Traditional medicines mixed with active western ingredients found

Health authorities are inspecting a case involving the production of traditional medicines with western medicine active ingredients and the omission of key ingredients advertised, said Director General Dr Yi Yi Myint of Traditional Medicine Department during a press conference held at Nay Pyi Taw on January 17.

Yangon chief minister hopes to resolve land issues in 3 years

The chief minister of Yangon Region said at a workshop on Tuesday that he would resolve land issues in Yangon Region in three years.

“We’re assessing land-grab cases and farmers’ land ownership. We expect to resolve this issue within three years” said Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein.

The agricultural sector development workshop will be held at the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chamber of Commerce and Industry from January 17-18.

Myanmar Motion Picture Academy awards set for March 18 at unspecified venue

The annual Myanmar Motion Picture Academy Awards ceremony will be held on March 18 at a venue yet to be chosen.

All the films that have been shown in the cinemas across the country in 2016 have come under close scrutiny, and detailed assessments are now being made by the judging panel.

The ceremony has been planned for Yangon, but the Myanmar Motion Picture Enterprise will issue an announcement about the actual venue soon.

New Yangon Bus Service gets off to a bumpy start

The first day of the Yangon Bus Service – a new public transportation service replacing the old order that is Ma Hta Tha – got off to a rather rough start on January 16.

In a not-unexpected turn of events, the authorities had to increase the number of bus routes from preannounced 58 to 70.

There were also other problems such as a low turnout of buses – only 2600 out of more than 4,000 vehicles supposedly already registered. Some did not participate the the service debut as YBS stickers were still being put on the vehicles.

Two suspects in murder of EMG reporter Soe Moe Tun released

Two suspects in the murder of Eleven Media Group reporter Soe Moe Tun have been released from detention, according to a senior officer at Monywa Myoma police station.

A KTV manager and staff member were detained on December 19 as the suspects in the killing of the Monywa-based EMG reporter. On January 2, an employee of a logging business was also detained and is still being held.