ICRC wants to take care of prisoners’ health

YANGON- The International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) is willing to provide healthcare services for prison inmates, according to the meeting with the Health Minister and the ICRC’s new Representative held in Nay Pyi Taw on September 13th.
The ICRC also wants to upgrade hospitals and healthcare departments including healthcare services for mothers and children in Shan, Kachin and Rakhine States together with the Ministry of Health.

White foams from wastewater not harmful to public: MCDC

MANDALAY- The white foams from wastewater directly being dumped into the Ayeyawady River, around Mayangyan jetty, Mandalay, isn’t harmful to the public, according to the Mandalay City Development Committee (MCDC). 
The MCDC also reported that the level of Biochemical Oxygen Demand-BOD would decrease when the dumped wastewater combined with the Ayeyawady River water.

Agri department to provide cash assistance to flood-hit farmers in Magway


Magway Region Agricultural Department will provide farmers with over Ks23 million for flood-damaged farms in Pakokku, Pauk, Seikphyu and Yesagyo Townships in 2017-2018 fiscal year.

Floods destroyed two acres of summer paddy, nine acres of corn plantation and 463 acres of onion in Pakokku Township. The department will provide the cash assistance of Ks5,220,000 to farmers.

Several oil mills suspended in Monywa


Due to rising groundnut price and a decline in the sale of edible oil, some oil millers have suspended their operations in Monywa, Sagaing Region, said Myint Htwe, owner of Myathida rice mill and crops sale.

The oil market has collapsed due to the unmitigated deluge of fake edible oils. Oil mills face difficulties as the spreads of fake oils in the market become rampant. Most oil mills from Monywa use groundnut to produce edible oil.

Contraband seizures hit over Ks-2700 m in August


There were 383 contraband seizures worth an estimated Ks2769.134 million nationwide in late August, according to Customs Department.

Customs Department inspected undocumented goods at airports, warehouses, Yangon Postal Offices, jetties and customs areas nationwide.

Customs Department seized nine cases worth Ks24.193 million at the airport, 370 cases worth Ks2695.811 million at the customs areas and four cases worth Ks49.130 million at jetty.

Loan scheme hinders SME growth


The availability of loan is one of the major challenges for development of Small and Medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Mandalay region, according to a talk on the challenges of the SMEs.

Head of Mandalay Region SME Department said: “The major challenges of SMEs in Mandalay are: capital, technology, market penetration, access to information and infrastructural development.”

Highway bus lines make losses due to high fuel oil prices


Highway bus lines are making losses due to rising fuel oil prices. Some highway bus lines have raised ticket prices, according to managers of highway bus lines.

Yangon audit report highlights income losses from lack of transparency in selling or leasing govt-owned plots

The State is facing losses as land plots owned by government departments in significant areas of Yangon city have been sold or leased at very low prices without transparency, according to a report on the findings in the 2016-2017 fiscal year by the Yangon Region Auditor-General's Office.

Yangon Region Auditor General warns about possible losses on projects


Yangon Region government has invested Ks-134 billion—Ks-54 billion in Yangon Metropolitan Development Public Co., Ltd (YMD), Ks-10 billion in New Yangon Development Corporation and Ks-70 billion in the YBPC (Yangon Bus Public Company) and the Yangon Urban Public Transportation Public Co., Ltd (YUPT), according to the audit report by Yangon Region Auditor General.

Myanmar to sign TPNW


Union Parliament approved a plan to sign Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) on September 14.

Yesterday, a total of 10 parliamentarians discussed the letter sent by the President at the session of Union parliament.