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Yangon Payment System

YRTA will soon introduce Yangon Payment System (YPS). According to Global New Light of Myanmar, they are gonna announce winner for YPS tender on coming 10th January. I wish to see some promotions from the winning company in first few months to make the adoption rate better.

Majority of regular commuters are from low-income households. They will not be willing (or rather cannot afford) to top-up large sum of money (say Ks5000). Probably Ks1000 to Ks2000 top-ups will be more common. (Another reason of low top-up amount may be the concern that they might lose the card.) We may also have to consider what is the smallest acceptable denomination – Ks200 or Ks500.

In order to make the system efficient, promotions similar to mobile bill counterparts can be implemented. For example, if we top-up Ks2000, there will be Ks200 additional credit etc. In fact, there are many things to consider while devising policies with big impact on large population. And, winning company, I hope, makes the system flexible enough to ensure that it can adapt to demands and requirements which may soon arise.

I wish YBS a success.

Alpha Centauri ကို ၂၀၆၉ မှာ သွားဖို့ NASA ပြင်ဆင်နေ

ကမ္ဘာ့နေအဖွဲ့အစည်းနဲ့ အနီးဆုံးဖြစ်တဲ့ အလင်းနှစ် ၄.၄ နှစ် အကွာက Alpha Centauri ကို ၂၀၆၉ ခုနှစ်မှာ သွားကြည့်ဖို့ NASA ကတော့ ပြင်ဆင်နေပါပြီ။

၂၀၆၉ ခုနှစ်ဆိုတာ လကမ္ဘာပေါ်ကို လူတွေ ခြေချဖို့ကြိုးစားခဲ့တဲ့ အပိုလို ၁၁ ခရီးစဉ် အောင်မြင်ခဲ့တဲ့ ၆၉ ခုနှစ်ကနေ နှစ်ပေါင်း ၁၀၀ တိုင်မယ့် ကာလပေါ့။ လူတွေ ရှင်သန်နေထိုင်နိုင်တယ်လို့ ယူဆခံထားရတဲ့ Proxima ​B ဂြိုဟ်မှာ သက်ရှိတွေ ရှိမရှိ အနီးကပ်လေ့လာဖို့ ကြိုးစားတော့မှာပါ။

ဒါပေမယ့်လည်း ဒီလိုတွေဖြစ်လာနိုင်ဖို့ နှစ်ပေါင်း ၅၀ လောက် ကြိုပြင်ရသလို ဖြစ်နေပါတယ်။ ဒါကလည်း အကြောင်းတော့ ရှိပါတယ်။ အလင်းနှစ် ၄.၄ နှစ် ကွာဝေးတာမို့ အလင်းရဲ့ ဆယ်ပုံတစ်ပုံ အလျင်နဲ့ သွားရင်တောင် ရောက်ဖို့ ၄၄ နှစ်ကြာပါမယ်။ (အလင်းအလျင်ရဲ့ ဆယ်ပုံတစ်ပုံနဲ့ သွားဖို့ လက်ရှိမှာ မဖြစ်နိုင်သေးပါဘူး။) ဆိုတော့ ၂၀၆၉ ခုနှစ်မှာ တကယ် ထွက်ဖြစ်ရင်တောင် ၂၁၁၃ ခုနှစ်မှာ Proxima B ကို ရောက်ပါမယ်။ ပြီးရင် အလင်းအလျင်အတိုင်း အချက်အလက်တွေ ပြန်ပို့နိုင်မယ်ဆိုရင်တောင် အချက်အလက်တစ်ခု ရဖို့ ၄နှစ်နဲ့ ၅လဝန်းကျင် စောင့်ရပါမယ်။ Live Communication ဘယ်လိုမှ မလွယ်တော့ပါဘူး။ အန္တရာယ်လည်း အ​တော်ကြီးပါတယ်။

NASA hopes to send a probe to Alpha Centauri in 2069 ရှု

Long-awaited airport train finally running

Jakarta Airport Train Finally Running

PT Railink workers check the equipment of the new airport train in Manggarai Train Depot, Jakarta, Friday, November 24, 2017. The train will connect downtown Jakarta from Sudirman Station and Soekarno Hatta Airport in tangerang with capacity of 33.000 passengers each day. PT Railink will conduct the test run of the train on December 2017. (JP/Seto Wardhana.)

During a trial period from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1 passengers are charged Rp 30,000 (US$2.2) for a one-way ticket. On Jan. 2, the fare will increase to Rp 70,000, and eventually it will increase to Rp 100,000 per trip.

For 36.3km journey, I consider ticket fares to be rather expensive. Promotional price of 2800 MMK will become regular price of 6600 MMK starting January 2, 2018. And, eventually, it will become 9500 MMK. But, if you have experienced Jakarta’s notorious traffic from airport to city, you’d probably be more glad that you have new travelling option.

