Transport chiefs say holiday ticket touts have struck again, ignoring stern warnings against overcharging passengers eager to get home for Thingyan. U Nyunt Wai, chair of Ma Hta Tha, the Yangon Region Supervisory Committee for Motor Vehicles, said it had fined 35 bus companies nearly K4 million after receiving dozens of complaints.
A well-known blogger and new National League for Democracy MP, Nay Phone Latt, won a seat in Yangon Region parliament in Thingangyun township in November’s election, becoming one the NLD’s youngest MPs. Born in 1980 as Nay Myo Kyaw, he adopted his pen name for his writings during the former junta.
Interfaith peace activists are calling on Yangon’s new regional government to respond to a campaign by nationalist monks to evict Muslim vendors from the area of Shwedagon Pagoda, the nation’s spiritual epicentre.
Yangon's new chief minister U Phyo Min Thein has vowed to scrub the city of corruption and install a graft-free administration. U Phyo Min Thein spoke with The Myanmar Times from his home in Hlegu township about how he plans on tackling his reform agenda.