Yangon Transport Authority Declares YBS a ‘Success’ on Its 1st Birthday

YANGON— Yangon transport officials declared the city’s revamped a bus system a “success” on its first anniversary on Tuesday, downplaying what has generally been regarded as a bumpy start. “The Yangon Bus Service has achieved 70 percent of the goals we set,” Dr. Maung Aung, secretary of the Yangon Region Transport Authority (YRTA), the body […]

Foreign Correspondents Forced to Jump More Hoops to Get Visas

YANGON — Some foreign journalists have left Myanmar and others are preparing to depart after the government tightened visa regulations following critical coverage of the military’s handling of the unrest in Rakhine State. Several foreign journalists told The Irrawaddy that the visa application process was now much more onerous and even required them to sign […]

BGF Plans Large City Expansion Project in Karen State

Karen State, Hpa An – Karen State Chief Minister Daw Nan Khin Htwe Myint confirmed that the Border Guard Force, led by Col Saw Chit Thu, had proposed a large city expansion project for the Kaukoo Myaing region of Myawaddy Township. She said the state government had recently approved an initial project phase on 60 […]

Questions Raised About $300 Million Downtown Development Project

YANGON — Land clearing and demolition for a project worth more than US$300 million on the former site of a Defense Services Museum, near Shwedagon Pagoda, has prompted a lawmaker to inquire about the initiative in the upcoming parliamentary session. U Kyaw Zay Ya, a Yangon regional lawmaker representing Dagon Township—where the site is located—told […]

Yangon government takes first move to bring Reuters to court

The Yangon government has filed a complaint against international news agency Reuters before the Myanmar Press Council over a report about the alleged lack of transparency in the procurement of buses, a senior member of the council said Tuesday. The Yangon government’s move was the first step in hauling Reuters to court, according to legal […]

Mon State Missing Out on Rubber Profits

MAWLAMYINE, Mon State — Mon State rubber, which accounts for nearly half of Myanmar’s production of rubber, loses hundreds of millions of kyats in rubber exports because it is unable to produce high-grade rubber and relies solely on the Chinese market for exports, according to Mon State minister for agriculture, livestock, transportation and communications U […]

Yangon Chief Minister Apologizes to Military Chief

YANGON — Yangon Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein apologized to the Myanmar Army Commander-in-Chief Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing for comments that the military called confrontational. The chief minister said there were no civil-military relations in the democratic era and that the military’s commander-in-chief was the same as the level of director-general according to the […]

Yangon Furniture Store Promotes Local Craftsmanship

There is no material preference at Sirboni Furnishings. As the company’s co-founder Ko Lin Tin Htun Ni puts it, “We use metal, bamboo, wood or rattan, based on design requirements and always considering comfort.” The products at his showroom—located in a bamboo garden in Yangon’s Insein Township—are a testament to this: wood combined with leather […]

Nowhere to Go For Yangon Squatters Driven Out for New ‘Eco Green City’

RANGOON – A mother of two small children, Daw Tin Mar Win gazed on as a group of men demolished her bamboo thatched house with chainsaws, and cut down the mango trees that had surrounded it. On Monday, nearly 400 tenants saw their shelters destroyed by authorities who deemed them “landlord squatters”—local property owners who unlawfully—and often […]

Coffee Culture Grows in Rangoon

RANGOON — It is 2:30 a.m. and I am on my way home after a night out with friends when I find myself watching the teashop boys on my street set up tables with their half-open eyes. The teashop’s soft light is bright enough to see one man baking naan. An older man who prides […]