THE Minister of Progress of Border Areas and National Races and
Development Affairs, Colonel Thein Nyunt, has been appointed mayor
of Naypyidaw, the new administrative capital near Pyinmana in
The announcement was made by the Prime Minister’s Office
on March 1.
An official from the ministry in Naypyidaw said Colonel Thein
Nyunt will also continue serving as minister, a position he has
held since 1997.
– Nwe Nwe Aye
THE United Nations Women’s Association (UNWA) donated about
K3.8 million for four micro-development projects in Myanmar last
year, said association president Mrs Ranjana Udas.
The donation money went to two projects in Yangon – the
repair of an orphanage and the improvement of the sewage system
in a madrasah (Islamic school) – and two in Shan State:
construction of a nursery school in Paw Naw and of a village resources
centre in Yay Oo Myauk, both in Nyanung Shwe township.
– Khin Myat
THE Yangon Division Traffic Police Force has increased the penalty
for motorcycle riders who cross into Yangon Division, where motorcycle
use is prohibited, from areas where they are registered.
“Previously, we imposed a fine of K11,500 for operating
motorcycles in Yangon Division, but early this month we started
confiscating motorcycles that cross over from registered areas,”
said Police Inspector Daw Ohn Kyi.
– Yan Naing Hein
Betel nut warning
CHEWING betel nut might be considered a quintessential Myanmar
habit, but the practice has a negative effect on health as well
as on personal finances, said Dr Nyo Nyo Kyaing, the project manager
of the Health Department’s Tobacco Free Initiatives program.
She said chewing betel can cause stomach aches, irregular heartbeats,
mouth ulcers and even oral cancer.
A 2004 survey conducted by Tobacco Free Initiatives found that
25 per cent of men and 8 per cent of women in Myanmar chew betel
nut, most of them from the lower class. It also found that the
average betel user spends about 10 per cent of his or her income
on the habit.
– Sandar Linn
Bus service contract
AN official from the Yangon Division All Bus-line Control Committee
said that buses are not allowed to stop running or to shift to
another line without the committee’s approval, even if their
service contract has expired.
“If the buses are bought from us, the owners must sign a
contract to operate for five years under the supervision of the
committee,” said committee secretary U Myat Hla, adding
that if the buses stop running without informing the committee,
the licence will not be renewed.
Although bus owners must get committee approval if they want to
keep running after their contract expires, they are not required
to sign another contract, he said.
The committee collects two per cent of the daily earnings from
each bus for administrative costs and another one per cent for
the Workers’ Welfare Fund.
– Yan Naing Hein