Mandalay airport fire breaks out


Basic education exams need quality improvement: education minister


Union Minister for Education Dr Myo Thein Gyi said all levels of basic education final exams must be upgraded into ones that will be more challenging and rewarding.

While reporting on the progress of the National Education Policy Commission in parliament on June 20 that, he said this process is underway in cooperation with private education organisations.

Heavy rains flood Rakhine, Sagaing

Some areas in Rakhine State and Sagaing Region have flooded after continuous downpours, sources say.

The torrential rain has flooded some wards in Thandwe and Taunggup in Rakhine. The highway road in Ann Township has also been covered with water since June 20.

The disaster management committee has alerted local residents.

Ahlone shopkeepers threaten to protest market construction

The shopkeepers at the old Ahlone market in Ahlone Township, Yangon Region, have threatened to protest the construction of a new market if it continues without their consent, sources say.

The ground floor of the old market can house 220 stalls, and the new one will house only 90, according to shopkeepers. Stall owners are unhappy with the new arrangement, fearing they will lose their old spots and customers.

President, vice presidents join monsoon tree planting in Nay Pyi Taw


President Htin Kyaw and the two vice presidents attended a monsoon tree-planting ceremony for 2017 in Nay Pyi Taw on Tuesday.

The ceremony took place on a 1.9-acre plot (No.17) in Pobbathiri Township, Nay Pyi Taw, and a total of 400 saplings of over 20 different species were planted, including teak and shady trees.

President Htin Kyaw planted a Eugenia sapling, and vice presidents Myint Swe and Henry Van Thio planted teak saplings.   

Small-scale fishermen demand fish farms

Fishery workers in Pathein Township, Ayeyawady Region, have called on June 20 for an auction of fish farms whose values are under Ks 4 million (US$2,900), reports say.

About 1,000 protesters demanded access to fish farms, the fighting of corruption in fisheries, the protection of marine life and waterways, and laws regarding freshwater fishery businesses.

One more body recovered from missing army transport plane


One male body was recovered near the spot where the tail of the missing plane was found, according to the Office of the Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Services.

Rescuers found one body and three parts of the missing plane on June 20. A total of 93 bodies have been recovered so far.

Govt to spend Ks 107bn on new hydropower projects, extended electricity

The government will spend more than Ks 107 billion this fiscal year on building hydroelectric power plants and extending the generation of electricity of the existing hydropower projects, according to the budget for the Ministry of Electricity and Energy.

Farmer shortages cause delay in farming in Ayeyawady

AYEYAWADY—Although there has been enough rainfall to grow monsoon paddy in Ayeyawady Region, the start of the farming industry in the area has been delayed by a shortage of workers.

As farmlands have been reclaimed since the beginning of the monsoon period, some farmers faced difficulties in hiring workers for paddy cultivation.

Due to the labour shortage, paddy transplanting jobs are now being offered door-to-door.

Likewise, the start of the farming season has been delayed in deepwater fields because it is very difficult to scatter the paddy strains.

Massive ownerless heroin, speed haul seized in Monywa

MONYWA—A massive amount of ownerless speed pills and heroin was seized in Htantaw and Nandawun wards, Monywa Township, Sagaing Region, yesterday morning, according to the Monywa Police Station.

“First, we found heroin and stimulant tablets packed in gunnysacks in the southern part of a monastery in Htantaw ward. Later, police arrived there and found again more gunnysacks filling with speed pills. Moreover, they searched for other speed pills in rubbish bins and drains in Nandawun ward and also found it,” said Ko Maung Lay Nge Nge, who accompanied the police during the seizures.