Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie met women garment workers in Yangon on August 1 with opposition leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to learn more about their working conditions, as part of her first visit to the country.
More than 500 people surveyed for traffic report, which finds average commute is 30 minutes to one hour.
Where there’s muck, they say, there’s kyat. Yangon City Development Committee’s hopes of getting out of what is politely called the night-soil trade have been dashed, leaving it neck-deep without a paddle.
Yangon Region Chief Minister U Myint Swe, a former general with a reputation as a hardliner, will not stand for re-election and intends to retire, a senior official of the Union Solidarity and Development Party announced yesterday.
Yangon police say they have made the country’s largest-ever seizure of narcotics, valuing 2.67 tonnes of methamphetamine tablets found in the back of a truck parked on the city’s outskirts at more than US$100 million.
Villagers accuse resident monks of breaching the law by living in the pagoda compound for an extended period.
Yangon’s Insein Prison will open its doors this week to a leading monk, who will donate food and preach to inmates and staff under social reforms initiated by the government.
Yangon Region’s most remote corner has just become a little more accessible. Engineers have completed the first phase of a new jetty on Coco Island, intended to make it easier for ships to visit.
Yangon residents got a rare chance to explore the long-shuttered and now-decrepit chambers of General Aung San yesterday as the Secretariat Building was made open to the public to mark the 68th anniversary of Martyrs’ Day.