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Chinese traders prefer Hpakant over Mandalay gems market

Buyers from China have found it much easier to do business in the mines of Hpakant than in Mandalay’s Maha Aung Myay Gems Trading Centre, the city’s largest emporium which features more than 1000 shops, especially if they want to buy raw or uncut jades. “I have ...

Gales kill three, 3,000 homes damaged

Three people were killed and nearly 3,000 houses were damaged by the gales that swept between May 5 and 7 in some regions and states. The Relief, Resettlement, and Social Welfare department said that three people died in Leiway of Nay Pyi Taw and Hommalin in ...

Gold orders drop due to purchase tax

Since the government started to collect tax on gold purchases on April 1, orders at workshops and goldsmiths have dropped. Goldsmith Ko Naung Naung from Chan Mya Tharsi township, Mandalay Region, said the downward trend was worrying because in the past, jewellers would make orders ...

Myanmar prepares for Math Olympiad

Myanmar will be competing in the 58th International Mathematical Olympiad this July in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the Mathematical Society of Myanmar announced last Saturday. Its secretary U Htin Aung said MSM had just finished testing 40 students in Yangon and Mandalay to select the ...

Tender to be called for highway upgrading

The Ministry of Construction will call for international firms to tender for upgrading works on a 40-mile section of the Yangon-Nay Pyi Taw-Mandalay Highway starting at Yangon, the ministry’s Permanent Secretary U Kyaw Lin said on April 10. The upgrading works, which will use an ...

Government’s emergency water supply ready for 500 villages nationwide

In case of water shortage this summer, the government has set aside emergency water supply for 500 villages around Myanmar. Rural Development Department director U Kyaw Thu Aung from the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation said surveys have revealed that villages in Mandalay Region, ...

High biddings for Thingyan pandal permit auction

Sis permits for the construction of pandals for next month’s Thingyan festival around the Mandalay palace moat were auctioned by Mandalay City Development Committee for a total of over K236 million, with one fetching as high as K54 million, said committee member U Kyaw Zaw ...

Mandalay FDA to check water factories

The Mandalay Food and Drug Administration branch will be running spot-checks at factories producing drinking water to ensure production is according to standard. The authority’s deputy director Dr Kyaw Kyaw said those who failed to comply with the standards would be ordered to stop their distribution ...

Monastic school teachers to get training

Thousands of teachers in Buddhist monastic schools are going to be trained on how to deal with children better. Phaung Daw Oo Monastic Affiliated High School principal Sayadaw U Nayaka said the teachers would receive training in child-centred teaching approach in the 2017-18 academic year. ...

Land given to officers not used but sold: analysis group

Forest lands in Pyin Oo Lwin, Mandalay Region, given to retired officers and entrepreneurs for agricultural purposes have, instead, been illegally sold, said an analysis group. The findings of the Forestry Land Analysis group, which comprises 15 regional representatives, have been submitted to the Union ...

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