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Activists condemn Inle entrance deal

An alleged change in the rules for the deal determining how entrance fees are collected from foreign tourists at Inle Lake has sparked confusion and the Save the Inle Lake environmentalist group said it sent complaints to the president, state counsellor and union-level offices.

The deal rules which instruct the winner to pay off the designated sum in three instalments, with the first of about 30 per cent, to be paid to the state-owned Myanma Economic Bank in Taunggyi by April 30.

Struggles shaped garment success: workers

Government officials and members of the Myanmar Garment Manufacturer Association (MGMA) held panel discussions on March 19 that the garment and textile industry is a story of success thru hardships.

For most laborers in the garment industry, they had received either incomplete or no education but according MGMA’s Secretary General Khine Khine Nwe, that hasn’t stopped resilient people from rising to the top.

Giant Yangon development opens

The Shwe Taung Group and project leaders for Yangon's Junction City held a press conference today to unveil the giant scheme

Bean growers already face loss of agricultural costs

As the price of pigeon pea is set to drop considerably, growers in nearby Pakokku Region are already facing less income and predict more difficulties with the upcoming rainy season.

Currently, the price of pigeon pea is under Ks 24,000 per basket in Pakokku crop market. Last year, the price was at least Ks 37,500 to Ks 50,000 per basket.

Two women trafficked in Mandalay in 2017

There was one human trafficking case in Mandalay from January to March this year, which involved two women being forced to work in China.

According to anti-trafficking police of Mandalay Region, there were 13 human trafficking cases in 2016, and seven cases of forced brides and six cases of forced prostitution.

Bill committee points to weaknesses of Yangon Bus Services

Rules and regulations for Yangon Bus Services (YBS) should be implemented by the Yangon Region Transport Authority (YRTA), the Bill committee of Yangon Region has suggested.

The committee said that some implementation steps of the YBS by the YRTA do not match  Yangon Region’s provisions for private vehicles.

President Htin Kyaw visits China

A delegation from Myanmar, led by President Htin Kyaw, is planning to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping during its goodwill visit to China.

They are scheduled to meet with Premier Li Keqiang and the Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress Zhang Dejiang.

Both leaders are expected to sign mutual agreements on the health, education and business sectors, said Kyaw Zeya, Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs on April 5.

Plans are underway to continue implementing another 20 hydropower projects

The Ministry of Electric Power and Energy is planning to generate more than 1,600 megawatts of power from six projects, including Shweli and Yeywa, that are still being built.

The hydropower projects still being built by the ministry include the No. 3 Shweli, upper Yeywa, upper Beluchaung, Thahtay, upper Kyaingtaung and middle Paunglaung.

Mine squads wait to clear landmine at ceasefire regions

Bomb disposal experts are waiting to clear landmines in ceasefire regions, which threaten about 5 million people in 45 townships across Myanmar.

Landmines are spread across Kachin, Kayah, Kayin, Shan, Mon States as well as Taninthayi and eastern Bago regions, according to Thant Zin, Chairman of Landmine Initiative Movement.

Kachin Chief warns jade campanies against throwing waste

Dr. Khat Aung, the chief minister of Kachin State, yesterday urged jade mining companies not to dump waste soil near the Uru River, Hpakant Region, Kachin State.

He also asked the jade companies to follow exiting rules and regulations to decrease  flooding in the area.