With financial support from international donors, the Ministry of Electric Power will extend electrical power to 1.7 million people over the next five years, deputy minister U Maw Thar Htwe told parliament last week.
Traffic accidents on a fatal stretch of highway have halved in number since April, as police crack down on speeding, drug and alcohol use among drivers, and fake documents, parliament was told last week.
Hopes for signing a nationwide ceasefire in October have dimmed.
Restoration efforts are ongoing on the centrepiece building of a major development project in Yangon backed by business tycoon Serge Pun, despite continued difficulties in securing a critical lease extension for the mixed-use property.
Restoration work is never straightforward but the former Burma Railways headquarters poses particular challenges for those hoping to turn it into a luxury hotel in the coming years.
A Thai helicopter has lost contact with ground control during a search and rescue effort for two missing mountaineers on Southeast Asia's highest peak, officials say.