Minister promises to sweeten sugar deals

To settle the disagreements over sugar deals, the Magway Region government will negotiate with a local mill.

Unhealthy diet killing people early

Ischemic heart disease (IHD) accounts for over 40 per cent of annual deaths by non-communicable diseases in the country, according to the World Health Organisation’s global health estimates.
Gender-based studies show IHD is responsible for 39 per cent of deaths in men and 45 per cent in women. Cancer came second in both studies.

Yaynanchaung farmers start growing winter crops

Yaynanchaung Township farmers have started growing winter crops,  according to locals.

“We are now growing chickpeas and we can harvest in three months,” said Thanchaung from west Bukyune village.

“A bushel of chickpeas in the market is K3,000. Villagers in the neighbouring villages are now growing various kinds of beans such as mung beans, chickpeas and peanuts. Some are growing mixed crops with beans and vegetables to cover the cultivating.”

Charcoal prices higher as illegal demand from China increases

Myitkyina-The price of charcoal is increasing as demand increases from China.

And with that price increase, charcoal has been transported illegally from Kachin State to China for more than a month.

Over the past month, the price of a higher quality bag of charcoal has increased to 8,000 to 12,000 kyat, while lower quality bags are going for 4,000 to 5,500 kyat.

Charcoal from Kachin State and northern Sagaing Region smuggled to China along the Ayeyawady River on the Waimaw-Sadone- Kanpaiktee route.

Gov’t ups contribution to HIV prevention fund

The government will contribute about US$15 million (20.4 billion kyat) in the fund for HIV/Aids control and treatment every year, said Dr Tun Nyunt Oo, project manager of the National HIV/Aids Eradication Program under Myanmar’s Ministry of Health and Sports.
The contribution will join funding from international bodies.
“Unicef is a major contributor to the HIV fund. It contributes more than 50 per cent of HIV/Aids treatment and care. Other organizations like the WHO and the UN are providing assistance as well,” he added.

Over 100,000 foreign tourists visit Kyaiktiyo archaeological zone

Kyaikto – More than 100,000 foreign tourists visited Kyaiktiyo archaeological zone from January to November in this year, according to the office that collects entrance fees from foreigners at Kyaiktiyo Pagoda.

IDPs in Chin State need food aid, cold-weather clothing to survive

Sittwe – Around 350 internally displaced person (IDPs) living in Paletwa, Chin State are in desperate need of emergency aid.
An estimated 1,200 refugees are taking shelter in India due to fighting between the Myanmar army and Arakan
Army (AA) militants in the state and aid workers are having difficulty reaching them due to security concerns.

VP calls on all of society to strengthen Myanmar youth’s ideas and beliefs


The strength of Myanmar youth needs to be boosted to develop the human society of the future. But the government cannot do it on its own and so all stakeholders should join hands, said Vice-President Myint Swe.

He was addressing the opening ceremony of the Youth All-Round Development Festival at Yangon University’s convocation hall on December 1.

Double-digit death rate continues in November on controversial highway

There were 510 traffic-related accidents, with 109 deaths and 797 injuries as of the end of November, according to the figures from Nay Pyi Taw Highway Traffic Police.

Kachin residents protest govt, mining companies

Residents of Hpakant, Kachin State, have condemned the administration and mining companies in a November 30 demonstration.
The 50-strong protest accused the local court and land survey department of being “unjust” and the general administration office of “failing to remedy the damages dealt by mining companies to residents”.