Taunggyi puts a ban on hot-air balloon festival

TAUNGGYI——Taunggyi Township,, Southern Shan State, will not allow holding of the hot-air balloon festival at the night of full moon day of Thadingyut which will fall on October 31st, says Administrator Phyo Min Htike from Taunggyi Township. The Taunggyi Township Festival Observance Committee banned the annual festival that always attracts a massive crowd, held in […]

Taunggyi COVID-19 lab to start testing in July, Mandalay constructs new virus testing lab

A COVID-19 laboratory in Taunggyi, Shan State, will be ready for testing in the first week of July, while a new Public Health Laboratory (PHL) is underway for construction in Mandalay. “We expect to start the first lab test for COVID-19 in Taunggyi in early July, but for Lashio,” said Dr Thuzar Chit, deputy director […]

Three Myanmar Cities Win Asean Clean Tourist City Awards

YANGON—Shan State’s Taunggyi, Kayah State’s Loikaw and Tanintharyi Region’s Dawei will receive the Asean Clean Tourist City Standard award, which recognizes the cleanest, greenest cities in Southeast Asia. Asean’s cities are assessed on seven criteria: environmental management; cleanliness; waste management; awareness-building about environmental protection and cleanliness; green spaces; health and safety, and urban safety and […]

Myanmar appoints ex-world bank economist deputy minister

The Myanmar President’s Office on Thursday appointed former World Bank economist and poverty specialist Dr. Min Ye Paing Hein as deputy industry minister. Among his responsibilities will be promoting private investment in state-owned enterprises to make them commercially viable. Aged 41, the holder of a PhD from a US university will be the youngest minister […]

In rural Myanmar, rail lines founder while military spends

The pre-dawn air is crisp at Saikkhaung village, in Myanmar’s largely rural Shan State, as I board the 5 a.m. train for the three-hour journey to Taunggyi, the state capital. Women sit on the floor in the passenger coaches, stringing together sardine-sized fish to be sold in the daily market near Taunggyi railway station, alongside […]

Tom n Toms plans Myanmar expansion

South Korean Cafe chain Tom n Toms has started to launch outlets in Myanmar. Tom n Toms Myanmar has opened two locations in Yangon so far, at the international airport and the Kantharyar Centre, with a third planned for Yankin Township. Information from Myanmar International Business Alliance Company operation director Aung Sithu Khant revealed a […]

OUELH expands into Myanmar healthcare with US$19.5m acquisition

OUE Lippo Healthcare (OUELH) is venturing into Myanmar with stake acquisitions in two joint venture companies that own three hospitals, one medical centre and two clinics. This will give the company presence in the key cities of Yangon, Mandalay and Taunggyi, the subsidiary company of OUE Limited said on Thursday. OUELH’s wholly owned units have […]

Ministry of electricity and energy invites sealed bids from eligible bidders for Installation of Distribution Lines and Transformers MOEE-NEP/C1-W4/18, closing date: 29 October 2018.

Specific procurement notice Date : 12th September, 2018 Invitation for Bids IDA, Credit No : 5727-MM Contract Title: Installation of Distribution Lines and Transformers for Shan (East), Shan (South), Shan (North) & Bago (East), Naypyitaw for National Electrification Project Reference No : MOEE-NEP/C1-W4/18&MOEE-NEP/C1- W5/18 1. The Republic of the Union of Myanmar has received financing […]

Illegal trade more rampant than before, govt measures not effective

Government efforts to prevent illegal border trade have not been effective or sufficient and counterfeit goods are still being smuggled into the country. In fact, things are worse than before. “Illegal trade can’t be controlled. Illegal trade is worse than before even though measures were taken to reopen some of the border gates by the […]