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FOR 25-year-old Wai Wai, the 2010 general election will be her first opportunity to shape the future of her country. She says she has already decided to give her vote to the political party she feels will bring economic development and improve people’s real living standards. (Volume 26, No. 510)
STATE-OWNED television network MRTV-3 is to be relaunched from March 27, with a Singapore company providing professional assistance to bring programming up to an international standard. (Volume 26, No. 510)
THE Tripartite Core Group (TCG) last week used the launch of the third Periodic Review (PR3) at the Chatrium Hotel in Yangon on February 9 to call for more funding for Nargis recovery programs. “With unresolved challenges remaining in almost every economic sector, geographic area or demographic group as indicated in the report, it is imperative to accelerate support from the international community to address those outstanding gaps,” said Dr William Sabandar, special envoy of the ASEAN secretary general for post-Nargis recovery in Myanmar. (Volume 26, No. 510)
OFFICIALS were last week monitoring Yangon markets and poultry farms for signs of avian influenza after an outbreak of the disease was detected at a poultry farm in Mayangone township. (Volume 26, No. 510)
THE Ministry of Health is urging people to maintain preventive measures against the the influenza virus A(H1N1) to avoid the spread of the disease, as new cases continue to come to light. (Volume 26, No. 510)
A HUGE fire destroyed about 80 percent of one of Yangon’s largest markets on Friday evening but no casualties have so far been reported, officials told The Myanmar Times last week. (Volume 26, No. 510)
HAINGGYI Island, at the southwestern tip of Ayeyarwady Division and of the country, was the first place in Myanmar to feel the fury of Cyclone Nargis in May 2008. More than 100,000 people lost their lives in Ayeyarwady and Yangon divisions because villagers lacked the means to protect themselves against natural disaster. (Volume 26, No. 510)
YANGON – Traffic on a main road running through the centre of Chinatown in Myanmar’s largest city Yangon has become busier each day as Chinese lunar New Year celebrations draw closer. Five days ahead of the start of the Year of the Tiger, hundreds of road-side stalls erected along both sides of Mahabandoola Street – historically known as Guangdong Street for Myanmar-Chinese – in the Chinatown area are busy with customers purchasing New Year goods. (Volume 26, No. 510)
MYANMAR and Bang-ladesh are “on the right track” to reach an agreement on the demarcation of a maritime boundary in the Bay of Bengal, Bangladesh’s ambassador to Myanmar has told The Myanmar Times. (Volume 26, No. 510)
The busy New Year season brought with it a headache for trustees at the famed Kyaiktiyo Pagoda: what to do with the mounds of rubbish left behind by pilgrims. U Tin Nyunt, a member of the pagoda’s board of trustees, said plastic bags were the main rubbish problem. (Volume 26, No. 510)
- Regional fisheries management workshop focuses on livelihoods
- Gems Emporium slated for March
- MFE investigates shiitake mushroom cultivation
- Oil prices up in second week of Feb
IT is midnight and the telephone is ringing in the compound of Ywar Ma Pariyati Sarthindeik monastic school. A young monk picks up the phone, on the other end a woman beseeches him to find a monk who is willing to donate blood to her sick relative. This is not a one-off, but a daily occurrence.
SINCE hitting the mainstream in the 1970s, hip-hop dancing has maintained its status as a technically difficult, high intensity form of dance most associated with the street rather than polished stage performances. Although late to arrive in Myanmar, plenty of kids are still risking their limbs to impress their friends with some cool moves.
- Australian government websites blocked in protest
- Hollywood loses OZ download battle
- SKorea, Japan boast fastest internet
CURIOSITY stirred, I decided to take the plunge and test the popular Dr Fish Massage. The signboard advertised 20 minutes in the pool with hordes of Garra rufa fish for just US$3 and promised that the fish would remove the dead skin from my hands and feet. This would leave them smooth, while at the same time acting as a form of stress relief.
SINGAPORE – Singapore welcomed 9.7 million visitors in 2009, down 4.3 percent from 2008 but exceeding forecasts due to an aggressive marketing campaign amid a global recession, the government said last week
Inya Lake Hotel is launching www.eventsinyangon.com, the one and only website with updated events listings for Yangon. This website features a calendar of events, from music concerts and art gallery openings to social occasions in the hotels and bars around the city.