Ko Tun Min had worked as a scissor sharpener for most of his adult life. While his wage was not spectacular, it was enough to get by and support his wife and three children – that is, until his regular customers slowly dried up.
Five leading Buddhist monks delivered sermons to audiences numbering in the tens of thousands at Pyi Thu Yin Pyin public square in Yangon from February 17 to 21, to mark the 2600th anniversary of Shwedagon Pagoda.
The Department of Meteorology and Hydrology is inviting public submissions on the first draft of a UN-backed climate change adaptation report, a spokesperson said earlier this month.
More than one-third of fire outbreaks in Yangon in 2011 were the result of faulty or misused electrical appliances, including a deadly blaze and explosion in Mingalar Taung Nyunt on December 29, a fire department official said last week.
The start of 2012 has brought an unwelcome rise in living costs, particularly short-term accommodation, residents and real estate industry sources in Yangon say.