Myanmar State Counsellor scolds protesting students in Nay Pyi Taw

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi scolded students who were protesting against the extension of the school year during an event in Nay Pyi Taw on Tuesday. Myanmar’s de facto leader was speaking at the Education Sector Development Seminar when students stood up and unfurled banners to protest against the one-month extension. “This kind […]

Ministry to look into Mandalay University food court project

The Ministry of Education has sent a team to Mandalay University to investigate the allegations by students of irregularities in a project to build a food court on the campus that is nearly completed. The three-member team, which arrived in Mandalay on Saturday, is led by Deputy Minister U Win Maw Tun, who said they […]

People protest against power bill hike in Yangon

Yangon residents staged protests against the power bill hike in Pazundaung and Thaketa Townships in Yangon on July 1. Daw Oo Oo May Thwin, a protestor said: “I have to pay an extra of Ks 500 in addition to Ks 5,000 when I see a doctor. Due to the power bill increase, the prices of […]

Myanmar dam project shouldn’t be politicized

Non-governmental organizations, political parties, and environmental experts from every state and region in Myanmar have been invited to come together in opposition to the China-financed Myitsone Hydropower Dam project, Frontier Myanmar magazine reported. So far, only 44 percent of households in Myanmar have access to electricity. Addressing a nationwide power shortage, Myanmar’s government has set […]

Garment Factory agrees to pay salary, compensation to over 700 workers after negotiation

Blue Moon Garment Factory in Kyansittha Street in Shwelinban Industrial Zone in Hlinethaya Township, Yangon Region, has agreed to pay salaries and compensation for factory shutdown to over 700 workers after selling off the factory property, said factory workers. The agreement came after a tripartite meeting between the Yangon Region government led by Chief Minister […]

Workers demonstrate in Mandalay

Workers in Mandalay Region held a protest to demand the appointment of a new regional labour minister and urged officials to pay attention to labour affairs. Led by Myanmar Industries, Crafts and Services (MICS) Trade Union Federation, about 300 workers from 20 factories in the industrial zone staged a protest march last Saturday. “Under the […]

Container truck drivers stage protest on Strand Road

Container truck drivers staged a protest along Strand Road in Kyimyindine Township, Yangon, at about 8 pm on Wednesday causing a massive traffic blockage. The protest came after traffic police stopped some container trucks from using the road beyond prescribed period. Container trucks are officially allowed to go along the road from 9 pm to […]

Mandalay gold-leaf businesses protest new rules at Shwedagon

About 200 Mandalay gold-leaf business owners and workers protested on Tuesday in Mandalay city against the Shwedagon Pagoda trustee board’s new tender rules for gold leaf, saying it may lead to the disappearance of their livelihoods. Last month, Shwedagon Pagoda Trustee Group invited tenders for 25,000 gold-leaf packets over the next three years. The tender […]

Local partners criticise mining firm that owes government money

Mine workers marched to protest against the gold mining firm National Prosperity Co (NPC), which the government ordered closed in November last year for not paying the government its share of mining revenue. About 200 workers from 22 local firms in Moehti Moemi mining area of Yamethin township in Mandalay Region held the protest at […]

Dawei residents protest against $3 billion oil refinery

A collection of civil society groups in the southern city of Dawei has begun to actively protest a Chinese-led US$3 billion proposal to build Myanmar’s largest oil refinery on their doorstep. Local businesses, civil society organisations and villagers are circulating a petition calling for the new National League for Democracy-led government to reconsider the project […]