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Thinking global, acting local

They were born at a time when Myanmar was in the throes of irreversible change; when the dictatorship that gripped the country for decades was losing its stranglehold on the people’s unrelenting and uncompromising bid to regain their freedom. They were too young to understand the 1988 Uprising, but some of them were already old […]

Yangon gov’t makes losses in bus services: Auditor General

Yangon Region government took a loan of Ks-eight billion from Ayeyarwady Bank as it had no sufficient money to buy 1,000 new buses, according to an audit report submitted by Khin Than Hla, Yangon Region Auditor General for 2016-2017 fiscal year, at the session of Yangon region parliament on September 14. On behalf of Yangon […]

MoU for Dala Industrial Development Project Signed

The Yangon regional government and South Korea-based Myanmar Company Wooree signed a memorandum of understanding for the Dala Industrial Development Project on Saturday, a project to be implemented on the west bank of Yangon River near the ongoing Yangon-Dala bridge project in one of Yangon’s undeveloped townships according to the Yangon regional government. The Yangon […]

After Suu Kyi Intervention, Yangon Govt Works to Solve Landfill Fire

NAYPYITAW — Yangon Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein held a hasty meeting late last night after Myanmar State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi offered assistance to his government as a huge landfill fire in Yangon’s Hlaing Thayar Township worsened, threatening public health. It was the first high-level meeting held by the Yangon government […]

Yangon government plans to buy, store fuel in attempt to control prices

As domestic fuel prices are expected to rise faster than global prices, the government will hedge against price volatility by buying and storing petrol onshore as demand rises during the coming fiscal year, said Yangon Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein. Fuel, gasoline and diesel are vital for facilitating the flow of trade in Myanmar. […]

Yangon to upgrade disposal of toxic waste

The Yangon government will construct an incineration facility within the year to properly dispose of the hazardous hospital waste, which at present is being burned in an open garbage collection area, an official said. Dr. Aung Myint Maw, deputy head of the Environmental Conservation and Cleaning Department of the Yangon City Development Committee, said the […]

Calls for YBS fare hikes mount as losses widen

It’s been more than a year since the Yangon Bus Service (YBS) was launched in Yangon in January 2017, but many routes are still loss-making. As a result, calls for measures to reduce the pressure on YBS margins and alleviate costs on the loss-making routes have been on the rise. “At fares of K200 per […]

Yangon regional government expands e-services to help public

The Yangon government is expanding its e-services to further ease business with various agencies and departments, a regional minister said. Information about the different routes of the YBS and the buses serving the routes has been made available through its website; yangon.gov.mm, said U Zaw Aye Maung, Yangon Region Minister for Rakhine Ethnic Affairs. “We […]

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 […]

No green light yet for Yangon’s water bus operations

The water bus system was to service the routes along the Hlaing River, the Nga Moe Yeik Creek and the river near Thanlyin Township, according Ko Tun Nai Lin of the Tint Tint Myanmar company which won the tender to operate the system. “At present, we already constructed the jetties. But we are waiting for […]