Toll charges could be axed: ministry source

Toll collection is expected to 

Chinese banana plantation in Myanmar and locals worried over their extension

The lands in Kachin State and eastern side of Ayeyawady River have been transformed in the recent years. Before these lands were rice fields but now they are occupied by Chinese farmers cultivating banana plantations.

However, as the Chinese farmers constantly extend their plantations and purchase more land in Myanmar territory, locals are worried about the illegal land use.

Ministry warns its citizens not to make CI through illegal agents

The Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population has warned Myanmar citizens in Thailand not to acquire certificate of identity (CI) cards through illegal agents.

 The CI cards, which will be issued staring on March 3, are issued to Myanmar migrant workers holding temporary stay and work permits issued by the Thai government.

Forests to be restored

A 10-year plan is being set up to restore forests and cut logging activities, the director of the Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation Ministry said.

Under the plan, logging will be halted at Bago Mountain Rage, one of the forests in Myanmar that used to have a high density of big trees.

A tree re-plantation program will be implemented next year.

Chinese most among foreign students leaning Myanmar at YUFL

The largest number of foreigners learning the Myanmar language at Yangon University of Foreign Languages (YUFL) are Chinese, according to sources from the university.

There are 249 foreign students learning Myanmar at YUFL in this 2016-2017 academic year –73 from South Korea, 28 from Japan, 112 from China, nine from Thailand, six from Turkey, four from Vietnam, two from Bangladesh, three from Laos, eight from India, one from Mexico, two from Italy and one from the United States.

President Htin Kyaw inspects Chin town

President Htin Kyaw went on a regional tour of Hakha Township of Chin State and met with local residents, according to press release issued by the Ministry of Information yesterday.

Water-bird population falling rapidly: Fauna & Flora

The water-bird population native to the Ayeyawady River has been reduced by between 60-90 per cent over the past 14 years, with bird catching and the gold rush to blame, according to a report of Fauna and Flora International (FFI).

The report covered the part of the river between Myitkyina Township in Kachin State and Mandalay, and advised conservation of the area immediately as it is important for the river’s ecosystem. FFI’s experts reported a sharp decrease in local water-bird population since their last observation in 2003.

Coal mine in Taninthayi to be inspected

Regional government is set to inspect the 2,100-acre Banchaung coal mine in Dawei Township, Taninthayi Region.

The May Flower Mining Enterprise is running the project which has resulted in numerous complaints by the residents.

Myint Maung, the Taninthayi Region minister for natural resources and environmental conservation, and Saw Lu Ka, the Karen ethnic affairs minister, checked the project area on February 18 and found it was damaging the environment.

Action on timber smugglers insufficient according to forest official

Bago – Courts in Bago region haven’t taken sufficient action on timber smugglers, despite the forest department seizing 4,974 tons of illicit timber in the region in 2016, said deputy head Lin Htin of the regional forest department.

Mandalay to perform Myanmar's first child kidney transplant



According to Mandalay children hospital, they will be performing the first ever child kidney transplant operation in Myanmar.

The Nephrology Department of the 300-bed children hospital has chosen two patients who suffer from chronic kidney related diseases to receive the operation. The organ transplant team will consist of local specialist doctors as well as those from Singapore.