Kumudra (weekly) 2005

Kumudra No. 201? (December 21?)

Kumudra No. 200 (December 16)

No. 196 (November 18)

Kumudra No-195 (November 11)

Kumudra journal No-194 (November 4)


Kumudra News No. 193 (October 28)

Kumudra weekly
No.188 (3/9/2005)

No. 186 (9/9/2005)

The Kumudra weekly No. 185 2nd Sept. 05.

Kumudra 19/8/2005, No. 183

Kumudra 10/6/2005


Kumudra 3/6/2005

Kumudra 18/2/2005

·          An article warning people to beware of rabies, which is believed to spring up in this season.

·          The upcoming summer season could be hotter than usual, said the meteorological department.  

·          An Australian University (Murdoch University) is recruiting Burmese students for classes in Rangoon, will be taught by Australian teachers. The school offers degrees and diplomas courses equivalent to the ones in Australia. Burmese students can study for Australian degrees in Rangoon with minimum expenses, said the school. US$ 8,000 per annum for a degree course and US$ 7,000 per annum for a diploma course.

·          Burma to hold another gems emporium in the end of March.

·          Burmas top quality tea production is still low and could not fulfil the demands for exports, said a green tea entrepreneur who is using good packing in marketing his green tea. Another company is exporting instant tea power to Singapore. Burmese green tea is known as organic green tea in the international markets, said the tea entrepreneurs.

·          Inspiration Company, the regional authorised centre for U.K’s Middlesex University, is offering free consulting for students seeking further education in the U.K. Average annual expenses will be around US$ 10,000 per annum to study in the university, said the company’s information officer.

·          Burmas pulses and beans dominates Indias market with 77% of the market shares, said the chairman of Burmas pulses and beans merchants association. Pigeon Peas, Gram & Green Mung Beans are most favourable in India market, said the chairman.

·          Pigeon Pea prices up due to buying for exports to India. China border trades still cool due to Lunar New Year. Harvests have completed for most of the crops, but merchants are finding it difficult to purchase the crops due to financial constraints.

Burma last year exported 5,000 tons of toddy palm sugar to China by border trade with kyats 150,000 per ton. Among the legally exported items by border trade from Muse China-Burma border in 2003/04, there were 60 tons of dried orchid stems and 250 live dogs.

Kumudra 11/2/2005

·          The government’s housing department is trying to build more low costs residence buildings in Rangoon for the middle income people.  The department officials said there are enough upmarket housing buildings in Rangoon at the moment and they will focus on building more low-costs buildings in the suburban areas.  

·          Real estate market cooler than the cool weather this year, said the real estate agents.

·          Timber exports to Europe have increased, said Scansia Myanmar Company, which is exporting timber & timber products from Burma to Europe. The company is exporting garden furniture, wooden boats, boat decks, wooden parquet & other timber products to U.K, Sweden, Norway & Poland. The company has a marketing office in U.K.

·          Gold prices stable at kyats 213000 per tical.

·          Car prices stable at low prices and business has come back to life slowly, said the car brokers.

·          Egg prices drop 30% due to increased supply in local markets during the Chinese New Year. Egg exports to China by border trade are stopped during the Chinese New Year and the eggs for exports have entered into the local markets.

·          The government’s post & telecom department is working to increase the number to public telephone booths in Rangoon & all over the country, said the officials from the department. The public phone booths will also offer fax & e-mail services, the officials added.

·          Edible oil prices drop due to increase in palm oil imports by border trade.

Pulses & beans market slow due to Lunar New Year

Kumudra 4/2/2005

·          Car tax can be paid at township revenue offices, said the revenue department officials. The government last year imposed tax from car owners and 6 special revenue offices were set up to collect taxes from the car owners. The special car tax offices are now closed and the township revenue offices take over the task of collecting car tax from the car owners.

·          There are some changes at border trade import/export procedures. Border trade imports procedures are getting stricter and the procedures become the same as normal trade, which importers & exporters are required to pass through the government banks for payments of goods by using L/C system.

·          The government urges private sector participation in pulses & beans exports promotion. Pulses and beans exports have been declining in recent months due to declining demands from the markets in India, where pulses and beans productions have increased this year.

·          Burma to hold the first triathlon (only half of the actual triathlon) in Rangoon on the Union Day on 12th February. There has never been a triathlon event in Burma.

·          Chinese made portable generators sales have been up, due to frequent power cuts in Rangoon.

·          Sales at the souvenirs and cake shops for the Chinese Lunar New Year have been very bad this year, said the shop owners at Rangoons Mingalar wholesales market.

·          The Myanmar Compassion Project, which started since 2000, has been providing health care services to 72 orphanages in Rangoon Division. The project office is at No.12 (o) People’s Lane, 7 mile, Pyay Road.

·          Cultured Rohu fish prices have dropped due to increased supply at the Rangoons fish wholesales market.  Fish farmers are facing difficulties due to declining fish prices.

·          Gold prices stable this week at kyats 213000 per tical.

·          Edible oil prices drop due to palm oil imports (smuggling) from Thailand by border trade.

·          The British Embassy in Rangoon announced on 11th January that student visa applications will be accepted, only from the students entering to the accredited schools in the U.K.

·          Pulses and beans prices drop dramatically this week, due to a stop in buying for China border trade. Possibly due to the Lunar New Year festivals. Buying for India markets are also quiet. Many merchants are getting worried. 

Kumudra 28/1/2005

·          Burma will go ahead with the project of turning 6000 city buses into CNG using buses by end March. There will be more CNG stations in Rangoon and all over Burma, said an official from ministry of energy.

·          More and more Burmese seamen are joining the Burma Seamen Union, because there are opportunities for applying GSM telephone, car import permits and buying low costs houses with instalments with seamen’s foreign exchange earnings.

·          Land plot prices drop further in Rangoon after the New Year, said a real estate agent. As the Chinese New Year is approaching, even rental business has been declining, said the agent.

·          Gold prices stable around kyats 213,000 per tical with brisk sales.

·          Retail stores at Mandalay Zay Cho market are stocking their goods as the Chinese New Year is approaching. Wholesale merchants take rest during Chinese New Year.

·          There are some buying for exports in the pulses and beans market and prices are getting higher.

·          Corn prices down 40% due to a rise in production.

·          Cauliflower prices are low due to an increase in production. Cabbage farmers are also facing big losses, said a vegetable merchant at Rangoon wholesales market.

·          Burma is studying the traffic control systems in Japan & Singapore, for future adoption in Burma, said a senior officer from traffic police force.

Kumudra 21/1/05

·          Drivers who honk horn in the city’s horn free zone will be fined 11500 kyats and jailed for 30 days, said the authorities. Two bus drivers were fined and jailed on 9th Jan.

·          Video production increase to 60 ~ 80 movies a month. Video rental shops, which are required by the regulations to buy 40% of the production, are having difficulties buying all the unwanted & unqualified videos.

·          Rice prices up slightly this week. Demands increase for stock keeping by families but supplies have reduced due to high paddy prices. Paddy prices are higher than the rice prices, said the merchants. 

·          Big losses in watermelon exports to China by border trade. Traders could not even regain the transport charges. A truckload of watermelons was seen selling at kyats 875,000 on the border and transport costs 1,100,000. Big losses for the traders this year.

·          Gold prices steady this week at 210000/tical on 14/1/05.

·          Pulses and beans prices drop. No buying for normal trade exports. Burma has become more dependent on China border trade for pulses and beans exports. Local merchants could not buy the new crops, due to cash constraint.

·          Car prices drop slightly and the market comes back to life.