FDA burns illegal food, drugs in Myeik

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has burned food and drugs unfit for consumption in Myeik, Taninthayi Region. Expired and unlicensed items were among the destroyed goods. Dr Zin May Htay, secretary at the Myeik District FDA, said: “We found 104 drugs unfit for consumption from AA Medical Products Co. We also inspected drug stores […]

Mandalay merchants deny scandal

Merchants from Mandalay Region have rebutted a social-media rumour that six bean dealers have stolen millions of kyat. Soe Win Myint, owner of the Soe Win Myint wholesale centre, said: “In Mandalay we don’t run away because of debts. Well, some did in the past, but the number was insignificantly low.” Although he confirmed the […]

Skin cure fad driving Myanmar elephant poaching surge: WWF

YANGON: Myanmar’s wild elephants are being poached in record numbers with at least 20 killed this year due to surging demand for their hide, WWF said Monday, warning the species is facing a “crisis”. Hunters are increasingly targeting mothers and calves, using poisoned arrows to inflict a slow and agonising death before stripping them of […]

Street-side petrol sellers cling on as station numbers increase

Street-side petrol sellers were a common sight before 2010, when there were relatively few official petrol stations, all run by a government monopoly. The introduction of private fuel stations brought the number of stations from 260 in 2010 to over 1000 now, reducing the need for roadside fuel vendors as it became easier for drivers […]

Market vendors protest lottery for new stalls

Stallholders in the old Thiri Yadanar Sanpya Market in Mandalay Region’s Pyin Oo Lwin township say they are prepared to demonstrate against a plan that would deny many of them places in the new market – unless they win a lottery. Of the more than 400 retailers doing business in the temporary market, only 220 […]