Most of drug addicts aged between 15 and 40


Myanmar sees a rampant increase in the number of drug addicts aged between 15 and 40, according to a press conference on the successful completion of youth job creation project, held at City Star Hotel in Yangon on March 12.

Authority to ban fishing for three months


The government will put a three-month ban on fishing vessels during this fishing season, said Tun Win Myint, director of Yangon Region Fishery Department.

“They do fishing only but no breeding. The main objective of ban is to enable fishes to breed and grow in the sea. It also aims to ensure the long-term consumption of fishes and conserve fish resources,” he added.

Suspect charged for capital offences


A man accused of raping and murdering a two-year-old girl has been indicted with charges punishable by the death penalty at the hearing on March 12, sources say.

Phyo Htet Aung, 25, allegedly raped and killed the girl in a banana farm in Mandalay Region on February 13. The girl was just two years and five months old at the time of her death.

The family of the victim and around 20,000 residents of Madaya Township staged a protest on February 18, calling for a death penalty on the accused.

Health and educational proposal of Naga Region submitted to Sagaing Parliament

MONYWA-Sagaing Region Parliamentary Committee for Education, Health, Sports and Culture yesterday submitted a proposal for health and education development in Naga Self-administered Zone, to the Sagaing Region Parliament.

Moreover, MP Dr Kyaw Thu Han Tun from No.1 Constituency in Kantbalu Township said that there had been many difficulties for the teachers who were deployed at far-flung areas in Naga Region.

Record-breaking summer power consumption recorded


The summer power consumption reached a record-breaking high of 3267.5 megawatts on March 8, up 378.5 MW compared with the same period last year, said Dr Tun Naing, Deputy Minister for Electricity and Energy.

The nationwide power consumption reached 2,673 MW in 2016, 2,889 MW in 2017 and 3,208 MW in early March.

About 14,000 cars in Yangon ticketed in two months

Traffic police ticketed nearly 14,000 vehicles in Yangon Region in the past two months this year.

According to Yangon Traffic Police Force, the cars that violated traffic rules and regulations were ticketed by traffic police and fined by the traffic court.

"We have the traffic by-law passed in 2015. If a car violated the prescribed traffic rules, it would be ticketed and the ticket was sent to the court for paying a fine. The fine will be K30,000, K50,000 and so on," said traffic police major Myo Aung Myint.

Pearls need protection from illegal fishing, tourism boom: official

Illegal fishing and travelling can spoil the quality of Myanmar’s renowned pearls, according to the general manager at Myanmar Pearl Enterprise.
Myint Thu said the number of pearl-producing hubs located along the Taninthayi coastline increased from five to 12.
“The quality should improve as the quantity grows.”
The oysters that produce pearls could inhabit only in the waters of Taninthayi Region and therefore their habitats must be kept clean, he said.

Moderate quake hits Nay Pyi Taw, damages pagodas and buildings


Banks of Ayeyawady River being reinforced

Some 19 spots along the banks of the Ayeyawady River will be reinforced by the end of March, according to
the Water Resources and Rivers Development Department.
To address the problem of riverbank landslides, the Mandalay Region government put out tenders for embankment works to private companies.
Construction work kicked off in January, according to the department.
“We have to finish the projects by the end of this fiscal year. Since the fiscal year 2013-

Historic Sagaing reservoir to be fixed

The Sagaing Region government will undertake the maintenance of a historic reservoir in the region, sources say.
The Pintin pool, dating back to the fourth century AD, is drying up due to an accumulation of mud and sand, leading MP Kyaw Min Htun from Khin-U Township to raise the issue at the regional parliament on March 6.
He said that Pintin village hosted many rice fields that relied on the reservoir as their primary source of water.