What is as cool and comfortable as a taxi but almost as cheap as a bus – though a safe bus with polite conductors? The new Bus Rapid Transport system, that’s what. The BRT has launched its new service to favourable reviews from Yangon’s long-suffering commuters last week.
Police are on the lookout for peddlers of knock-off sexual performance enhancing drugs. In order to create a safer Valentine’s Day, Yangon officers say they are cracking down on illicit, unregistered and fake sex drugs.
Striking what they hope will be a death blow against polio, health officials are preparing for a nationwide assault. The Supplementary Polio Immunisation Campaign will take place from February 20 to 22, National Immunisation Day (NID).
Residents violently evicted in Mingaladon township last week are to petition the National League for Democracy for a speedy resettlement. They also want an investigation into the violence with which they were driven from their homes.
The penalties for failing to fasten your seat belt may include a K30,000 fine and a broken neck.
The number has surged from an estimate of 65,000 at the end of 2013 on government and privately owned land, but no official survey has been done since, U Win Naing, deputy director of housing development in the Ministry of Construction, told The Myanmar Times in mid-January. It has been suggested that there may be as many as 2 million squatters.
Forced evictions in Yangon and Mandalay last month have led to the creation of a “new breed of roadside squatters”, according to the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission.