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Two Chinese Airlines Start Direct Flights from Yangon

Yangon Aerodrome Co Ltd, operator of Yangon International Airport (YIA), has announced the launch of Qingdao Airlines’ direct flight between Yangon and Ningbo in Zhejiang, China. Qingdao Airlines will operate an Airbus A320 aircraft with the capacity for 180 passengers for the new service that will operate every Monday and Friday between Yangon and Ningbo, […]

Shan allows collection of entrance fees at Inle

The Shan State government has allowed local community organisations to collect entrance fees at Inle Lake so they can have funds to conduct conservation work on their own part of the lake. Speaking on Saturday, U Khin Maung Latt, general secretary of Save Inle Lake, said 16 civil society organisations and another six private associations […]

Government tries to ease bus travel for Thingyan

Arrangements are being made to allow easy access to highway bus tickets without extra fees during the Thingyan festival, said U Win Swe, chair of the Nay Pyi Taw supervisory committee for motor vehicles. “Every passenger will get a bus ticket. We also instructed operators not to increase ticket prices,” he said on Wednesday. Myanmar’s […]

Workers at Myanmar Coffee-mix Factory Stalled in Dispute With Management

Protesting Myanmar workers at a coffee-mix factory in the Yangon region are locked in a stalemate with management over wages and other contract terms after representatives from the two sides met for talks on Tuesday, a leader of a workers’ organization said. Representatives for 700 of the Premier brand factory’s total 900 workers and management […]

Condominium rental market bearish despite higher demand

Even though demand is rising, condominium rentals for foreigners have decreased by 10 percent this year, Dr Htoo Myat Naing from Estate Myanmar told The Myanmar Times on October 9. “Previously, rentals were increasing or stable. The decreasing [rentals] this year is happening for the first time. I don’t foresee it climbing back up. This […]

Myanmar’s stabs at reform test public’s patience

Myanmar’s year-old government has drawn stiff pushback from its sudden cuts to a national holiday and crackdown on unlicensed buses, burning up goodwill won with the promise of change. The government said last month that the public holiday period for the Thingyan water festival marking the new year would be shortened to five days from […]

Yangon Chief Unveils Thingyan Strategy

Yangon Region Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein confirmed on March 24 that the government will be cracking down on several key issues related to Thingyan and increasing bus fares. Phyo Min Thein, at a press conference regarding the water festival, claimed that controversial issues such as commercial water pavilions, sky-rocketing travel costs, over consumption of alcohol, drug use as well as the hot […]

Thingyan Permits Will Be Revoked if Resold

​​ Mandalay authorities warned that they will revoke Thingyan pandal permits that are resold to third parties by winning bidders. Mandalay City Development Committee revenue department head U Win Maung said the authority was now auctioning off the building permits for pandals near the Mandalay moat, and discouraged successful bidders against selling the permits. “If […]

Yangon to Boost Revenue by Taxing for-Profit Pandals

​​ Despite a government ban on for-profit pandals in public areas, the Yangon Region government will allow them in private areas during Thingyan, or water festival, according to Yangon Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein on March 24. “We’ve received applications to hold entertainment pandals at The One Entertainment [in Thuwunna township], People’s park and […]

Govt Stands by Thingyan Holiday Cut

​​ Despite complaints and emergency and meetings being held, Myanmar’s government will stand by its decision to cut the 10-dayThingyan holiday by half. According to Director-General Zaw Htay from the President’s Office, the government had already made its case and any organisations that wish to close for 10 days can do so of their own […]