August 19, 2016

Myanmar to completely switch to digital broadcasting by 2020

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Digital broadcasting will cover the whole nation by 2020, the Union Minister for Information Dr Pe Myint told Amyotha Hluttaw yesterday, adding that the transition from analogue to digital broadcasting is in progress with completion of third stage in 2015-2016 FY.
A total of 144 DVB-T2 relay stations have broadcast digital TV programmes, ncluding National Race channels as well as 78 FM stations have started operations following the third stage completion, said the Union Minister.
Regarding a question about a Naga national race programme to be included in the MRTV’s National Races channel, the Union minister replied that a DVB-T2 relay station will be built in the Naga self-administered zone during the fiscal year 2019-2020 and the Naga program will be available on the National Races channel following the completion of the transmitting station in the region.
During the yesterday’s Amyotha Hluttaw session, Union Minister for Transport and Communications U Thant Sin Maung responded to a question on transportation safety in Rakhine State.
The Union minister said that a project proposal for a fleet of three vessels to be used in the water transport sector of Rakhine State was presented to the Ministry of Planning and Finance.
Myanmar and Japanese experts made a field trip to Rakhine State last July to assess whether the vessels that will be donated by the Japanese government is suitable for the proposed waterway in the state, added the Union minister. Next, the Union minister also responded to a question on compensation for farmlands in Salin Township of Magway Region, saying that compensation will be given to the farmers who lost their farmlands in Kyangin-Pakokku railroad project following the approval of additional budget for this fiscal year.
Then, Amyotha Hluttaw representatives debated a Bill amending the Civil Servants Law. According to the Hluttaw, parliamentary discussions on the amendment bill will be heard again by the Bill Committee.


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