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Priority to be given to important railroad sections

Priority will be given to five important railroad sections including Yangon-Mandalay and Yangon-Pyay as part of the larger upgrading project, according to the Ministry of Transport and Communications.

The Ministry of Transport and Communications expects that the government will spend US$60billion in order to upgrade all railroad sections in the whole country. Plans have been underway to prioritize these five railroad sections.

Thingyan deaths and crimes increased in 2017

A total of 1,200 crime cases occurred in the 2017 Thingyan period causing 285 deaths and 1,073 injuries, according to an announcement released by the Ministry of Information on April 17.

Use of formalin in food declines

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has found the use of formalin in food has declined after a crackdown, sources said.

Pagodas inundated with crowds on Myanmar New Year

The pagodas in Yangon were packed with well-wishers on April 17, the first day of a new year in the Myanmar calendar.

Govt launches crackdown on unlicensed vehicles

The Yangon Region government will install radio-frequency identifying (RFID) chips in licensed vehicles later this month to distinguish them from illegal ones, according to the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry’s statement quoting the Yangon chief minister Phyo Min Thein.

Cyclone Maarutha causes negligible damage in Rakhine State

Tropical cyclone Maarutha crossed Thandwe and Ngapali on the night of April 16, yet caused little damage.

1883 prisoners get sentence reduction

The government has released 1,883 prisoners from prisons across the country, according to the Ministry of State Counsellor Office.

The move aims to ensure the prisoners can start their new life in the Myanmar New Year.

According to paras 847 and 848 of bylaws of the Jail Manual, the government reduces sentence for disciplined and well-behaved prisoners.

Before last year’s water festival, 2,283 disciplined prisoners got sentence reduced.

EMG cut out from digital broadcasting content provider list

Eleven Media Group, a well-known media organization, have not been given rights to one of the five private digital free-to-air channels to be allowed by the government.

The list of content providers, announced on April 11, that will be part of Myanmar Radio and Television’s multi-channel play out system are as follows; Mizzima Media, Young Investment Group, Kaung Myanmar Aung, Fortune International and DVB Multi Media Group.

Yangon region hit by temporary blackout

Yangon region was hit by a partial blackout on Tuesday while maintenance work was carried out, according to announcement from Yangon Electricity Supply Corporation (YESC).

YESC said they would maintain sub-power stations, clean up untidy wires, replace old service cables with newer ones and cut down tree branches entangled with cable in a special operation from April 1.

Hundreds have to queue overnight for Thingyan train tickets

Overnight queues have formed at the Yangon Central Railway Station for tickets back home during Thingyan period, according to hundreds of disgruntled passengers.

Multiple lines of at least 16 to 20 people were seen on Monday, with even more people sleeping at the gates waiting for the ticketing counters to open.