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Fishery workers to be sent to Korea

The Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population considers sending fishery workers to South Korea.

The discussions between the ministry and foreign employment agencies started since February and the basic salary will be around US$1,000 per month, according to the ministry.

Application forms for the EPS-TOPIK exam had been sold from March 20 to 24 for $24 at the Labour Department in North Dagon Township, Yangon.

YCDC to reduce groundwater pumping

Yangon City Development Committee will reduce groundwater pumping, said Yangon mayor Maung Maung Soe at the fourth regular session of regional parliament on May 22. 

In response to the question of MP Than Swe representing Mingala Taungnyunt Constituency-2 about water supply, sewage disposal and power supply system, Maung Maung Soe said Yangon City Development Committee is building new water purification plants so as to sufficiently distribute water. 

Tourism may help continue dolphin-fishermen co-fishing tradition

The development of dolphin-based tourism in Irrawaddy dolphin conservation area would help conserve the habit of cooperative fishing between dolphins and fishermen, said Han Win, the deputy head of Fishery Department. 

Cooperative fishing between dolphins, an endangered specie, and fishermen can be seen only in Myanmar. 

Yangon Book Plaza sees first auction of rare books

Yangon Book Plaza held its first auction of rare books on May 21, with readers tempted by dozens of books, journals and magazines that have gone out of print.

Of particular interest is Ganda Lawka, a former Myanmar-language monthly published by the Burma Education Extension Association in the 1930s that was edited by prominent writers Zawgyi and Min Thu Wun. Also attracting attention was Naga Ni journal and “A dream of the Red Mansion”, translated by Mya Than Tint.

National fisheries plan drafted to combat illegal catches

A national fisheries plan is being drafted with the aim of preventing fish from being illegally caught in Myanmar waters, said Hla Kyaw, deputy Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation.

Lower House MP Khin Cho asked a question in the chamber if there was a plan to conduct  research on changes in the country’s marine sources.

Myanmar faces early monsoon woes

Myanmar has experienced an early taste of the monsoon season, with low pressure air pockets and storms coming in from the sea.

Meteorologist Chit Kyaw has warned that the weather department had detected yet another storm on its way in the Bay of Bengal, likely hitting Yangon on May 25.

He forecasts heavy rains across a number of regions in Myanmar.

Parliamentarians to discuss refugee situation in Shan State

Residents from two villages, Ponesoat and Metasae villages in Mauk Mae Township in southern Shan State, have fled from their homes amid fears of being forcibly recruited by an ethnic armed group.

The Shan State Restoration Council/Shan State Army (RCSS/SSA) has allegedly demanded new recruits or money, and the villagers couldn’t meet their demands, people in the area said.

Residents from two villages started to move to Narhee Village on May 11 with two trucks, according to refugees.

Cargo ship stranded in Kyauk Phyar River

A cargo ship, MV Chan TT, travelling from Yangon to Myeik has been stranded at the entrance of Kyauk Phyar River on May 19.

Dengue fever kills two in Rakhine State

Apart from Maungdaw Township, more than 220 people have been infected with dengue fever (DHF) and two were reported dead in all townships in Rakhine State.

Kachin State govt to seize idle lands

Kachin State government said it will seize more than 130,000 acres of vacant, fallow and virgin lands granted by previous governments.

The State government submitted its report to the Union government. Under the Vacant, Fallow and Virgin Land Management Law, recepients would have had to implement projects on the land during the first four years.