Ayeyarwady River will be dried up if no preservation is made says analysts

Ayeyarwady River will be dried up if no preservation is made says analysts

Statistics show that water courses in the Ayeyarwady River are damaged and the river is in danger of drying up if no preservation methods are taken, according to analysts.

Yangon Chief to have renovated public areas

Yangon Region Chief Phyo Min Thein has announced the renovation of public areas including platforms, playgrounds and parks.

He said: “Walking is important as an exercise. People are less motivating for walking in Yangon where spaces to walk are getting less. Therefore, we need to create places for walking. We need to renovate systematic car parking, playgrounds and parks.”

Phyo Min Thein said that disease epidemics are getting higher in Yangon Region and it is important to develop human resources.

Yangon set to launch card payment system for public transport


FOR THE convenience of nearly 3 million commuters who use public transport on a daily basis, an international payment system will be launched in Myanmar’s commercial hub in the last week of April, Yangon Region Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein said on Friday.

President Htin Kyaw attends Chin National Day celebrations

President Htin Kyaw has said that the Union Peace Conference-21st Century Panglong is the only path to solutions for political problems in the country.

The President addressed the 69th Chin National Day on February 20. He said he’s glad to hear that Chin State will hold national-level political talks, with public opinions forming a key role in these discussions.  The Chin National Day is designated to commemorate the "General Assembly of Chinland" held in 1948. The first celebration of Chin National Day was held in 1951.

Pho Kyar elephant camp faces difficulties attracting tourists

The Pho Kyar elephant camp is struggling to attract visitors, despite the country enjoying the high season for tourists.

The camp, in the foothills of the Bago Yoma mountain range, lies within tropical forest. It is 16 km from the town of Thargaya on the Yangon-Mandalay highway, 330 km from Yangon and 389 km from Mandalay. The camp was established in 2005 on 25 acres of land.

Upper House kills off third amendment to gems law

Parliament’s Upper House has moved to revoke a bill that amended for a third time the law relating to the country’s gem trade.

 The Bill Committee of the Upper House had submitted a report on the  revocation of the third amendment of the Myanmar Gems Law. The report was submitted to the parliament on February 6.

Kyaw Thiha, the chairman of minerals and environmental conservation committee, had submitted a report to the second regular meeting of the   Upper House on September 26, 2016.

Hpakant to continue to be flooded annually: MP

An MP representing Hpakant Township in Kachin State said that his township suffers annual floods and blamed the mining companies’ reckless disposal of slag.

MP Dashi La Seng said: “After field studies I found that floods ravaged two-thirds of Ayemyathaya Ward. 30 to 40 houses in Ngapyawtaw and Myoma wards were lost to floods. But no one has been held responsible for it. It’s not natural disaster but man-made and jade mining is to blame. The slag from mining sites has blocked the rivers triggering floods during the rainy seasons.”

Police charges sole survivor of highway crash under Section 304(a)

Police have charged Aung Khant, the sole survivor of highway crash which left eight people dead, under Section 304(a) of the Penal Code at Hlegu Township Court on February 20, sources say.

Less developed areas given priority, president says on tour

The National League for Democracy-dominated government is giving priority to the less-developed areas across the country in order to improve people’s lives, President Htin Kyaw said.

Htin Kyaw made the comment when he met residents in Tonzan Township during a tour of hospitals in Tonzan, Tiddim and Falam townships in Chin State on Sunday.

Also with the president were his wife Su Su Lwin and ministers Lt-Gen Sein Win, Lt-Gen Ye Aung, Dr Aung Thu, Dr Myo Thein Gyi, Dr Myint Htwe and Win Khaing.

Two pulled from wreckage after head-on collision

Two people travelling in a light truck had to be pulled from the wreckage of a two-vehicle collision on the the Kabaraye Pagoda Road on Sunday.

The accident occurred at about 3am when a Toyota Fair Lady Z sports car, driven by a 19-year-old, collided head on with a Hijet light truck.

Firemen and paramedics that arrived on the scene had to extract the driver and the passenger of the light truck from the wreckage.

They suffered no life-threatening injuries and are being treated in Yangon General Hospital.