It isn’t easy keeping Yangon green, what with the heat, developers’ voracious appetite for empty land, and the council’s lack of resources. But municipal officials say they are hopeful they can more than double the amount of green space in Yangon under a new zoning plan, taking the figure up to 30 percent.
Three female employees at a Yangon steelworks who recently complained about labour rights violations have quit after being placed on heavy duties by the factory manager, according to the workers and a local union.
Senior monks on the national Sangha council have decided not to formally protest a decision to merge the ministries of Culture and Religious Affairs, but say they remain unhappy at the planned change.
For nearly four years the Myanmar Peace Center has been at the heart of President U Thein Sein’s efforts to end decades of war with the country’s ethnic armed groups. In two weeks the new NLD-led government will take over the peace process, with many asking what will happen to the MPC – and its assets donated by the international community.
In a renewed annual effort to prevent price gouging and black marketeering, the regional transport authorities have again instructed bus lines not to raise their prices in advance of the Thingyan Water Festival. They have also told them not to sell tickets too early.