National health program to be based on social and health surveys

According to the Public Health Department, the Ministry of Health and Sports is going to implement the national health program, which itself is to be based on the surveys of social and health data which were collected recently. 

Police warn against drug-use during Thingyan

Police have warned Thingyan enthusiasts against using drugs during the four-day water-throwing festival which will take place in mid-April.

Car drivers are supposed to abstain from drugs and people are urged to be cautious of taking and being influenced by drugs and sexual stimulants, according to police.

Anyone who suspects someone of selling or taking drugs can report it to the police.

NLD patron: govt needs to work for farmers to work stability

The patron of the National League for Democracy (NLD) said the government needs to work towards the stability of farmland, enabling farmers to work on it more productively.

Speaking at a commemoration of Revolution Day from Fascists held at NLD headquarters on Monday, Thura Tin Oo said farmland was an unlimited natural resource that could reap benefits.

Yangon slashes water wastage: MMC

Yangon has cut its water wastage to 14 per cent from a staggering 54 per cent, according to a statement released by Manila Water Mitsubishi Consortium (MMC) on Monday.

The MMC, a joint effort between Manila Water and the Japanese giant Mitsubishi Corporation, had just completed its 18-month initial phase to overhaul the water distribution system within Yangon.

Fourth TB lab with biosecurity level 3 to open in Mawlamyine

The Ministry of Health and Sports will open another tuberculosis laboratory with biosafety level 3 in Mawlamyine city of Mon State so that more TB patients can get screening for drug-resistant TB.

Similar TB labs have already opened in Yangon, Mandalay and Taunggyi. It is estimated that there are about 200,000 new TB cases every year in Myanmar, which has a population of 51.4 million. As only 150,000 people were diagnosed with TB last year, the government been trying to speed up screening.

Yangon suffers three fires in one day due to electrical overheating

Yangon’s firefighters had a long day battling not one but three fires in one day on Monday in three different townships.

The fires in Kamayut, Kyimyindaing and Seikkan Townships burnt down three homes, one gymnasium and a car. Luckily, no one was injured.

But it seemed that, once again, the infamous “wire shock” or overheating wires was to blame.

The Kamayut fire occurred around 3am at a gymnasium on Thahtone Road. “The wires were overheated and caused the fire,” a firefighter said.

50 Latpadaung residents sued for blocking Wanboa stone-mining trucks

Sarlinngyi Township Police Force has sued 50 residents of Latpadaung region for blocking trucks carrying stones for the Wanboa mining company under four sections of the law, said Police Major Htay Win from the township police.

The sections are 143, 333, 6(1) of the Penal Code and 19 of the Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Procession Law, the officer said.

The police held a press conference on Monday to discuss a recent confrontation that took place between the police and residents.

Woman protests against USDP members' seizure of land

A woman from North Dagon Township in Yangon Region yesterday staged a protest in front of Maha Bandoola Park, demanding the return of land owned by her forefathers which was grabbed by two regional committee members of the opposition Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP).

Yi Yi Win, claiming to be the original landowner, said a 1.5-acre plot by Union Highway in Ward 50 in North Dagon Township which she inherited from her ancestors was forcibly seized by two members of USDP regional level committee in May 2014.

Yangon industrial zones may face multi-day power outages

Temporary power outages will take place in industrial zones in Yangon Region from March 27th to April 2nd due to decline in gas production in off-shore Yadanar, according to a statement from Yangon Electricity Supply Committee (YESC).

At least 0.2 million acres of arable land in Yangon get upgrades

Yangon Region Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein says the region government plans to upgrade at least 200,000 acres of arable land.

It will be implemented in the places where irrigation water is available. The double-cropping system and the sown acreage which can benefit farmers can be implemented in a short space of time.