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.

Industry Ministry to manufacture 55 ambulances this year

The Ministry of Industry will manufacture 55 ambulances within this year, according to a statement released by the Information Ministry.

Union Minister for Industry Khin Maung Cho attended a coordination meeting on the formation of Myanmar National Ambulance Guidelines and Ambulance Scrutiny Committee held in Nay Pyi Taw on March 5.

The minister said his ministry could produce four ambulances according to the suggestions from the Ministry of Health and Sports.

Titkyitaw village fire victims need more aid

Fire victims from Titkyitaw village are still facing difficulties even though they have received aid from donors, according to locals.
They are temporarily sheltering in a village school building and a monastery and have received rice, edible oil, clothes and utensils from the government and donors since March 4.

Myanmar-China border liaison office opened in Myitkyina

MYITKYINA- With the aim to combat producing of fake money, arms smuggling and illegal narcotic drugs dealing, Myanmar-China Border Liaison Office was opened in Myitkyina Township, Kachin State, on March 6th.
On the occasion were departmental heads from Myanmar and a Chinese delegation led by Liang Yun, Executive General and Director General of the Office of the Narcotics Contorl Bureau of the Ministry of Public Security of the People’s Republic of China.

Scavengers detained over clash with security staff

After clashes between jade hunters and security staff took place in Hkamti Region, Sagain Region on March 3, four scavengers have been detained, according to the Hkamti District Administrator Zaw Zaw.
Zaw Zaw said that about 70 scavengers searched for scrap jade at the waste-pile in the compound of Khaing Nan Shwe Mining Company on the night of March 3, but the security staff banned them. The conflict then took place. 

Kayah villages short on water

Villages in Kayah State have less and less water as the hot season approaches.
Thanks to the late rain, the villages in Demawso Township had enough water during the cold season, according to some villagers.
“In previous years, we used to run out of water in the cold season. Some NGOs and the government have dug wells and reservoirs but they dry up during the dry seasons,” said Khuu Ei Ral, a resident of Dawtamagyi village.
He said the lakes dried up fast because there were no more trees to retain the water.

‘Repaired’ Bagan pagoda collapses

An ancient pagoda in Bagan that was reportedly renovated has collapsed, reports say.
The pagoda, numbered 1066, is located near new Bagan town in Mandalay Region. It was reported that 75 per
cent of the pagoda was damaged during the collapse on March 4.
An official at the Department of Archaeology, National Museum and Library said the pagoda was
repaired sometime after 1996 but was probably damaged by an earthquake in 2016.

Campaign against child rape reaches Sagaing

Movements denouncing child rape have reached Sagaing Region. Activists visited Monywa Township on March 4 and distributed handouts containing information about the issue to passersby.
Jar Lay, one of the activists, said: “We have included dos and don’ts in the handouts. I hope parents will be able to protect their children by following them.”
Rather than the death penalty, she said she wanted the offenders to get heavy custodial punishments.
“This way I think the cases will be lower gradually, even if they are not gone completely.”

UNIDO calls for use of solar power to electrify rural health centres

United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) has proposed the Ministry of Health and Sports to provide electricity for rural health centres in Myanmar with the use of solar power.

Union Minister for Health and Sports Dr Myint Htwe held a meeting with Stein R Hanse, UNIDO regional director and representative, and Dr Thet Oo, country programme director.

Both sides discussed a public private partnership investment programme on solar energy for rural health centres in Myanmar.