Bagan renovation approved, says dept

Donations concerned with the renovation of Bagan’s historical and cultural sites are accepted only once there is approval from the Archaeology Department, an official has confirmed.
A debate has stirred up among Facebook users after an actress uploaded photos of a Buddha statue at the
Pyathard Gyi pagoda in Bagan, Mandalay Region, which had been repainted thanks to her financial contributions.

Vessels plying rivers and streams in Yangon to be inspected


Small earthquake hits Myanmar, centering on Mawlaik

A slight earthquake of magnitude 4.6 Richter Scale hit Myanmar on November 20, with its epicentre about 37 kilometres east and southeast of Mawlaik, Sagaing Region and about 224 kilometres northwest of Mandalay seismological observatory, according to the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology (DMH).
“Many slight and moderate earthquakes hit the northwest of Myanmar frequently,” said Dr Yin Myo Htwe, assistant director of the Earthquake Division under the DMH.

Yangon tops list of Japanese encephalitis cases

Until the first six months of 2017 since 2012, the number of people infected with Japanese encephalitis virus has exceeded 700, with Yangon topping the list with 155 cases, according to the Ministry of Health and Sports

Mobile overbilling comes under spotlight

The government is scrutinising the overbilling of mobile subscribers by telecom operators, said Nilar Kyaw, Yangon Region Minister for Electricity, Industry and Transportation, at the 5th regular session of Yangon region parliament on November 20. 

Ministry to force resumption of suspended housing projects

The government will put pressure on developers to complete housing projects that were abandoned during the country’s transition period.

Falling prices hurt sesame farmers

Declining prices have hurt sesame farmers, they say. Pakokku farmers in Magway Region said their  production costs have also soared because of high labour fees.
Farmer Thet Khine said: “We have to pay K5,000 per farmhand. If the market price drops, we don’t make much profit. The current price barely covers the production cost.”
Although their harvests have been successful, growing sesame can be expensive.

Drug ring leader escapes raid in Kachin, make threats

A crime victim says his life is in danger for helping bust a well-known drug smuggling ring in Moehnyin, Kachin State.
Khin Maung Htay, chief administrator of Nammar Village Tract, was part of a sting operation by the police and the military to capture a narcotics gang led by Nay Htun Htun aka Aung Win Htun near Taunginn Village Tract.
The group managed to capture 28 drug dealers but the leader escaped, making a dramatic death threat to Khin Maung Htay before he did so.

Mobile labs to test Aids patients for TB

The 3MDG (Three Millennium Development Goal) Fund will help the Ministry of Health and Sports test Aids patients for tuberculosis.
The organisation donated two vehicles equipped with lab equipment in June to give healthcare to patients in prisons and remote places as well.
The manufacturers of the vehicles will train medical professionals in technical know-how. The vehicles are expected to be helpful in diagnosing and treating patients in remote areas.

Mandalay procession shows support for military

Thousands of people gathered in Mandalay on November 19 to show support for Myanmar’s military and “good” civil servants.