Monthly Archives: November 2017

Winter birds start migrating to Paleik Lake

Wild swans and other rare birds can be found in Paleik Lake.  Photo: Supplied

WINTER birds have started migrating to Palake Lake which is a Ramsar region in Singaing Township, Kyaukse District, Mandalay Region, since early November, according to the Myawady Daily.
Normally, these migratory birds came to the lake in early December. Wild swans and other rare birds can be found in the area.
The lake is home to 37 species of water bird, seven other bird species and eight fish species.
According to the surveys conducted in 2012-2013, 30 water bird species, 11 winter bird species and 19 regional bird species were also spotted in the lake. Located about 9.3 miles, southwest of Mandalay and at 89 feet above the sea level, the Paleik Lake is the lake with the largest number of migratory birds in the region. It had an area of 323.76 hectares in the rainy season. The area shrinks to 40.47 hectares in the summer.
According to bird watchers, more than 30 species of migratory birds were at the lake last winter season.
The majority of the migratory birds come to the Paleik, Pyu and Taungthaman lakes.
For the time being, the lake is crowded with photographers, bird watchers and natural lovers.

Source : Global New Light of Myanmar 

Tender winners of railway improvement projects to soon be announced

A circular train runs on railway lines at a rural railway station.  Photo: Phoe Khwar

THE Ministry of Transport and Communications will officially announce the tender winning companies for Yangon Railway Station improvement project next month, according to a report of the Myawady Daily’s Monday edition.
The new plan is to develop commercial facilities, hotels and recreation complex on 62 acres of land plot within the compound of Yangon Railway Station.
The development project includes renovation and expansion of old Yangon Central Railway Station.
It is expected to take five years.
A spokesperson of the ministry said that not only domestic companies but international companies from Malaysia, Italy, South Korea, Qatar, Japan, Singapore, Canada and Viet Nam expressed their interest to take part in tender process.
This is the second time the transport authorities invited tender for the new scheme as they found no appropriate companies for the project in the first tender. This is why the ministry invited tender again.
Currently, scrutinisation processes are being made by the ministry to choose tender winners. The name of the winning companies is planned to be announced within December.

Source : Global New Light of Myanmar 

Fourth Ayeyawady dolphin tour in dolphin conservation area begins

An Ayeyawady dolphin seen at a conservation area near Mandalay. Photo: Supplied

The fourth Ayeyawady dolphin tour in a dolphin conservation area kicked off last Sunday for tourists and locals with an interest in exploring nature and the livelihoods of fishermen, according to on 6 November’s report of Myawady Daily.
A dolphin watching tour commenced on 15th October, the fourth time that tourists and locals were taken on guided tours. A total of 21 tourists and four local visitors have taken part.
It is hoped this eco-tourism effort will result in increasing numbers of tourists and local visitors to observe endangered dolphins, eco-villages and fishermen. This tour aims to reduce the possible threat to endangered dolphins, said U Thant Zin, the eco-tourism manager of the Wildlife Conservation Society.
This Ayeyawady-dolphin based tour includes two-day or three-day trips from Mandalay to Singaing. In addition to dolphin watching, eco-tourists can also observe fishing, traditional businesses such as pottery making and bamboo hat production businesses.
During high season last year, more than 290 tourists and 400 local visitors visited dolphin conservation areas. This year is expected to host more visitors.
Ayeyawady dolphin conservation activities were launched by the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Fishery Department. A total of 72 dolphins were discovered in 2011 and 2014, whereas only 60 dolphins were found in previous years. — GNLM

Source : Global New Light of Myanmar 

Japan’s ANA ditches Myanmar’s Asian Blue airline project

An ANA aircraft lands at an airport. The airline is pulling out of a JV in Myanmar. Photo – Supplied

Japan’s ANA Holdings Inc has dropped a plan to form a joint venture in Myanmar, the airline said on November 6, after its application for an air operator’s certificate (AOC) was rejected by the authorities in the Southeast Asian country.

ANA established the Asian Blue joint venture last year with local investor Golden Sky World, owned by property-to-banking conglomerate Shwe Than Lwin.

ANA had agreed to take a 49 percent stake in the airline, which would have focused on international routes, in anticipation of growing demand as Myanmar opens up following decades of military rule.

Asian Blue was ANA’s second attempt at investing in Myanmar. In 2014 it scrapped a plan to buy a 49 percent stake in Asian Wings Airways after growing competition made the investment too risky.

“We can’t find a reason,” said ANA’s Myanmar representative H. Sammy Aramaki, referring to the government’s refusal to issue the operating licence.

“The management can’t wait for any longer,” he said, whose company filed the application in May last year. He said ANA’s operation in Myanmar would continue as usual.

A spokesman for Myanmar’s Department of Civil Aviation said ANA’s AOC application was rejected. He did not elaborate.

The decision comes amid growing frustration over the Myanmar government’s management of the economy. The country’s much-needed new foreign investment approvals have slowed since Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy won a election victory in late 2015 in one of the region’s poorest countries.

