Broader discussion needed on monogamy bill before its enactment, MP says

The Monogamy Bill should only be enactment after holding a broader discussion, said Upper House MP Aung Kyi Nyunt in a parliament session on Friday.

National Land Utilisation Policy must include land-grabbing data, says 88 Generation member

88 Generation Peace and Open Society member Tun Myint Aung has criticised the draft of the National Land Utilisation Policy, saying it lacks data on the military’s land possessions and on land-grabbing, which is a worrying sign for the future of Myanmar.

He said information on the military’s land possessions must be included in the policy.

Myanmar to hold first health forum in Nay Pyi Taw

The first Myanmar Health Forum (MHF) will be held at the Myanmar International Convention Centre II in Nay Pyi Taw on July 28 and 29, according to a press release from the Ministry of Health.

President attends ceremony to mark 700th anniversary of Sagaing

Sagaing – President Thein Sein attended the ceremony to mark the 700th anniversary of Sagaing on July 26, despite heavy rain in the area.

The special event was held over three days, from July 26 to 28, with a royal procession. The ceremony was held as scheduled, although heavy rain prevented some entertainment activities.

The opening song was sung by singers Htoo Ae Lin and Ni Ni Khin Zaw, and sports activities were organised.

30 swept away in bridge collapse

The Nanhpaw bridge at Hsipaw has collapsed due to heavy hill rains, sweeping away an estimated 30 people.

When the 100-year-old bridge on the Namtu road broke, passengers, observers and a car were washed away.

The Nanhpaw flows into the Dokhtawaddy River.

“The bridge broke in the middle and about 30 observers and a car were washed away with the broken pieces. Three bodies were found. One was missing a leg,” said a Hsipaw resident.

Myanmar’s tourists mostly from Asian countries

Myanmar Tourism Sector Wide Assessment had reported that at least 70 percent of foreign tourists coming to Myanmar are from Asian countries.

Most travelers come from Thailand, Japan, South Korea, China and most stay at an average of one week.

Japan International Cooperation Agency had predicted at least 20.4 million foreign tourists and 29.2 local tourists between 2013 and 2020.

Air Bagan airplane skids off runway at Yangon Airport

An ATR-72 airplane from Air Bagan airline skidded off the runway upon landing at the Yangon Airport last night due to heavy rain. The airport was temporarily shut down and seven airplanes that were to land at Yangon Airport had to be landed temporarily at the Nay Pyi Taw Airport, according to the Ministry of Transport. 

Analyst says Yangon residents still face traffic congestion despite flyovers being constructed

Yangon – although the regional government spent about Ks 70 billion to build flyovers in Hledan, Myaynigone, Bayintnaung and Shwegontine to solve traffic congestion problem in Yangon, the traffic congestions in Hledan and Myaynigone have become worse, according to Motors.com.mm.

No license renewal for private pharmacies in people’s hospitals

The ministry of health has issued an order to shut down private drug stores in people’s hospitals on the expiry of their licenses. 

The health ministry distributed this order to the people’s hospitals across the country during this month. Private drug stores can open before the expiry of their licenses, the order says.

No tender winner for Yangon Railway Station development project

The Ministry of Rail Transportation recently issued an announcement that it will invite a new tender for the Yangon Central Railway Station comprehensive development project as there were no tender-winning companies.