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Voters lacking info about candidates: EEOP survey

More than half of the voters have admitted that they don’t know the plans and policies of the candidates competing in the by-election on April 1, 2017, according to the Pre-Election Voter Perception Survey done by the Election Education and Observation Partners (EEOP).

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Government to Give Investors Equal Rights at New Industrial Zones, Satellite Townships

The government has plans to build new industrial zones and satellite townships across the country, U Kyaw Win, the minister for planning and finance, told an investment conference.

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Construction on Yangon-Dala Bridge to Begin in April

Construction on the Yangon-Dala cross-river bridge, which will link Yangon's downtown area to the underdeveloped satellite town, will begin in April this year, the Ministry of Information announced last week.

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Changes to Fuel Policy to Level Playing Field – Minister

Myanmar is plan­ning to liberalize policy for for­eign retailors in the local fuel sales industry, the minister for finance and planning said.

U Kyaw Win told a meeting of investors at Yangon’s Novotel Hotel that “one of the reasons for liberalizing the policy is that there is a fuel price gap between the local re­tail market and the in­ternational market, even though the global fuel price is sliding down.

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Japan Donates Boat to Serve Rakhine Route Stricken by Fatal Sinking

The Japanese gov­ernment has do­nated a boat to Ra­khine state that will serve the same route where a fatal sinking killed dozens in 2015.

The boat, delivered by the Japan International Cooperation Agency, is the first if a batch of wa­tercraft that will be used for transporting passen­gers through the state’s inland and coastal water­ways.

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Fruit and Veg Growers Call on Gov to Build Weekend Wholesale Markets in Yangon

Fruit and vegetable growers have called on the government to build weekend whole­sale markets as part of the Yangon region’s agricul­tural master plan, which was devised by the gov­ernment to boost the local agricultural industry.

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Factories told to close on polling day

Factories in Hlaing Tharyar have been told to close on polling day to allow their employees to cast their votes in the township’s by-election.

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Factory Workers in Hlaing Tharyar Protest Halving of Thingyan Holiday

Hundreds of work­ers from facto­ries in Yangon's Hlaing Tharyar staged protests against a govern­ment decision to halve the number of days in the an­nual Thingyan holiday.

Last week, 500 workers from 15 different facto­ries held a demonstration against the government announcement that their normal 10-day Thingyan holiday would be cut to five days.

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Yangon Fintech Firm Launches Data Services in Bid to Modernise Microfinance

Yangon based fin­tech company ThitsaWorks has launched data manage­ment solutions for small and medium microfi­nance institutions (MFIs), as it seeks to take their op­erations out of notebooks and onto screens.

The firm hopes that through its cloud and data centre services, mi­crofinance organisations will become more efficient and the country’s poor will have easier access to capital.

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Firm in Talks to Raise $25m for Project to Lay Fibre Optic Cables in Major Cities

FibreLink Myanmar, a firm that aims to lay fibre optic broadband cables in cities throughout the country, is in talks to raise $25 mil­lion of equity for the first stage of its investment plan.

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