“We regret the fact that we decided to wind up the company, but we would like to keep on exploring the possibility to contribute to the development of the airline industry in Myanmar,” an ANA spokesman told Reuters.

ANA, which operates daily flights between Myanmar’s commercial capital Yangon and Tokyo, holds a 8.8 percent stake in Vietnam Airlines.

Source : Myanmar Times 

Stock trading decline quickens

Visitors seen at Yangon Stock Exchange in downtown Yangon.  Photo: Phoe Khwar

THE Yangon Stock Exchange (YSX) saw a faster decline in stock trading, according to a report of the Myawady Daily.
At present, the average trading on the YSX is about Ks60 million a day and between 6,000 and 7,000 stocks have regularly been traded on the YSX, said U Thet Tun Oo, an executive senior manager of the YSX.
He continued to say that the current stock market is cooling down when compared with the time before the Thingyan New Year Water Festival in April. The decline in stock trading is mainly related to demand and supply and it is difficult to estimate the market.
Some people said that there are a few listed companies in the market. It is a good opportunity for share trading at a time when there are only a few listed companies in the market, said Jenna Phu, investment advisor to KBZSC.
For the time being, there are four listed companies on the YSX, including First Myanmar Investment, Myanmar Thilawa SEZ Holdings, Myanmar Citizens Bank and First Private Bank. The stock trading on the YSX on October 27 reached over Ks112 million.

Source : Global New Light of Myanmar

20% tourist increase expected in Mandalay

Tourists visit Kuthodaw Pagoda in Mandalay.  Photo: MNA

Tourists visiting Mandalay are expected to increase to about 400,000, over 20 per cent more than the previously forecast rate, according to U San Yu, assistant head of the department of hotels and tourism.
“According to the lists of previous months, an increase in tourists is being seen more this year than last year. Therefore, the forecast rate, over a 20 per cent increase, is sure at the end of the year. Almost every foreign tourist visits Mandalay as it is a must-visit culture zone in Myanmar” U San Yu added.
A total of 385,031 tourists visited Mandalay in 2016. During the months of January to August of this year, a total of 301,803 tourists already visited Mandalay. Therefore, the forecasted number of over 400,000 are sure to visit this year in the remaining four months of this year. September to December are the high tour season months. “In September, via Mandalay International Airport, over 20,000 foreign tourists holding various visas visited Mandalay. Most of the tourists are from China and tourists from France, America and Thailand also visited”, said an official from the department of immigration and national registration. In the Mandalay Region, there are 198 hotels with 8,111 rooms. Foreign tourists mostly visited downtown Mandalay, Amarapura, Innwa, Mingyun and Bagan, NyaungU.
According to the lists, a total 385,031 tourists visited Mandalay in 2016 with the following monthly rates — 40,533 in January, 39,150 in February, 38,384 in March, 20,262 in April, 21,080 in May, 17,988 in June, 23,748 in July, 26,228 in August, 23,131 in September, 52,357 in October, 52,375 in November and 47,945 in December. The number of tourists who visited in January was 53,051 — 55,482 in February, 45,592 in March, 27,496 in April, 27,076 in May, 27,365 in June, 32,432 in July and 33,309 in August are the monthly lists for this year, 2017.

Aung Thant Khaing

Source : Global New Light of Myanmar

Three endangered baby dolphins spotted in Ayeyawady River

Three baby Irrawaddy dolphins seen in Ayeyawady Rriver. Photo: WCS

Three baby Irrawaddy dolphins were discovered during the survey tour from 10th to 22nd October, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society-WCS.
The team includes conservationists from the Department of Fisheries and WCS expressed their expectation to see more baby dolphins, said U Han Win, Assistant Director of the Department of Fisheries.
They found the first baby dolphin on the first day of the survey trip and spotted next two on 16th and 17th October.
“They are considered to be born three months ago. As there is no trace of baby dolphins deaths in the tour, more baby dolphins are expected to be discovered”, U Han Win added.
The first baby dolphin was swimming at the dolphin conservation area between Mandalay and Kyauk Myaung when the team spotted and next two were discovered near lower Hteechaint and upper Katha.
Nearly 50 dolphins were found in this tour and 69 dolphins were found in the survey trip in February.
“January and February is the best time to survey the dolphins as the river recedes. Many creeks appear when the river level increase, therefore, next survey will make in February and then the survey about the population will be released soon.” he added.
Battery shock fishing is considered as the main threat to the fish and endanged dolphins in the river, but, the illegal fishing is decreasing.
U Lay Maung, a local fisherman who can communicate with the dolphins for fishing together with them, said “The increase in number of dolphins is very good. For their conservation, we should not just rely on the Department of Fisheries. Villagers and fishermen are also obliged to involve in conservation of dolphins”.

By Aung Thant Khaing

Source : Global New Light of Myanmar