Parliament backs Parkway Hospital suspension

THE Pyithu Hluttaw approved a proposal to suspend the lease of a 4.3-acre plot owned by the Ministry of Health near Yangon General Hospital, which was originally slated to house a private Parkway Hospital, at a parliamentary session yesterday. Lawmakers called for the suspension of the lease of land for the private hospital during their […]

Lower House MP Seeks Halt to High-Rise Construction in Rangoon

A National League for Democracy parliamentarian on Thursday put forward an urgent proposal to suspend construction of Rangoon high-rises that are not in accordance with existing laws. May Win Myint told The Irrawaddy that she submitted the proposal because she had learned that some private and government-owned high-rise projects were going forward without the necessary […]

Shwedagon High-Rise Developments to be Relocated Soon: MIC

RANGOON — The relocation of five cancelled developments planned near Rangoon’s Shwedagon Pagoda is likely to be finalized by the end of the year, according to the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC). At a press conference on Wednesday, MIC secretary Aung Naing Oo reiterated earlier comments that developments would be relocated elsewhere in Rangoon to compensate […]

Myanmar’s Mining Reforms Stall, Hindering Foreign Investment

A new mining law that would clarify rules and ease restrictions for foreign investors looking to tap into the lucrative sector remains frozen in Myanmar’s legislature, said an official from the country’s Ministry of Mines. The law, which was proposed more than two years ago, is still being debated by Myanmar’s parliament said Win Htein, […]

Myanmar’s Upper House Begins Discussing Education Law Amendments

Myanmar’s upper house of parliament began discussions today on amendments to the controversial education law, as authorities released 20 people arrested earlier this month during a brutal police crackdown on students and others protesting against the current legislation. Eight lawmakers in the upper house want to include specific changes to the current education law such […]

Myanmar president approves plan for constitution referendum – lawmakers

YANGON: Myanmar’s president has given the green light to hold a referendum this year on amendments to the country’s military-drafted constitution, two lawmakers said on Wednesday. President Thein Sein gave his approval late on Tuesday to hold the plebiscite, which could take place as early as May. Myanmar is due to hold a general election […]