Gang extorts bus drivers: MP

A gang extorts bus drivers in Hlaingthaya Township, a suburb of Yangon, an MP told the regional parliament on May 17.

Mann Aung Ko Min of Kungyangon Township said: “A gang is extorting bus drivers and owners from Ks300,000 (US$220) to Ks500,000 per bus. The extorted people do not dare to openly report it to the authorities. They are harassed if they don’t pay the money. Is there a plan to organise a transport authority in Kungyangon for the safety of drivers and commuters?

Mining pauses for rainy season

Jade mining in Hpakant and Lonekhin in Kachin State takes a break as the rainy season approaches, reports say.

Many mining firms find it hard to find jade in the rain. A makeshift bridge across the Uru River for trucks to dump slag was removed on May 15.

Mandalay flooding worse than previous years

Sustained torrential rain has flooded lower areas of Mandalay.  

Solution needed for Maukmal residents

Khun Soe Tun Aung, a civilian delegate of the Union Level Joint Monitoring Committee-Shan State(JMC-S), called for an emergency meeting in order to solve the issues of villagers from Maukmal Township, Southern Shan State.

DHF infects 1,000; kills 5 in Yangon


Over 1,000 Yangon Region residents were diagnosed with dengue haemorrhagic fever over the past four months and five of them have died, according to the Public Health Department.

Sagaing nickel refinery employees protest


Employees of a nickel refinery factory in Htigyaing Township, Sagaing Region, protested against their employer on May 16 over the dismissal of a Myanmar national employee.

Three 100-ton bran oil plants to be built in Myaungmya, Kyaiklat and Yangon

Three 100-ton bran oil plants will be built in Myaungmya, Kyaiklat and Yangon this financial year, Ye Min Aung, the managing director of Myanmar Agribusiness Public Corporation, said.

Govt to relax conditions for buying low-cost flats

The Yangon Region government is considering reducing the down payment needed for buying low-cost flats on an installment plan and extending the credit resettlement period to 20 or 30 years, reports say.

Bomb goes off in Tamu

Tamu- A bomb blast occurred in the early hours of May 16 nearby Aung Taw My monastery.

Rakhine State faces acute drinking water shortage

SITTWE: Villages in Rakhine State were facing drinking water shortages from Monday, with soldiers from the battalion of Western Command Headquarters taking supplies to drought-hit areas.

As villagers suffered from the scarcity of water, there has been outbreak of dengue fever and diarrhoea in some villages.

“All lakes have dried out. A person has to carry a bucket of water after waiting a very long time,” said a villager from Phuduche village, Pauktaw Township.