Broken transmission line causes nationwide blackouts

Communities across Myanmar, including Yangon, Mandalay, and Naypyidaw, were hit by power blackouts this morning as a result of a broken high-voltage transmission line in the center of the country, which shut down the national power grid. The 230kV transmission line, running between Thapyaywa and Taungdwingyi, was damaged at around 6am, according to an announcement ...

Urban development

Three journalists arrested over coverage of Yangon chief minister’s alleged finance violations

Three journalists arrested over coverage of Yangon chief minister’s alleged finance violations

Three editors of Eleven Media were arrested this morning for publishing an article over the weekend accusing the Yangon Region government of financial mismanagement and violating...

Stylish video captures Yangon’s cultural renaissance

Stylish video captures Yangon’s cultural renaissance

A short video released last week captures the beauty and meaning of Yangon’s cultural resurgence after decades of repression by showcasing the talents of young artists and...

36 percent of detained Yangon street children reunited with parents

36 percent of detained Yangon street children reunited with parents

In the first seven months of 2018, Yangon Region authorities detained 427 street children, according to regional minister for social affairs Naing Ngan Lin. Only around 36...

Yangon-Dala bridge construction to begin in December

Yangon-Dala bridge construction to begin in December

After years of delays, construction on the bridge that will connect downtown Yangon to Dala Township, across the Yangon River, is now scheduled to begin in December, according to...

Tour operator fights for tourists’ right to drive motorbikes in Dawei

Tour operator fights for tourists’ right to drive motorbikes in Dawei

A tour operator is taking on the government of Myanmar’s southern Taninthayi Region to protect the right of foreign tourists to drive motorbikes in the Dawei Peninsula, one of...

Patients evacuated from Yangon General Hospital fire

Patients evacuated from Yangon General Hospital fire

Around 60 patients were evacuated from Yangon General Hospital last night after a fire broke out in the cancer ward. There were no reported deaths or injuries. According to...

Yangon authorities ill-equipped to prevent puddle electrocutions: MP

Yangon authorities ill-equipped to prevent puddle electrocutions: MP

Four days after a 13-year-old boy was killed by a downed power line submerged in a deep, murky puddle in his neighborhood, several branches of the Yangon government convened to...

Yangon authorities ignored reports of fallen power line that electrocuted boy

Yangon authorities ignored reports of fallen power line that electrocuted boy

A 13-year-old boy was killed on a South Okkalapa street on Friday as he was walking through a puddle in which a downed power line was submerged. The moment of the boy’s death...

Survey finds optimism among Myanmar’s urban residents

Survey finds optimism among Myanmar’s urban residents

Ever wonder what your fellow urbanites think about the city that they live in? A new survey by the Asia Foundation takes a first stab at figuring out what Myanmar’s cities are...


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Coconuts Yangon Urban development

Visiting writers often describe Yangon as a city “where time stood still”. Years of international isolation have kept the commercial center of Myanmar in a curious state of preservation – clerks still prepare type-written contracts on the street, and there are thousands of colonial-era buildings. But since reforms were introduced in 2011, that’s been changing fast. High-rises have been popping up in between the moldering mansions. Flyovers were erected by the former government in a much-criticized measure to combat traffic. For a while, it seemed like there was no real plan. In 2016, the city welcomed a popular new chief minister, Phyo Min Thein, who placed an emphasis on controlled development. There are high hopes that forging Yangon’s bright new future won’t mean destroying the charming relics of its past.