Myanmar Times

Myanmar must boost efforts to eliminate malaria: study

Myanmar needs special strategies to meet its goal of eliminating the mosquito-borne disease malaria by 2030, a recent study has said. Malaria is a life-threatening disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected female anopheles mosquitoes, according to the World ...

Hmue Angel

Myanmar migratory bird census to be taken by locals

The Asian migratory bird census which is usually conducted yearly will be taken in collaboration with local communities in Myanmar this year, said Daw Thiri Daewi Aung, executive director at Biodiversity and Nature Conservation Association (BANCA). “Normally, the migratory bird census is taken in the second ...

Phyo Wai Kyaw

Construction of highway connecting Dawei SEZ, Htikhee to commence next year

The construction of a 140-kilometer two-lane highway connecting the Dawei Special Economic Zone (SEZ), in Tanintharyi Region to the Htikhee at the Thai border will commence in mid-2021, according to the Dawei SEZ Management Committee. When complete, it will take travellers from the SEZ about 2.5 ...

Chan Mya Htwe

Poverty spikes in Myanmar following second wave of pandemic

The second wave of COVID – 19 in Myanmar has had a significant impact on incomes, with a rising number of households now living below the poverty line compared to before the pandemic, according to the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Myanmar. In September, ...

Thiha Ko Ko

Overwhelming majority approves Myanmar anti-corruption efforts

An overwhelming majority of the Myanmar people approved of the government’s efforts to stamp down corruption, the international anti-corruption watch group Transparency International said in a report released on November 24. The report said Myanmar has the highest percentage of citizens among the 17 Asia Pacific ...

John Grafilo

Myanmar reveals new strategy for coronavirus-free status

Myanmar is planning to adopt a new community-based containment strategy in an effort to become a coronavirus-free country in a matter of months, said the spokesperson of the Ministry of Health and Sports. “It is a community-based program designed to restore the current situation of high ...

Hmue Angel

Myanmar aims for 14% power generation from renewable sources

Myanmar is aiming to generate 14 percent of the country’s electricity needs through renewable energy, U Win Khaing, Minister of Electricity and Energy, said during the Singapore International Energy Week 2020 held during October 26 to 30. He said Myanmar needs to choose sustainable sources of ...

Chan Mya Htwe

The ailing Ayeyarwady

Born in Phaung Gyi village on an island near the shore of the Ayeyarwady River in Nyaung-U Township, just under 150 kilometers south-west of Mandalay, Ko Aung Zaw Oo feels agitated whenever he returns home. He is now 43. Throughout his life, his village has moved ...

Zon Pann Pwint

Military Chief seeks balance between health safety and livelihood security

Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, the country military chief, urged the civilian authorities to keep a balance between the need for health safety and livelihood security in implementing policies aimed at controlling the COVID-19 pandemic. The Senior General conceded that the rate of infection of COVID-19 ...

Sai Wanna

Yangon poor lose livelihoods due to COVID-19 restrictions

The stay-at-home order because of COVID-19 is causing hardships for the most vulnerable in Yangon. Only one person is allowed to go out at a time and some streets don’t allow strangers to enter, causing hardships for street pedlars and gig economy workers. Most shops in ...

Zeyar Hein

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