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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

Three MOI-owned factories in Yangon to cooperate with private sector

Three factories under the Ministry of Industry (MOI) in the Yangon Region will cooperate with local and international private investors after inviting Expressions of Interest (EOI), Assistant Secretary U Aung Soe Ya of the MOI told The Myanmar Times.Read  more ...

Death toll 34 from lightning, thunderstorms

A total of 23 people from Kachin, Kayah and Rakhine states as well as the Magwe, Tanintharyi, Yangon and Ayeyarwady regions, and Nay Pyi Taw, died as a result of being hit by lightning from April 1 to May 9. The Department of Relief and ...

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 ...

Myanmar designates 20 fields to promote investment

Myanmar’s efforts to promote investment will target 20 newly designated fields covering 192 types of businesses and services, using a law enacted in October that makes it easier for foreign companies to receive tax benefits. The industries covered include manufacturing, agriculture, urban development, communications and medicine, while fields ...

NUSU holds protest over unlicensed nurses ban

Some 500 student nurses marched on the streets of Yangon on March 15 in protest over the Ministry of Health and Sports’ directive to bar nurses who do not complete the required three years’ service in government hospitals from working at private hospitals. The protest march ...

Critics skeptical of new privacy legislation

Myanmar’s newly enacted privacy and security protection law received skepticism from several civil society groups that said the legislation was “incomplete” and failed to fully ensure the protection of individuals’ privacy and freedom of expression as it was adopted hastily and without public consultation. The ...

Light Festival set to electrify Yangon

Yangonites! Though many of us know November to be the month of light festivals, this summer will soon be known as another time for celebration. Beginning on March 19, the International Standard Lighting Festival will feature over 60 light sculptures including a light tunnel, Paris’ Eiffel ...

Student union plans a survey

Yangon University’s second student union, which was formed on March 1, is planning a survey to get the views of students on what they think of the rebuilding of the Student Union Building at campus. Union chair Ko Min Set Paing said the plan to ...

Myanmar celebrates the power of women this week

The government and several parties – including foreign embassies, business groups and non-governmental organisations – are coming together to hold a series of programs on women empowerment this week. The programs from Monday to Sunday in Yangon and Nay Pyi Taw are part of a global ...

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