လေဆိပ်ကနေ ဂျကာတာ မြို့ထဲကို ၃၆.၃ ကီလိုမီတာ ခရီးအတွက် စမ်းသပ်ကာလ အထူးလျှော့စျေးအနေနဲ့ ဒီဇင်ဘာလ ၂၆ ရက်နေ့ကနေ ဇန်နဝါရီလ ၁ ရက်နေ့အထိ ရထားလက်မှတ်ခ မြန်မာငွေ ၂၈၀၀ ကျပ်ကျသင့်မှာ ဖြစ်တယ်။ ဇန်နဝါရီလ ၂ ရက်နေ့ကနေ စပြီး မြန်မာငွေ ၆၆၀၀ ကျပ်ကျသင့်မှာ ဖြစ်ပါတယ်။ တဖြည်းဖြည်းနဲ့ မြန်မာငွေ ၉၅၀၀ ကျပ်အထိ တိုးမြှင့်ကောက်ခံ သွားဖို့ရှိပါတယ်။ စျေးများတယ်လို့ ဆိုနိုင်ပေမယ့် ဂျကာတာ လေဆိပ်ကနေ မြို့ထဲကို သွားရင် က​ြုံတွေ့နေကျ ယာဉ်ကြောကြပ်တည်းမှုကို ကြုံတွေ့ဖူးတဲ့သူတွေအတွက်တော့ ခုစတင်လိုက်တဲ့ ရထားပြ​ေးဆွဲမှုဟာ သတင်းကောင်းတစ်ခုပါပဲ။

Source: Long-awaited airport train finally running – News – The Jakarta Post

Yangon heritage building reopens to public

Iconic building undergoing restoration, tours launched in the meantime

Iconic building undergoing restoration, tours launched in the meantime

Yangon Heritage Trust and Anawmar Art Group are in the midst of a restoration project to bring the building back to its former glory while preserving Yangon’s architectural heritage.

Slated for completion in 2019, the Secretariat will serve as a cultural complex, housing museums, galleries, event spaces, offices and a range of F&B outlets.

Source: Yangon heritage building reopens to public | TTG Asia

Myanmar powers up

electrification photo

Photo by Timitrius

This is one tough question to answer.

The government heavily subsidises electricity prices, providing power to consumers at around 3 US cents a megawatt, compared with 16 cents in Cambodia. This is much less than the cost of production, which is around 8 or 9 cents. It costs the government around $350 million a year to subsidise the national grid.

The government seems to have deferred any move to raise electricity prices for fear of sparking protests and unrest, say some industry analysts. This has also raised fears that the government will continue to drag its feet on approving generation projects, as new plants would swell the subsidy bill further, increasing the budget deficit and straining public finances

Source: Myanmar powers up | Bangkok Post

Social Networks

social networks

Social networks are so influential that a seemingly-harmless action taken by you might adversely affect the destiny of another.

Be very careful.

Chronicler of Islamic State ‘killing machine’ goes public

His friend the ex-taxi driver told him about an airstrike that had just killed multiple high-level Islamic State commanders, destroying a giant weapons cache. Elated, Mosul Eye dashed home to post it online. He hit “publish” and then, minutes later, realized his mistake. The information could have come from only one person. He trashed the post and spent a sleepless night.

This could be turned into a movie, especially the scene where Omar Mohammed had decided to die and sipped a cuppa on the bank of the Tigris. An inspiring story indeed.

via Chronicler of Islamic State ‘killing machine’ goes public

The Politics Of Myanmar’s Changing Tea Culture

Classic Burmese laphet yay tea is a mix of evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk and black tea.

Classic Burmese laphet yay tea is a mix of evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk and black tea.

“Tea shops are not just where people go to get good, cheap food,” says artist Kaung Kyaw Khine, 35, who earlier this year was featured in an art show in Yangon focusing on tea shops. “It’s a part of our culture, history, and where people go for all matters in life.”

via The Politics Of Myanmar’s Changing Tea Culture | KCLU

Trump to call Jerusalem Israel’s capital, move embassy

jerusalem photo

Photo by Walkerssk (Pixabay)

Israel claims the city as its capital, following the occupation of East Jerusalem in the 1967 war with Syria, Egypt and Jordan, and considers Jerusalem to be a “united” city. Palestinians have long seen East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.

Dirty politics is dirty.

via Trump to call Jerusalem Israel’s capital, move embassy | Al Jazeera

Voyager 1 Fires Up Thrusters After 37 Years

An artist concept depicting one of the twin Voyager spacecraft.

The Voyager team is able to use a set of four backup thrusters, dormant since 1980. They are located on the back side of the spacecraft in this orientation. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

On Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, Voyager engineers fired up the four TCM thrusters for the first time in 37 years and tested their ability to orient the spacecraft using 10-millisecond pulses. The team waited eagerly as the test results traveled through space, taking 19 hours and 35 minutes to reach an antenna in Goldstone, California, that is part of NASA’s Deep Space Network.

via Voyager 1 Fires Up Thrusters After 37 Years