Opinion

Bus fares rise as thousands of migrant workers return home

Myawady: Bus fares were ramped up to more than three times the usual cost, as tens of thousands of migrant workers returned home for the Thingyan holiday period on Sunday, sources said.

 Normally bus fares from Myawady to Yangon are between Ks10,000 and Ks15,000, but some bus lines raised their fares to between Ks18,000 and 20,000 for Thingyan period.

Some migrant workers returned home after being granted permission at the Friendship Bridge and some crossed Moei River using motor boats.

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The Myanmar-China dilemma

Translated by Thet Mon Htun, Kywe Wa Dana Tun

Tax U-turns breed uncertainty

The government's plan to introduce tax on interest earned on savings accounts nationwide has caused anxiety. 
 
The announcement followed an imposition of a 3-per-cent tax on gold purchases, another common savings tool.
 
The plans is seen as throwing oil on the fire as the economy is far from healthy with low growth and high inflation.