Parliament has suspended the construction of a jetty near Botahtaung Pagoda in Yangon, which had already been approved by the Myanmar Investment Commission.
And still they come: Yangon Region authorities are fighting a running battle against the constant proliferation of illegal shanties, which have continued to spring up overnight despite a city ordinance that any new unofficial residents will be arrested.
After three years of printing, Swe Sone Media Group announced on June 3 that it would temporarily cease publication of its Pyi Myanmar daily newspaper.
During a power blackout on a hot night in May, Ma Thidar Han heard a baby crying at around 9pm in a back lane of Yangon’s Mingalar Taung Nyunt township, where she works as a ward administrator. According to officers at the Yangon Police Headquarters, it was the second baby to be abandoned by its mother in Mingalar Taung Nyunt township in May.
A new jetty proposed near Botahtaung Pagoda, Yangon, could damage the structure of the building and disturb worshippers, an MP has warned. Seikkan township MP U Tin Maung Win told the Pyithu Hluttaw on June 3 that the government should postpone construction, or even build the jetty somewhere else.
The Yangon chief minister is already making good on a promise to crack down on “new squatters” in a bid to end the city’s land-grab fights. As of yesterday, authorities demolished 99 shanties built since the minister’s May 25 announcement.
Decaying power lines – some more than 100 years old – surging demand and long-term neglect, plus a shortage of money, all mean one thing for Yangon residents over the coming weeks and months: power cuts. At a May 31 press conference, Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein laid out what residents can expect as electric company officials try to keep up with demand.