YRTA takes over school bus routes

As there is no profit in running school buses, Yangon Region Transport Authority has taken over several routes from a private company.

Nilar Kyaw, Minister for Transport of Yangon Region said the government had arranged for the change to happen when schools reopen.

MP Tin Shein from Taikkyi constituency noted that Yangon Bus System (YBS) no longer provided buses for school children from Taikkyi Township although the schools were reopening.

“We sent a letter to the minister concerning this case,” Tin Shein said.

New elephant camp to open in Mandalay

A new elephant camp will be opened this month in Mandalay Region, according to the Myanma Timber Enterprise in the region.

Drones banned in Yangon townships due to airport hazard

For the safety of flights landing at Yangon International Airport, Yangon Region General Administration Department has issued an order dated November 28, banning drones and other unmanned aircraft (UA) in 16 townships in Yangon.

Workshop looks into fate of Salon people

A workshop looking into the cause of what is being called the “gradual extinction” of the Salon people, known as “Myanmar sea gypsies”, was held in Kawthaung on Saturday and Sunday.

The discussion was held after anthropologists Dr Jacquces Ivenoff, Mazime Boutry and Fabienne Galangau submitted details about the Salon tribe, who live in the Myeik archipelago and wander from one place to another, to the Taninthayi Region chief minister, Dr Le Le Maw.

Health services to be available at screening and resettlement centres

A healthcare service project has been inserted into the re-acceptance and resettlement process of refugees returning from Bangladesh, with required funding coming from the Ministry of Health and Sports to ensure quality care.

Centres for screening and “re-acceptance” have been designated in Taungpyo Letwe and Ngakhura, northern Rakhine State. Those returning from Bangladesh by land would be screened in Taungpyo Letwe and those arriving by water in Ngakhura.

Coastal town land prices ‘skyrocket’ while locals move inland

Land prices at a coastal town in Rakhine State have risen to an “unprecedented level” over the past three years, according to local villagers.

Mass JE vaccination kicks off today

With the school-based Japanese encephalitis (JE) vaccination concluded, a wider programme aiming to vaccinate all children between the ages of five and 15 begins today (Monday).

Over use of machinery and vehicles rampant in Lonekhin-Hpakant mines


Mining companies have been going over the limits of the number of machinery allowed to use in Lonekhin-Hpakant jade mines.

According to MP Tint Soe from the Hpakant Constituency, companies have been abusing the lack of enforcement on vehicles and machinery allowed per mine by utilizing those that were from mines with expired licenses together with officially registered machinery of the operational mines.

V-P visits Dawei, backs quick approval for loan to build highway

DAWEI- The Dawei-Htee Khee two-lane highway will be built if the if the Union Parliament approves a 4.5-billion baht loan from Thailand, according to reports.
The road, in the Myanmar-Thailand border area, is a key part of the Dawei deep seaport and special economic zone (SEZ) project in Dawei district, Taninthayi Region. Nine projects are involved in the first phase of Dawei SEZ, which is 27-square-kilometre wide.

Yangon residents tour Russian destroyer

The visiting Russian destroyer, Admiral Panteleyev, the flagship of the Russian Pacific Ocean Fleet, proved a hit with many Yangon residents on December 9.
The large anti-submarine ship arrived in Myanmar on December 7 for a three-day goodwill visit, according to the Russian embassy in Myanmar.
“I had been invited to study the warship once but I didn’t take that opportunity. Now I come here to study it,” said Chan Myae Aung from Hlaing Township.