As tech spreads, Myanmar women become victims of ‘revenge porn’

Like many 20-year-olds in Myanmar, Ma Yadana Kyaw Thu* has had a Facebook account for several years to share her thoughts and photos, and to stay in touch with friends. But then, earlier this year, she started receiving disturbing phone calls from unknown men. After a while she realised someone had created a fake Facebook […]

Beer station profits slump as pumps close

Some Yangon beer stations are still flouting a long-ignored law against selling draught beer without a special licence, which local authorities recently started trying to enforce. Those that have followed the letter of the law, meanwhile, are seeing business slump. Most beer stations across the country have served draught beer for many years under an FL17 […]

Yangon Trade Centre tender to be re-opened

A tender will be called early next year to renovate the Yangon Trade Centre, which has been closed since a 2005 bomb attack, according to Ministry of Commerce officials. The ministry invited companies to restore the building last year, but scrapped the idea after receiving no suitable applications. Six companies applied but were all rejected. […]

Rail ministry to repeat aborted tender

The Ministry of Rail Transportation has cancelled a tender to redevelop the area surrounding the Yangon Central Railway Station, with plans to launch another in the future, according to a statement posted on the Ministry of Information’s web portal late last week. The Yangon Central Railway Station project was to be built on 63 acres […]

Congestion tax proposal divides Yangon residents

A proposal to levy a “congestion tax” on cars entering downtown Yangon has prompted a fierce response from motorists, who say it will do little to reduce traffic and may even create more jams. The debate was prompted by U Ba Myint, from the Yangon Supervisory Committee for Motor Vehicles, which is better known by […]