MP demands Hpakant repairs

The MP for Hpakant Township, Kachin State, said weak management has failed to address the damage caused by jade mining and demanded a committee to supervise restoration work.

SEZ villages on ‘cursed land’: minister

Nabulel in Dawei District, Taninthayi Region, has been turning into a “cursed land” because the residents have not enjoyed any public services since it was designated as the Dawei Special Economic Zone, according to the Taninthayi Region minister for social affairs and development.

Ho Pin held a meeting on March 22 with the management committee of the SEZ, residents and the media.

'I want my family to eat' Children fuel Myanmar's economic boom

HMAWBI, Myanmar -- Fourteen-year-old San Min Hteik had worked at the steel factory for less than a week when his hand got caught in a machine, a casualty of the economic boom driving more children into Myanmar's factories.

Two of his fingers were lost after the rod cutter sliced them down to the bone and weeks later doctors are still unsure whether they will be able to save the others.

Mandalay Thingyan pavilion proposals fewer than last year

Only 28 people submitted applications for Thingyan pavilions in Mandalay, a sharp fall compared to the previous year’s 100 proposals, according to the Mandalay City Development Committee.

The country’s signature Thingyan water festival will take place in April. The south side of the Mandalay palace moat is banned from private pavilions and 24 pavilions will be permitted on other three sides. Only two state-owned pavilions will be built on the south side.

Army chief stresses the need for cooperation to create peace and stability in border areas

Both countries need to cooperate to create peace and stability in border areas, said Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Services, to Hong Liang, the Chinese ambassador to Myanmar, on March 21.

Both sides discussed the situations in Laukkai, potential for cooperation between Myanmar and China, and security and stability in border areas.

Inya Road and Kandawgyi to not be involved in Thingyan festivities

Construction of Thingyan pavilions on Inya Road and Kandawgyi Circular Road will be prohibited for 2017 according to an official from Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC).

Yangon Region government started receiving applications for water-throwing pavilions for the Thingyan festival which will take place in April.

USNS Fall River (T-EPF-4) arrives in Yangon

The United States Navy fast-transport ship USNS Fall River (T-EPF-4) arrived at Thilawa port in Yangon on Tuesday, for the first goodwill visit to Myanmar since the Second World War, said sources.

Any information about the arrival of the US naval ship had not been released by the Myanmar government or the military until March 21.

Yangon Government submits economic plan to parliament

An economic plan for 2017-2018, which aims to increase Gross Domestic Product by 8.5% was submitted to the Yangon Region Government by the Minister of Planning and Finance, Myint Thaung. 

April 1 deadline set to register SIM cards

SIM cards which aren’t registered by April 1 will be temporarily cut off, but three more months will be allowed for registration. However, if the subscriber fails to register during the extended period, the number will be cut permanently, according to the Department of Telecommunication.

Myanmar Now chief editor faces court complaint for insulting religion

A man has lodged a complaint to Kyauktada Township court in Yangon to sue Swe Win, chief editor of Myanmar Now news agency, for insulting religion.

The complaint was filed by Thet Myo Oo , who lives in Kyimyindine Township, on Mach 20 citing the remarks of Swe Win during his press conference and an interview with a news outlet that allegedly tarnished the image of Buddhism.