A fifth of new towns must be parkland, says YCDC boss

Public parks have been planned for 20 per cent of Yangon’s new towns, says Toe Aung, director of urban planning at Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC).

He told an event attended by Green Lotus, the youth environmental group Gaihahita and UN Habitat at Yangon City Hall, which discussed environmental conservation, weather, transport and water supplies, that the city needed more parks.

Expert warns of coal power’s health costs

Before giving permission to build coal-fuelled power plants, the government should conduct health assessments of those living near existing projects, mining expert Saw Moe Myint told a forum on power supplies.

“The health of people living near the Tijit and Kawthaung coal-fuelled power plants should be examined so we can evaluate the possible impact of future projects,” he said.

Pre-dawn raid crushes 144 squatter huts

More than 1,000 people used heavy equipment to demolish 144 squatter huts in Dagon Myothit (Seikkan) Township at 4:30am on 30 January to develop an industrial zone on the site.

Officials from the township’s administration department, labourers and the police were involved in the operation. 

Ayeyarwady level at decade low

The Ayeyarwady River is at its lowest level for a decade, according to the Directorate of Water Resources and Improvement of River Systems in Mandalay.

It fell to 362cm on January 29 in Mandalay while last year's lowest level was 368cm, the authorities said.

Plane hits bird near Nay Pyi Taw

A Golden Myanmar Airlines passenger aircraft collided with a bird near Nay Pyi Taw airport yesterday, sources say.

The Airbus A320 was flying from Yangon to Nay Pyi Taw when it hit the bird while preparing to land.

The airline was sponsoring the Asean Tourism Forum being held in Nay Pyi Taw from January 22 to 28 and it was flying the route three times a day.

Myanmar inflation stable, says Set Aung

Set Aung, vice governor of the Central Bank of Myanmar, said inflation had not risen dramatically from around 5 percent.

He said the moderate increase was in line with the country's economic growth during the period of reform.

Yadanabon demands four-party talks

Mandalay-Students from Yadanabon University marched within the institution’s grounds to demand four-party talks on the National Education Law between the government, Parliament, students and the Network for National Education Reform. 

Placards denounced the law for ignoring the will of the students and public, while staff assisted them for security.

Coal set to fill power shortfall

Myanmar is planning to increase the electricity generated by coal-fired power plants by 2030 to meet 29.6 per cent of overall demand, sources say.

Students to continue march

Kyaukpadaung – Students marching in protest at the National Education Law have decided to continue on to Yangon unless four-party talks are held, reports say.

They stopped to receive medical checkups in Kyaukpadaung for a day at the residents’ request. 

MPs demand Sky Net contract revision

The Public Accounts Joint Committee of the Union Parliament has called for revision of a government contract awarded to Sky Net Television operated by Shwe Than Lwin Media Co Ltd as it disburses only Ks 40.4 million (about US$40,400) a month, which is far lower than its profits.