Paradiso Cinema to build 45 cinemas across Myanmar this year

Paradiso Cinema has planned to build 45 cinemas across Myanmar this year, and one will open soon in Pyapon township of Ayeyawady Region.

Taninthayi Township to get statue of General Aung San

A statue of General Aung San riding a horse is being built in Taninthayi Township, Taninthayi Region, with a budget of Ks 15 million raised by a donor.

2,000 hepatitis C patients to receive free treatment

Under a hospital-based treatment programme, a plan to provide free medical treatment for 2,000 hepatitis C patients from public hospitals will begin in the last week of May, according to Dr Than Tun Aung, the deputy director general of the Public Health Department.

New Inle area administration office to help preserve lake

The Inle area administration office opened in Nyaungshwe on Saturday with the aim of helping to preserve the lake for which the area is known.

The Inle administration team is chaired by the Shan State chief minister. Cabinet members, departmental authorities, parliamentarians and the ethnic affairs minister are also involved in the administration. The law for the administration of Inle Lake has been enacted and bye-laws and financial policies are being drafted.

Yangon authorities ready sale of 200 discounted buses for school services


Negotiations continuing for UNHCR support, official says

Negotiations for fundng from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) are continuing, Ministry of Border Affairs deputy secretary Sai Tun Nyo said.

If negotiations go well, a letter of understanding will be signed for a three-year project worth US$17.4 million.

The purpose of the project is to help refugees return to their homes in Kayah State, Kayin State, Chin State, Mon State, Rakhine State, Shan State, Bago Region and Tanintharyi Region.

Shan to take concerns over Chinese-owned banana plantations to peace conference

Shan people in Kachin State are preparing to voice their concerns over a range of issues, including sensitivities over Chinese-owned banana plantations in the state,  to the Union Peace Conference, said the group’s chairman San Wai.

The Shan group will also air concerns over a lack of  transparency in administrative matters.

High school students in Pyay demand the release of detained students

High school students and activists in Pyay, Bago Region demonstrated on May 13 calling to release detained students.

“We want the detained and imprisoned students to be released. We want to tell the government that there should not be political prisoners at all in the democratic government. Students should also be released together with them,” said Aung Min Khaing, a high school student.

Health and Sports Ministry to spend more than Ks 1 trillion in 2017-18

The Ministry of Health and Sports will spend a budget of more than Ks 1 trillion in the 2017-2018 fiscal year, a source of the ministry said.

The ministry received a budget of Ks 87 billion in 2011-2012, Ks 350 billion in 2012-2013, Ks 485 billion in 2013-2014, Ks 709 billion in 2014-2015, Ks 846 billion in 2015-2016 and Ks 851 billion in 2016-2017.

Test-run of suspended Sarmalauk distillery allowed amid public opposition

The authority has allowed a trail run of suspended Sarmalauk distillery in Nyaungdone Township of Ayeyarwady Region amid the strong public opposition, according to sources.

The authority decided to close it after locals lodged a series of complaints to the government about the direct disposal of sewage into Panhlaing River without treatment, the emission of ashes and smokes and water pollution.Locals have called for the complete shutdown of it.