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FIRE authorities last week said an electric pot that had been left on overnight in a fourth-floor cosmetics shop was responsible for a massive fire that burned for more than 20 hours and destroyed about 850 shops, storerooms and restaurants at Yangon’s Mingalar Market.
THE National Democratic Force last week formally announced itself as a political presence, submitting an application for permission to register with the Union Election Commission in Nay Pyi Taw on May 27.
LIKE a broken-down car being pulled out of a swamp by a pickup truck, the 2010 monsoon – late, wet and muddy, but still welcome for all that – has finally dragged its way up from the southern regions of the country, weather experts say.
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CAN poetry change the world? Perhaps not. But Yangon poets did their best on May 22 with an art event aimed at raising funds to help drought affected areas in Bago and Yangon Divisions.
The Action Group of Myanmar Poets, in collaboration with Sarpay Lawka bookshop on Pansodan Road gathered for the May 22 event to paint and sell their work. Approximately five lakh was raised in total. The Free Funeral Service Society will use the money to donate water to drought-affected areas.
“Most of the poets brought their own paint, canvases and brushes to the event,” said poet Maung Lin Yaing.
AFTER the unusually long hot season the first drops of rain were greeted with great relief by Yangon residents in early May. But while the rain is now falling in abundance, there is a drought of stage shows as compared to last year.