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Yangon celebrates Chinese New Year

 

Local and foreign revelers were seen partaking in Yangon’s celebration of the Chinese New Year on February 16 2018.

Latha Township, Yangon’s “Chinatown”, hosted the official ceremony attended by several government officials and dignitaries, including Yangon Region Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein and the Chinese Ambassador Hong Liang.

Myanmar adds 22 countries to list of rice customers

Myanmar has exported rice and broken rice to 62 countries, a major bump of 22 new countries compared to the previous financial year, according to the Ministry of Commerce.

In the process, the country has set a 50-year record for exports.

The largest customers for the country’s rice and broken rice were China, Bangladesh, West African countries, Sri Lanka, Senegal, Afghanistan, and Poland.

Africa is a particularly important market, counting for 60 per cent of rice exports.

Rare migratory water bird spotted for second year in a row

The recent cold weather has attracted an endangered bird, the White-headed Stilt, to Taung Thaman Lake in Myanmar. Rarely seen in Asia, the sighting is particularly exciting for bird lovers because the species was also seen last year at Inlay Lake.

The species was recorded last year by environmental conservationist Soe Naing, said Zay Maung Thein from Bird Watch Group.

Though Black-winged Stilts are seen in Myanmar, the sight of a White-headed stilt is a rare event, he said.

‘Iron Age evidence’ found in central Myanmar

 

Archaeological evidence unearthed in the central Myanmar is thought to be from the Iron Age and the area is now designated as a heritage zone, according to the Department of Archaeology, National Museum and Library.

The area in Myingyan District, Mandalay Region, was formerly used as pasture. A landslide during a road project revealed four holes which were suspected to be dug unofficially.

Upon investigation, the deputy director of the department in Mandalay discovered bone particles, iron weapons and earthen pots and plates from the holes.

Petition calls on Yangon government to control factories disposing of waste water

A petition will reportedly be sent to the Yangon Region government on February 16 for supervising the factories in Yangon disposing of waste water recklessly and a distillery in Shwepyitha Township Industrial Zone (1).

"There have been about 1,000 signatures. The main problem is that Shwepyitha distillery does not follow the rules prescribed by the union government, causing impact on natural environment. So, we will send a petition to the regional government," said Maung Hsaung Kha, leader of the group collecting signatures for the petition.

Rape cases up by 305 nationwide in one year

 
Last year saw 305 more sexual assault cases than the previous year, according to police.
There were 1,405 sexual abuse cases in 2017, compared to 1,100 the previous year, according to a briefing in Mayangon Township, Yangon Region.
Children were victims in 897 cases in 2017, a sharp rise compared to 671 cases in 2016. The number of adult victims also rose – from 429 to 508, said police.
At 270, most cases were reported in Yangon Region. It was followed by Ayeyawady at 243 and Mandalay at 174.

Yangon Water Bus collides with ferry boat near jetty

 

ANC finds difficulty in participating in NCA signing

Arakan National Council (ANC) has already seen some difficulty in participating in the signing of the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA), Zaw Htay, Director-General of the Ministry of State Counsellor, said.

The remarks of the director-general came from the press conference on the signing ceremony of New Mon State Party (NMSP) and Lahu Democratic Union (LDU) held in Nay Pyi Taw on February 13.

The news that the ANC would sign the NCA together with the NMSP and the LDU came out earlier, but really it did not happen like so.

Yangon-Mandalay expressway to be upgraded to international-class facility

The Ministry of Construction has already planned to begin up-gradation of a length of 40 miles of Yangon-Mandalay expressway into the international-class facility, Deputy Minister Kyaw Lin of the Ministry of Construction told Lower House Parliament on February 14.

Bamboo plantation underway in Sagaing

The authorities of Sagaing Region are planning a bamboo plantation zone, reports say.

Officials of the regional government and the Myanmar Bamboo Society have joined hands for the project which, they expect, will recover the damaged land in Kani Township and create jobs for residents.

“We are studying the land if it is suitable for bamboo growing. Officials at the Society said they would teach the residents how to make bamboo products,” said Khin Maung Win, director at the Sagaing Region forestry department.