant” – […]

Passengers Complain After Bus Drivers Raise Fares

Passengers expressed concern and displeasure during an impromptu gathering on Tuesday over unauthorised fare increases on the Yangon-Thanlyin bus line from Ks300 to Ks500. Bus drivers on the Yangon-Thanlyin line were allegedly demanding extra charges, which caused a tense situation yesterday that prompted Daw Nilar Kyaw, Minister for Electrical Power, Industry and Transportation, an official […]

Ministry of Construction sees urgent need for Yangon-Thanlyin bridge replacement

A bridge linking downtown Yangon with Thanlyin township across the Bago River is being tested beyond its limits and “could break at any time” according to an official at the Ministry of Construction, who said the government is planning to build a stronger second bridge as a matter of urgency. Yangon-Thanlyin 1 Bridge was designed […]

Foreign companies to be invited to build Yangon low-cost housing

Foreign companies will soon be invited through a public tender to build low-cost housing projects in Yangon Region, according to the Ministry of Construction. This will mark the first time foreign contractors are given access to the affordable housing sector in Myanmar. Ministry officials have said they will prioritise building housing for the poor, after […]